Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted consent to the proposal made by Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma in this regard.
The need for the establishment of a State-sponsored institution to identify the problems in the field of journalism and to promote and maintain high standards in the field of media education in accordance with local and international academic standards has been identified.
Although there are a significant number of students studying journalism, especially in schools, high-quality educational institutions have not yet been established to meet the requirement.
There are several degree programs in mass communication in the university system, but it has been observed that these courses do not provide sufficient practical knowledge for creating a professional journalist.
Accordingly, Cabinet approval has been granted to establish the Institute of Chartered Journalists of Sri Lanka which can provide undergraduate and postgraduate level study opportunities in the subject of Mass Media.
The purpose of the institute is to provide practical training to journalists and media managers who are already working in journalism as well as students who aspire to enter journalism and to develop their capabilities, enhance their professionalism and create a media culture with ethical autonomy.