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Ten more Universities will be set up; first one in Kegalle

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Joining the debate on the Sir John Kotelawala National University Bill in Parliament yesterday, he said that the Kotelawala University has a unique identity and is not a conventional University. “If this University too was conventional, then it would not be beneficial to the country,” he said. “There has to be some uniqueness. Therefore, not only the Kotelawala University, more higher education institutions will be set up. A university will be set up for nurses and teachers. I admit that there is a clause in the 1978 No. 16 University Act read out by Minister Basil Rajapaksa that says that this Act will not have a bearing on the Kotelawala University. But this does not mean that the University Grants Commission (UGC) does not have any regulatory authority over it. The Kotelawala University is part of the country’s University Network and not an institution, which is not a part of the main system

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