University Grants Commission (Sri Lanka)

University Grants Commission – Sri Lanka
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Abbreviation UGC
Formation 22 December 1979 (1979-12-22)
Purpose planning and co-ordination of university education, allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), maintenance of academic standards, regulation of the administration of HEIs and regulation of admission of students to HEIs.
Headquarters Colombo
Location
Official language
Sinhala, Tamil, English
Chairman
Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge
Main organ
Commission Members
Affiliations Government of Sri Lanka
Staff
Over 200
Website https://www.ugc.ac.lk/

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the body responsible for funding most of the State Universities in Sri Lanka, and operates within the frame work of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, itself established by the Cabinet Minister of Education & Higher Education at the time Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne in 1979.[1] A public organisation, established under the Parliament Act No 16 of 1978. Location is at No 20, Ward Place Colombo 07.

It distributes public money, allocated by the Government for teaching and research to universities and university affiliated institutes, as such controls much influence and appointments at state universities.

Functions

The official functions of the UGC are;

  • Allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) that come under it
  • Planning and co-ordination of university education
  • Maintenance of academic standards
  • Regulation of the administration of HEIs
  • Regulation of student admissions to HEIs

The Commission members

The Universities Act provides for seven members of the Commission appointed by the President. These are:[2]

  • Senior Prof. Sampath Amaratunge – Chairman [3]
  • Senior Prof. Janitha A Liyanage – Vice-Chairperson[4]
  • Rev. Prof. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkitha Thero – Commission Member[4]
  • Senior Prof. A K W Jayawardane – Commission Member [4]
  • Prof. (Ms.) Vasanthy Arasaratnam – Commission Member[4]
  • Prof. Premakumara de Silva – Commission Member[4]
  • Mr. Palitha Kumarasinghe – Commission Member[4]

The following attend the meetings of the Commission but are not members and do not vote:

  • Mr. R H W A Kumarasiri – Treasury Representative who advises the Commission on funds [4]
  • Dr. Priyantha Premakumara – Secretary to the Commission [4]

Higher Educational Institutions controlled by the UGC

See also

References

  1. ^ A Diverse, Colourful Life. Island (Sri Lanka), Retrieved on 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ Commission Members, University Grants Commission.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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