Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The International Youth Conference 2014(World Youth Conference 2014 #WYC2014) will be held in Sri Lanka from 6th to 10th May 2014.
The inaugural function of this international forum will be held at the Magam Ruhunupura International Conference Hall in Hambanthota on the 7th of May under the patronage of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse. More than 1500 youth representatives from 196 countries will attend this conference.
This is the 1st time that a youth conference of this magnitude is being held in an Asian country. 152 youth from Sri Lanka will participate in this conference. Minister Dallas Alahapperuma and parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse will function as the co-chairmen of this conference.
The underlying theme of WCY 2014 is ‘Mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda’.
The conference will bring together youths from the world over with a special focus on underrepresented youths with a gender and regional balance. In total, 1,500 youths will be selected representing different countries with young people from groups identified as unrepresented or underrepresented.
All expenses of youth representatives selected to attend the conference will be borne by the organizers. WCY 2014 will also bring representatives of member states including Ministers of Youth, UN officials, representatives of other international and regional organizations, academics, corporate leaders and other relevant stakeholders to Colombo.
WCY 2014 will facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of post 2015 development agenda, which refers to the process of defining the future global development framework that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals.
The Conference will also create an inclusive platform for youths that enable them to review the progress of MDGs, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the post MDG framework and its implementation.
The conference will be organized by an International Youth Task Force (IYTF) in collaboration with the National Task Force appointed by the Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry.
The IYTF comprises 20 youths where 10 of whom are young leaders from around the world representing established international youth-led and youth serving organizations and 10 young leaders from Sri Lanka.
The IYTF which convened in Colombo for its second meeting has finalized the thematic areas of WCY 2014 and discussed matters pertaining to conference logistics and the participation of young people.
The members of the IYTF also hosted a discussion with officials from the United Nations Country Team in Colombo and explored ways of collaborating further with the UN system.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE) at Bogambara, Kandy has been closed indefinitely pending an inquiry into an alleged incident of ragging female students.
The institution remains closed from mid-day Wednesday (09), and declared out of bounds for students by the director of the institute.
Directress M. P. K. Ratnayake, in a notice put up at the entrance of the institute has warned that civil and criminal action would be taken against any students who entered the premises during the period the institute remained closed.
Responding to an inquiry, Ms. Ratnayake said that the institute was closed following an "incident" that took place on Wednesday (09) and no more could be said since an inquiry was being held.
Meanwhile, institute sources said that as part of ragging the seniors had ordered the newcomers that they should not be present in the institute wearing denim trousers. They should attend classes in skirts and jackets only.
A group of senior female students had prevented at least 60 female freshers from entering the toilet on Wednesday, the same sources said.
Source - Island
New engineering faculties would be opened in the Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura universities in the coming years to cope with the engineers shortage in the country, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairperson, Prof. S. S. M. K. Kshanika Hirimburegama said.
Addressing an MoU signing ceremony to introduce a local engineering degree under the newly founded Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) at the UGC auditorium in Colombo, Prof. Hirimburegama said that Sri Lanka was facing a severe shortage of engineers in view of the country’s rapid development since the end of the war.
Opening up new engineering faculties would also tempt more students to study engineering subjects, she added.
Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama said that plans were underway to establish a virtual campus of the Colombo University in Hambantota by 2016 to provide more technological education for students.
Unlike the traditional subjects, modern and practical subjects would be available in those universities to produce more engineers, he added.
Statistics revealed that there was a growing demand for engineers in the fields of industrial, thermal and power, naval and marine engineering, he said.
According to the Higher Education Ministry, at present, Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Peradeniya and South Eastern universities have engineering faculties. The Moratuwa University annually produced only 125 civil engineers and 100 information technology engineers.
There are also plans to expand the existing engineering faculties in the country.At present, engineering, physical science, computer science, Information and Communication Technology, Transport and Logistics, Statistics and Mathematical Finance, Management and Information Technology are some engineering courses available at national universities.
Source - Island
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