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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 08.45 GMT

No Ban on external degrees - UGC


All universities in the country have been instructed through a Road Map as to how they should restructure their external courses programs in future. Once this restructuring is done as instructed by the Regulator the University grants Commission the universities will be able to recommence their external degree program and initiate online courses for first degree as well.

Under this new road map issued by the Commission, all universities will be allowed to enroll external students in double and they can decide on the modalities of the courses inclusive of new programs and extension of courses, said Chairman University Grant Commission (UGC) Prof Gamini Samaranayaka.

Prof Samaranayaka dismissed claims that UGC has imposed a ban on external degrees conducted by Universities.

He also said that Sri Lankan universities are to commence online courses as well in all three languages enabling the expatriate Sri Lankans to study in the language of their mother tongue.

Mr Samaranayaka said that external degrees should tally with the socio-economic conditions of the country. Therefore, the UGC has instructed the universities to add some additional components to external courses too as in the case of internal degrees.

He also said that UGC proposes more inputs to enhance the quality of external degrees. Accordingly English and computer studies will be added as new components of the external study programs.





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