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Visit of the delegation from Jain University (JU) India to University Grants Commission and Universities from 6 - 9 August 2013

As a follow-up to the Vcon, a delegation of 6 participants from JU visited Sri Lanka from 6 - 9 August 2013. The delegation was composed of academics and administrative officers of the JU including Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Chairman of the Jain Group of Institutions, Prof. P.C. Deshmukh , Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, Dr. N. Sundararajan,   Vice Chancellor, JU,  Prof. Sridhara Murthi, Expert on Satellites; Space Missions, Space Physics, Prof. N.V.H. Krishnan, Emerging technology, Innovation, Micro-air vehicles and Ms. Aparna Prasad,  Director, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs. The aim of this visit was to encourage and promote a vibrant research culture, academic cooperation and entrepreneurship between Sri Lankan Public Universities and JU.

They had visited University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and University of Peradeniya and met academics and administrative officers of the respective universities. They had reserved time to meet the Hon. Minister of Higher Education, Chairperson, Vice Chairman and administrative officers of the UGC also among their visit.

Visit to the UGC 


Discussing with the academic and administrative staff of respective Universities

Discussing with the Hon. Minister of Higher Education, Secretary of the Ministry, Deputy High Commissioner of India, UGC and University staff 


Meet Hon. SB Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education


Concluding remarks made at the UGC


Signing a MOU between UGC & JU






Harmony Centers in Universities

UGC as the apex body of the university education spearheads reconciliation efforts of the university communities to strengthen the Sri Lankan spirit and contribute to the nation's stability.  As an initiative, an Advisory Committee and a Steering Committee are to be established on “University Harmony”.  The Advisory Committee is to provide the strategic directions by developing policies and guidelines, advice the management in universities/HEIs and to provide assistance to ensure resources for creation of University Harmony Centers. 

The Advisory Committee will be Chaired by Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson of the UGC.  The other members of the Committee are Prof. Ranjith Senarathne (Vice Chairman of the UGC), Chairman of the Committee of the Vice Chancellors and Directors, Vice Chancellors of University of Jaffna, Eastern University and South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Prof. C. G. Weeramanthry, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, Attorney General (or a nominee), Inspector General of Police and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. The Steering Committee on Harmony will carry out the Harmony Centre initiatives based on the Advisory Committee guidelines. The Steering Committee is consisted of Prof. Ranjith Senarathne (Chairman of the Committee), Vice Chancellors, Student Counselors of Universities and Ms Nirekha De Silva. While the UGC Advisory Committee and Steering Committee will guide the strategic directions on reconciliation and harmony efforts, the Harmony Centers are to be created in each university to implement relevant strategies at institutional level.  Further, University Advisory Committees and University Steering Committees are also to be established at university level to strengthen and support the activities of the “Harmony Centers”. 


John Keells Foundation organizes historic industrial tour of the John Keells Group for Management Students of the University of Jaffna

The Final Year undergraduates of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Jaffna were given a comprehensive industrial tour of the John Keells Group from 17th–22nd June 2013 under the coordination of John Keells Foundation. The six-day tour was aimed at facilitating fourth year students reading for a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree to gain practical insights of key industries, functions and strategies of the Group and develop greater awareness of career opportunities in these industries.

The request for the tour was initiated by Mr. V. Kumaradeepan, Lecturer in Marketing, during the Soft Skills Workshops conducted by John Keells Foundation in the University of Jaffna in March 2013. The Foundation, with the full support of the GEC, Sector Heads, Business Heads, HR community and Sector CSR coordinators, successfully carried out this tour for a group comprising 94 students and 04 faculty members.

The students received valuable insights into the operations of SAGT, LMS, Supermarkets, InfoMate, JKCS, Property, Plantations, Resorts, Leisure Inbound, CCS and finished their tour with a visit to the City Hotels followed by lunch at Cinnamon Grand. 

 The students and Faculty members with personnel of John Keells Foundation and Cinnamon Grand


Workshop on Training Career Guidance Counselors/Academic Career Guidance Advisors Held on 25th & 26th September 2013

The Standing Committee on Career Guidance & Student Welfare of the University Grants Commission, having recognized the need to impart the knowledge on Career Guidance & Counseling to the Career Guidance Directors, Career Guidance Counselors and Academic Career Guidance Advisors, decided to arrange a two-day workshop at the Hotel Janaki, Colombo.

The Two-day Workshop on Training Career Guidance Counselors/Academic Career Guidance Advisors held successfully on 25th & 26th September 2013 in collaboration with EDEX Career Services and HETC Project.


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