The Minister of Education said that the government has identified it is successful to encourage the universities to conduct the courses most suitable for each of them in the process of developing the universities. Accordingly it is a great success to be able to provide an audio visual education unit complete with all the facilities for the purpose of creating the media personnel as a solution to the challenge existed so far within the university system.
The minister expressed these ideas while participating in the function held yesterday (03) for the opening of the recently built audio visual education unit at the Sripalee campus, Horana affiliated to the university of Colombo.
The minister pointed out that there is a high praise and international recognition for our media personnel and it was a remarkable shortcoming the non-availability of a well designed course for them within the university system and also the minister expressed his thankfulness for the contribution provided by the Japanese government for this purpose.
The minister further stated at this occasion that the teachers in our university system need not the salaries or the privileges but to have a satisfaction from the work they do, good opportunities for improving the knowledge of their subjects and to go ahead in those particular subjects while achieving the practical opportunities and to engage in teaching activities while identifying the new trends in the modern world.
While pointing out that Japan is a country that has been helping us for a long period of time, especially the Japanese government provides a great strength for the skills development in Sri Lanka and he expressed his gratitude to the present Japanese ambassador and his government in this regard.
The education is not merely limited to the subject knowledge but its objective is the complete development of personality and the head of the Sripalee campus which functions as an affiliated campus of the University of Colombo Professor Ranjan Hettiarachchi has rendered an outstanding service in this regard, the minister also mentioned.
This audio visual education unit consisted of modern cameras, follow up products and colour mixing facilities has been constructed with the 12 million rupees financial donation from the Cultural Grassroots Project of the Japanese embassy in Sri Lanka.
Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama, The State Minister of National Visual Arts Development Vidura Wickramanayaka, the Secretary of Education Professor Kapila Perera, The Chairperson of the University Grants Commission Senior Professor Sampath Amarathunga, The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo Professor Chandrika N. Wijeratna, The Head of the Sripalee Campus Professor Ranjan Hettiarachchi and several Deans of the campus participated in this occasion.