More than Rs.500 million has been allocated this year for development of Jaffna University, according to the Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake.
Accordingly, this year, it had been allocated with a colossal sum amounting to Rs.573 million which no other University in Sri Lanka had been allocated with.
During the past 30 years more than 60% of the funds allocated to the North–East Universities were taken by LTTE on for the purpose of war which caused massive deterioration of education in the North, said Minister. Therefore, it had necessitated the Government to allocate a considerable quantum of funds to the University of Jaffna, he added.
The Minister said that the district standardization scheme introduced in 1972 caused unjustice to the North-East students making it difficult for them to enter the State Universities and this was one of the reasons for the 30 year long war, but the Z-score system introduced had removed this obstacle.
Representatives of the University Student Union, University Staff, Minister S. B. Dissanayake and the Minister of Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda had a discussion about the future development of the University.