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The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) informed that they along with the University Grants Commission (UGC) would soon be submitting a document to the Government authorities, concerning the administrative and academic setup within the universities system.

President of the FUTA and Senior Lecturer (Grade II) at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Dr. Rangika Halwatura called for certain changes and amendments to be made to the Universities Act with regards to provisions governing promotions, the administrative setup and financial autonomy. Autonomy to the Universities, academic freedom and increased funding are some of the aspects that need to be looked at, he said.

He added that the university administration was attempting to divide the students and the staff.

In order to gain international rankings, knowledge creation and dissemination of knowledge must be there, and at present this is not taking place, he remarked.

“The question of whether 100% financial autonomy should be provided to the universities or whether some control is to be afforded to the UGC or a central authority is being debated. There must be massive development in the education sector as it is the backbone of the economy,” Dr. Halwatura mentioned.