Saturday, June 29, 2013

University Hand Book DISTRIBUTING AGENTS & Bookshops List

Sri Lanka University Hand Book DISTRIBUTING AGENTS & BookShops -District wise

HandBook is obtainable from the UGC or Distributing Agents 

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01. Colombo

S. Godage & Brothers, 675, Maradana Road, Colombo 10
Sadeepa Book Shop, 1060, Maradana Road,Borella Colombo 08
Vijitha Yapa Book Shop, 130, S.De.S. Jayasinghe Mw.,Kohuwala Nugegoda
Vijitha Yapa Book Shop,Unity Plaza, 02,Galle Road,Colombo 04
Vijitha Yapa Book Shop,32, Thurstan Road,Colombo 03
Vijitha Yapa Book Shop,G 6 A, Crescat Boulevard,Colombo 03
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd.,30,Stanly Tillakaratne Mawatha, Nugegoda
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd., 44/9, Y.M.B.A. Building, Fort.
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd., 1/50, Y.M.B.A. Building, Borella.
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd., 74, Highlevel Road, Maharagama.
Sasiri (Pvt.) Ltd.,14, High Level Road, Maharagama
Sarasavi Marketing Enterprises, UG 19, People’s Park, Gunasinghepura, Colombo 11
Poobalasingham Book Depot, 340, Sea Street, Colombo 11
Thusitha Book Shop (Pvt.) Ltd., 433 Q,Galle Road, Ratmalana
Sithuruwana Book Shop, 08, Ingiriya Road, Padukka
Victory Book Shop, 21, Yatiyantota Road, Avissawella
Welfare Society, UGC, No. 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07
Sanila Bookshop, 323, Kaduwela Road, Battaramulla

02. Gampaha

Shanthi Book Depot, 50 Main Street, Gampaha
AmarasirI Publishers, 34, Main Street, Ja-Ela
K.A. Ariyadasa & Co., 32, Main Street, Veyangoda
Sampath Palitha De Seram Book Shop,No. 60, Sampath Finance Building, Kandy Road, Kiribathgoda
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd., 87, Minuwangoda Road, Gampaha
Vijitha Yapa Book Shop,135,Rajapaksha Broadway, Negombo
Rohan Book Shop & Hardware Stores, New Kandy Road, Delgoda
Wishwa Book Depot & Publishers, 231/2, Kirindiwela Road, Yakkala
Dileepa Book Shop, No. 07, Pasyala Road, Meerigama
Ganga Bookshop, 134, Kandy Road, Nittambuwa

Orchid Enterprises, 109,Anguruwathota Road, Horana
Wijaya Book Shop, No. 20, Aluthgama Road, Matugama
New Owen Joseph Book Depot, 240, Main Street, Kalutara South.
Lak Isuru (Pvt.) Ltd., 324, Main Street, Panadura
New Pradeepa Book Shop, 51/C, Kalutara Road, Bandaragama.

04. Matale

Malaka Traders (Pvt.) Ltd., 55/57, Main Street, Matale

05. Kandy

Vijitha Yapa Book Shop, 05, Kotugodella Street, Kandy
Dawasa Poth Medura, No. 12, Nuwara Eliya Street, Gampola.
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd., 86, D.S. Senanayaka Street, Kandy
Harischandra Pothmedura, No. 36, Cross Street, Kandy
Lanka Central Book Depot, 84, Colombo Street, Kandy
Samudra Book Shop, Peradeniya Road, Kandy

06. Nuwara Eliya

Kumarans Trade (Books) Centre, 19, Daily Fair Complex, Kandy Road, Nuwara Eliya
Nishan Book Shop, Ratmetiya Road, Rikillagaskada
Cheapside Book Shop, 40, Gampola Road, Nawalapitiya

07. Galle

Vijitha Yapa Book Shop, No. 12, Wackwella Road, Galle
G.H. Ariyadasa Book Shop, No. 73, Dangedara Street, Galle
Royal Book Depot, 152, Main Street, Ambalangoda
Vithana Book Shop,04, Baddegama Road, Wanduramba
Sena Book Shop, Elpitiya
Lahiru Book Shop, Selaka Shoping Complex, Galle

08. Matara

H.B. Eramanis Appuhamy & Sons,87,Dharmapala Mawatha, Matara
Weerasinghe Book Shop, Matara Road, Kamburupitiya
Sarasavi Book Shop (Pvt.)Ltd., 74, Kumaratunga Mawatha, Matara
Vijitha Yapa Book Shop, 05 A – 1/1,Dharmapala Mawatha Matara

09. Hambantota

Muthumala Book Shop, 117, Main Street, Tangalle
M.A.S. Traders, 24, Super Market, Walasmulla
Ruksevana Poth Medura, 92, Dickwella Road, Beliatta

10. Jaffna

Poobalasingham Book Depot, 04, Hospital Road, Jaffna
Makkamilan Book Shop, No. 3, Bus Stand, Jaffna
Thurka Stationers, Bus Stand View, Chunnakam

11. Vavuniya

Ramachandiras, 20 A, Bus Stand Complex, Vavuniya

12. Trincomalee

Rainbow Minilab (Pte) Ltd.,113,Vidyalayam Road,Trincomalee

13. Batticaloa

Rajah’s Book Centre, 111, Main Street, Batticaloa
Noori Book Shop, Main Street, Kaththankudy

14. Ampara

Photo Rio, 120 A, Main Street, Kalmunai
Central Book Shop, Potuvil Road, Akkaraipattu
Weligama Stores, 04th Lane, Ampara
A 2 Z Book Centre, 154, Hospital Road, Nintavur 15

15. Puttalam

Samanthi Book Shop, 39, Marawila Road, Nattandiya
The Paper House, 12, Colombo Road, Puttalam
Mayura Book Shop, 8, Colombo Road, Chilaw

16. Kurunegala

Samudra Book Shop, 10, Puttalam Road, Kurunegala
Karies Book Shop, 577, Meegahakotuwa, Kuliyapitiya
Sarasavi Printers & Publishers, 24, Dambulla Road, Kurunegala
Richard Trading Co. (Pvt.) Ltd., 64, Parakumba Street, Kurunegala
Sarasavi Marketing Enterprises, 135, Colombo Road, Kurunegala

17. Anuradhapura

Gunasekara & Co.,139, Maithripala Senanayake Mawatha, Anuradhapura
Buddhika Book Shop, 282, Main Street, Bank Place, Anuradhapura
Sanjeewa Pharmacy & Book Shop, No. 136, Main Street, Kekirawa
Muthukuda Paper Corner & Printers, New Town, Thambuththegama

18. Polonnaruwa

Deepani Book Depot, 70, Public Market, Hingurakgoda
Puwasa Book Medura, Hospital Junction, Polonnaruwa

19. Badulla

Jhan’s Book Shop, 89, Lower Street, Badulla
E.M.G. Karunaratne Book Shop, 58,Dharmawijaya Mw.,Bandarawela
Isuru Fair, 80, Nuwara Eliya Road, Welimada.

20. Monaragala

Myson Trade Centre, 26, Main Street, Monaragala
A.D.S. Agencies, No. 14, Main Street, Bibile

21. Kegalle

Sri Lanka Book Shop, 89, Court Junction, Kegalle
Dharmawardene Book Shop, Bus Stand, No. 1, Down Floor,
Anguruwella, Ruwanwella
Lanka Book Shop, 122, Main Street, Warakapola
A.J. Communication & Bookshop, 21 A, Courts Road, Mawanella

22. Ratnapura

Karunaratna Brothers, 16, Church Road, Ratnapura
Jinasiri Trade Centre, 96, Main Street, Balangoda.
Sumanagiri Trade Centre, Main Street, Embilipitiya
Synka Poth Medura, Bus Stand, Kuruwita

Method of obtaining the Prescribed Form and other particulars about University Admission

Every application for admission should be made in the prescribed form issued with the Handbook on university admission, which is obtainable from the University Grants Commission Secretariat, No. 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07 or from the Distributing Agents appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on payment of cash, from 30.06.2013.
Closing Date for applications

The closing date of applications will be 23.07.2013. Completed application forms could be handed over or sent by registered post addressed to the Senior Assistant Secretary (University Admissions), University Grants Commission, No. 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07. No applications will be entertained after 23.07.2013.

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25 New Technical universities to fill the skills gap - Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government plans to set up 25 technical universities and university colleges across the island, to cater to students who fail to gain entry to state universities.

The ground-breaking move will provide job-oriented courses and create alternative learning pathways up to degree level for thousands of students leaving formal education. The plan is that job-oriented courses will upgrade students’ competencies, leading to degree-level qualifications and professional development.

The proposal, made by Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, has been approved by the cabinet, which has allocated US$16 million for the project. The 25 colleges will be affiliated to the University of Vocational Technology and will accommodate more than 50,000 students, who will study for degrees and diplomas.

The aim of the project is to provide progressive training to students in the technical education and vocational training system and help them acquire university education, with the intention of preparing them for the modern, high-tech employment market.

Sri Lanka has 15 state universities but only 23,000 students are admitted annually out of the 220,000 who sit the university entrance (A-level) examination every year. The limited capacity of the universities means most students miss the opportunity to obtain a higher education. About 12,000 Sri Lankan students go to foreign countries annually seeking higher education and US$400 million of foreign exchange is also drained from the country.

A memorandum of agreement, or MOU, signed last week for the establishment of the first technical university, Malik Abdullah Technical College, will provide technical education facilities for 1,500 students in the eastern province. After signing the MOU, Alahapperuma said that revolutionary changes were being introduced to effectively address the mismatch between state education and job requirements.

Full Article - UniversityWorldNews

Friday, June 28, 2013

71 University Students of Sri Jayewardenepura Suspended

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura has fast become a torture camp and is unsuitable for academic purposes as the university's Vice Chancellor continues to work against undergraduates, student unions alleged yesterday.
In an ever-rising crackdown against student activists, the university has suspended 15 more students this week, for having participated in a protest on Wednesday, 19 June.

The Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF), charged that 71 undergraduates of the Jayewardenepura University have been suspended within a mere three-week period.
IUSF Convener, Sanjeewa Bandara, claimed the students' right to protest is being violated, as the undergraduates did not behave in a violent manner bringing disrepute to the university.

He said suspensions would not resolve the crisis, which has prevailed within the university over the last four years, and which incidentally is the main cause for the students to agitate.
"Students have been protesting because they don't have adequate facilities. Hostels don't have water, students with financial difficulties don't receive Mahapola Scholarships on time, and they don't have enough amenities to study in peace. When they protest against these issues, they're suspended, citing flimsy reasons.

It's a pathetic situation as students don't have the freedom to do anything without risking being kicked out," Bandara said.

The 15 students were suspended for protesting against the admission of several undergraduates to the Medical Faculty as private candidates.
The undergraduates were therefore agitating against the government's possible move towards the privatization of State Universities, which may be initiated by the 'selling of degrees' to certain students.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Independent Student Union Giyan Bandara Dissanayake said that what has happened in the Sri Jayawardenapura University is a political conspiracy. The objective of this conspiracy is to lure the first year students to the extremist groups. He alleged that student groups affiliated to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Frontline Socialist Party are behind this conspiracy. The objective of these groups is to revive ragging in the universities. Mr. Giyan emphasized that using first year students for political agitations cannot be accepted under any circumstances.

The student union has requested the university administration to take stern action against these activities. The Chairman of the Independent Students Union Yukthi Ekadheera said that the Vice Chancellor of the Jayawardenapura University should take all actions necessary to eliminate ragging in the university and bring it to normal condition. He said that extremist groups are attempting to shatter the peaceful situation in the university and to use the new students for their petty political objectives. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the University Grants Commission Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama said it is essential to maintain discipline within the university network. She said that the university administration is empowered to take action against the wrongdoers. 
She said that it is only a minority group that attempts to disrupt university activities and their objective is to deny the free education opportunities. The administration council of the Sri Jayawardenapura University has taken steps to suspend classes for 40 students who have been identified as involved in ragging. It is reported that the suspended students who belong to a certain political party are attempting to force the university students to stage demonstrations against the suspension of classes for identified students.
Extract from Ceylon Today & SLBC

A/L new technology subject stream

Minister of Education Mr. Bandula Gunawardana said that the fourth turning point in education in line with fulfilling the objective of creating a knowledge based society as mentioned in Mahinda Chinthana Prospectus occurred on 20th June 2013 and through this direction, a real change in the lives of all born and unborn children will happen.

The minister expressed these ideas while attending the function to introduce advanced level new technology subject stream to the nation under the patronage of HE the President Mahinda Rajapakse at Temple Trees on 20th June 2013.
After 1815 English education system prevailed in the country and it catered to a limited number of privileged elite social class people. Patriotic people such as Henry Olcott and Anagarika Dharmapala made the first turning point in education by opening Buddhist schools. After passing the free education act, Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara created the second turning point in education by opening 54 central colleges and the third turning point was done by Madam Sirimavo Bandaranayake taking over the schools under the government control, the minister stated.

The minister further emphasized that for the fourth turning point of introducing technology subject stream, several reasons caused and creating a qualified human resource for the available employments is the major one among those reasons. At present the percentages of students learning in advanced level can be categorized as Science and Mathematics subject stream 21%, Commerce subject stream 27% and Arts subject stream 52%. It is expected to change these percentages, increasing the advanced level Science and Mathematics subject stream up to 40%, Commerce subject stream up to 35% and reducing arts subject stream back to 25% by the year 2016. In line with these changes computer literacy rate also will be increased up to 75%, the minister further stated.

For the students who follow this new subject stream and qualify for the university entrance, a Science and Technology faculty will be created in the universities by 2016 and a new degree will be awarded as “Bachelor of Technology” (B tech), the minister said.

The new technology subject stream will be started on the 15th of next month in 200 schools selected from the 1000 secondary schools and HE the President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed to change the history and create a proper education system which does not mislead the children.

Establishment of Mahindodaya scholarship program was also initiated at this occasion and the president handed over his salary of June to the minister of education as the first donation to this fund.

Registration of the first student for this new technology subject stream was done by the president and he registered a student of Devi Balika Vidyalaya using the TV technology from the Temple Trees. Handing over of the new syllabus to the principals representing nine provinces was also happened at this occasion.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sri Lanka Higher Educational Pathways should Widen-Academics

Sri Lanka which offers free education to students needs to widen the higher educational pathways and offer low cost private education options to students for the knowledge hub dream to realize, an academic said.

"Sri Lanka higher education paths are very narrow but the demand is very high," Athula Pitigala-Arachchi, head of Asia Pacific Institute of Information Tecnology (APPIIT), an affiliated college said.

"The government has to think innovatively to cope with this massive demand for university education and private higher education is a good option for the students."

Sri Lanka has 15 state universities and no non state universities or private universities. There are 200,000 students passing out following the successful completion of their secondary education with only 25,000 students qualifying to entre state universities.

Pitigala-Arachchi says in Sri Lanka higher education has been a state monopoly for decades and the public sector has not expanded adequately to meet the demand.

"In Sri Lanka and even south Asia, the number of students entering to the higher education is very low," he said. "The reason for this in Sri Lanka is limited capacity"

The island has educational institutions offering foreign degrees which are not affordable for most of students in the island.

Pitigala-Arachchi says the government cannot alone face this challenge with other priorities in health, transport and infrastructure development sector and work in private public partnership in providing higher education for students through private universities.

"The private sector has to play a role. It is growing over the past two to three year but has not grown enough,"

However he says the number of students entering the private higher education is still small due to lack of funds and some of the students fly overseas seeking foreign degrees.

"The private higher education is expensive in Sri Lankan contest and lot many students can’t afford in the private sector." Pitigala-Arachchi said.

He says while government expanding the state universities, it should give concession to private universities to be establish in the island and to offer degrees in a lower rate so the students can afford to do the degree within the country and most students can be accessible for the higher education.

"But the private sector alone cannot do this, the government also should support private sector to help the cost of private education to be down,"

"The government can give various concessions like grants, tax concessions, land on long term lease, access to scholarships and training facilities and may be loans for concessionary rate." 
Extract From

98% of Sri Lankan children attend schools-UNICEF

A study released by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), states that 98% of Sri Lanka’s children of school going age attend schools and there are only 2% of the children who do not attend schools.

The Study prepared by the UNICEF was handed over to the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute yesterday by the UNICEF’s Deputy Country Representative Ms Antonia De Meo.
As per Ms. Antonia De Meo this is the furst such study carried out by UNICEF in South Asia, which was started in 2010.

The study has revealed that that 98.2 per cent of boys and girls in the 5-14 age group (primary and lower secondary levels) and 98.6 per cent in the urban sector, 98.3 per cent in the rural sector are attending schools.

Addressing the function the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said Sri Lanka is the only country in the SAARC region with such a high rate of children attending schools and the government intends to make every child to attend school by 2015.   

The Minister pointed out that during the last 30 years schoolchildren in the Northern and some parts of the Eastern Province were unable to attend school properly due to LTTE terrorism and due to the fear of children been abducted for child soldier activities by the Tiger Terrorists.Extract from

Sri Lanka Graduates Trainees Protest March

The Employed Graduates Union held a massive agitation at Lipton Circus in Colombo today (27th) demanding permanency to all trainee graduates, withdraw conditions that deny employment and stop moves to belittle the degree.
From the very day the agitation was announced the government, its media and its beurocracy attempted to prevent graduates from participating. However, the attempt of the government was defeated as a large number of graduates took part in the agitation. The General Secretary of the Employed Graduates Union Chandana Sooriyarachchi emphasized that all graduates would be rallied to win the rights they deserve.

සියළු අභ්යාසලාභී උපාධිධාරීන් ස්ථිර කරන ලෙසත්රැකියා අහිමි කරන කොන්දේසි ඉවත් කරන ලෙසත්උපාධිය හෑල්ලු කිරීම නවතන ලෙසත් ආදී ඉල්ලීම් වෙනුවෙන් විසඳුම් ඉල්ලා අද (27) දින රැකියාලාභී උපාධිධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය මගින් කොළඹ ලිප්ටන් වටරවුම ඉදිරිපිටදී දැවැන්ත උද්ඝෝෂණ ව්යාපාරයක් පැවැත්වීය.

මෙම උද්ඝෝෂණය රකාශයට පත් වූ දින සිටම ආණ්ඩුවේ මාධ් මගින් හා නිලධාරීන් මගින් උපාධිධාරීන් මෙම උද්ඝෝෂණයට සහභාගීවීම වැළැක්වූ නමුත් ආණ්ඩුවේ සියළු උත්සාහයන් පරදවා විශාල පිරිසක් මෙම සටනට පෙළගැසී සිටින බව පැවසූ රැකියාලාභී උපාධිධාරීන්ගේ සංගමයේ ප්රධාන ලේකම් චන්දන සූරියාරච්චි මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් අවධාරණයෙන් පැවසූවේ ඉදිරියේ උපාධිධාරීන්ට හිමි විය යුතු අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන් සියළුම උපාධිධාරීන් පෙළගස්වන බවය. extract from Online Lanka Truth