Nov 03, 2020

Additional 10,000 admitted to universities

The University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka says it has taken steps to admit 10,000 more students to state universities in addition to quotas assigned to respective institutions during previous academic years.

Nearly, 30,000 students received university admissions last year, however 41,500 students are expected be enrolled for university courses during the new term.

Accordingly, Medical faculties will accept 371 students additionally this term while admissions will be granted to 405 students to Engineering faculties, 126 to faculties of Law and 350 students each to Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Food Science and Technology faculties.

Admissions to management faculties will be increased by 900 while Arts faculties will enrol 815 more students.

The UGC said 6,000 students will also receive admission to follow courses at Agriculture, Science and several other faculties at state universities.

The Chairman said the UGC released cut off marks for university entrance recently, adding students sat for the 2019 GCE Advanced Level exam under two syllabi.

Amaratunga stressed selection was carried out strictly in accordance with the Supreme Court’s rulings and decisions, noting furthermore the government took a policy decision to increase university admissions as well.

Accordingly, the UGC Chairman said 41,500 students who sat the 2019 A/L exam are due to enter universities, which is the highest number of students ever admitted in the country’s history.

Sampath Amaratunga also noted that students are granted a period of one month since Z-scores are released in order for students to file appeals.

He noted facilities have been provided for students to do so online through the UGCs official website.