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“Youth community has got opportunity to connect with Parliament today”

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Mrs. Kushani Rohanadeera, the Secretary General of Parliament stated that according to the Open Parliament concept implemented for the benefit of the citizens of the country to contribute more actively to the parliamentary process, the youth community of Sri Lanka has thus received the opportunity to connect more with the parliamentary affairs, and the knowledge pertaining to parliamentary procedure is very important for the youth community.

The Secretary General stated this while participating at the certificate awarding ceremony held for the students of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka who successfully completed the short course on Parliamentary business and Procedures. Prof. G.A.S. Ginigaddara, Vice-Chancellor of the Rajarata University, Faculty Deans, Department Heads, lecturers and students were present at this event held.

 

Furthermore, the Secretary General stated that Sectoral Oversight Committees covering 17 subject areas have been established and 500 selected youth representatives have been given the opportunity to actively participate in these Committees. Moreover, she pointed out that political literacy is very important in order to strengthen democracy.

 

Prof. G.A.S. Ginigaddara, Vice-Chancellor of the Rajarata University stated that she is grateful to the parliamentary staff who came all the way to the Rajarata University, which is far away from the capital city for the purpose of impart knowledge with practical experience to the students. Furthermore, she mentioned that through such courses, students should acquire the knowledge and skills needed to enter the world of work without being limited to books. The Vice-Chancellor also thanked everyone for the opportunity provided to see the world beyond Rajarata.

 

Delivering the keynote speech, Prof. E.M.S. Ekanayake, Head of the Department of Social Sciences of Rajarata University stated that student participated in this short-term course with great enthusiasm which was very successful. He also stated that the course is expected to be held in the coming years.

 

Certificates for all students who have successfully completed the course were awarded and 10 students with the best thesis were awarded special prizes.

 

The Public Outreach Division of the Department of Communication of Parliament of Sri Lanka organized this short-term course in collaboration with the Rajarata University with the financial support of USAID and the support of National Democratic Institute (NDI).

 

Librarian of Parliament of Sri Lanka Mr. Siyat Ahmed, Public Outreach Manager of the Communication Department of the Parliament Ms. Budhini Ramanayake, Principle Officer and Coordinating Secretary to the Secretary General of Parliament Ms. Sujivi Gamage, Public Relations Officers of the Parliament Ms. Ishara Wickramasinghe, Mr. Duminda Wickramasinghe, Mr. Yashri Mohammed, Public Relations Office Coordinator Mr. Piyasiri Amarasinghe, The senior officer of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Ms. Tharanga Gunasinghe were also present on this occasion.

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