Leadership training for university undergrads at 28 centres
The program which costs Rs. 90 million will be commenced at the
Temple Trees on May 23 under the patronage of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa. Arrangements have been made to enable the centres to view the
ceremony via satellite, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake told
the Sunday Observer.
The Minister reiterated that the program will go ahead as planned
despite rumours to the contrary. The Minister called upon the students
who will participate in this training course to report to their training
The three week training program intends to provide a systematic
training to the youth in psychological, physical, health, sports and
fitness training exercises. It would educate the youth how to solve
problems in a scientific manner and improve their mental and physical
conditions. One university academic and two officers from Kotalawala
Defence Academy will be assigned to each centre to ensure the successful
completion of the program, he said.
The university students are not punctual at their studies at present
and some of them tend to skip their lectures. In addition, nearly 7 to 8
percent of the university students have not done any kind of sports.
There are occasions such as ragging freshers where some university
students behave in unruly manner, the Minister said.
The students have to face a tough competition to pass the G.C.E. A/L
examination by sacrificing all extracurricular activities. As a result,
some students have fallen victim to psychological, physical leading to
health problems.Therefore, the Ministry formulated this program to
provide a systematic training to help make a mentally and physically fit
university student, the Minister said.