ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s University Grants Commission is of the view to boost the number of Information Technology (IT) related degrees in state universities with an aim to pave the way for a digital economy.
Sri Lanka’shigher education system has been producing more graduates in Arts stream while the degrees in highly demanded IT and other engineering services are being looked at only now.
“We do have a high demand for engineering, science, AI, computer and electronical engineering
studies,” Chairman of University Grants Commission, Sampath Amaratunga, told reporters at aa media briefing on Friday
“However, while avoiding neglecting the humanities, we should develop new IT skills.”
Amaratunga confirmed that a student who studied in any stream could obtain an IT degree, including students who studied in the arts stream.
The UGC data show that out of 18,490 engineering technology stream students who sat for their Advanced Levels (A/L) in 2022, 10634 were eligible for university.
“Even streams like agriculture should be encouraged to use technology,” Amaratunga said. (Colombo/Dec 2/2023)