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Students withdraw case

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Student groups, of three universities, who had filed Writ Application against the submission of resignations letters by Heads of the University Departments, yesterday withdrew their Applications in view of the settlement of the issue in question.

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Academics have not resigned says CVCD | News

Academics have not resigned says CVCD | News | FUTA | Scoop.it
Academics asked to withdraw letters, FUTA says no By Lakna Paranamanna The Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors (CVCD) yesterday said that they would not be issuing fresh appointments to the...
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An Academic Spring in Sri Lanka? Part 1

The Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) has called off the trade union action it launched more than two months ago, somewhat unexpectedly. The blogsphere is buzzing with comments, reactions and analyses of the suspension of the trade union action. This reaction itself shows the degree to which FUTA had succeeded in mobilising university teachers. It now appears that the FUTA membership may have been a few steps ahead of the FUTA leadership; thus, the unexpected suspension of the union action, without sufficient consultation with the sister unions has created a storm. The intention of this article is not to analyse FUTA’s decision or the reaction to it, but rather, to offer a perspective on the recent mobilisation of university teachers which evolved during more than two months of university wide trade union action.
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FUTA to resume TU action unless …

FUTA to resume TU action unless … | FUTA | Scoop.it
University teachers who suspended their trade union action last Thursday warned the government yesterday that unless their demands were granted as promised, they would be compelled to resume their protest.
President of the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, addressing a press conference in Colombo yesterday, said that they were well aware of the government’s way of handling trade union issues. "We are not ready to let them take us for a ride this time," he said.
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The fight will continue, vow academics- Lectures may resume, but lecturers have not dropped salary issue.

The fight will continue, vow academics- Lectures may resume, but lecturers have not dropped salary issue. | FUTA | Scoop.it
University lecturers have ended their two-month-long trade union action, but vow to resume agitating for pay increases if the government fails to align salaries according to official recommendations made in 2008.
On Thursday, the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) agreed to an interim solution offered by the government to increase salaries for university faculty members. Accordingly, the gross salary (allowances included) of a senior professor will be raised from Rs. 98,380 to Rs. 114,984; a senior lecturer (Grade II) from Rs. 65,962 to Rs. 77,726, and a probationary lecturer from Rs. 48, 626 to Rs. 50,910.
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Rasika Dayarathna's comment, July 24, 2011 12:55 AM
These figures are totally wrong.
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Academics not satisfied | Breaking News

Academics not satisfied | Breaking News | FUTA | Scoop.it
The Federation of University Teachers Associations FUTA said yesterday that the academics were not satisfied with the outcome of the discussions held between FUTA members and government officials on...
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Non-profit, not-for-profit or for-profit universities

Non-profit, not-for-profit or for-profit universities | FUTA | Scoop.it
OG. Dayaratna-Banda (PhD.)
University of Peradeniya

Government has seemingly decided to embark on further liberalizing higher education sector along a patchwork process commenced in 1978 for getting private sector to provide higher education. Market mechanism partially works in training of skilled workers so that private and public provision of higher education can co-exist. The attempt of government appears to have been to allow those who are able to pay to buy higher education by widening the options available to seekers of higher education. Accessibility for bachelor’s degrees may be broadened as there are a large number of qualified students seeking higher education. However, what is the appropriate institutional model for provision of higher education?
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Academic Freedom, FUTA, and the future of Universities

Academic Freedom, FUTA, and the future of Universities
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Aussie universities compromise standards to attract foreign students : report

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Students withdraw case

Students withdraw case | FUTA | Scoop.it

Student groups, of three universities, who had filed Writ Application against the submission of resignations letters by Heads of the University Departments, yesterday withdrew their Applications in view of the settlement of the issue in question.

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An academic spring in Sri Lanka? part 2

An academic spring in Sri Lanka?
July 28, 2011, 7:08 pm
By Camena Guneratne and Harini Amarasuriya
Open University of Sri Lanka
Continued From Thursday
Part II
Feudal character
Even a cursory analysis of Sri Lankan society reveals its deeply engrained feudal character. Despite 60 years of independence and democracy, as a society, we still remain largely dependent on feudal relationships to negotiate our everyday life. Knowing the right person, having the right connections, establishing the necessary patronage linkages is what helps us get through life fairly comfortably. Those who do not have access to those links will be left behind. This has become so much a part of our lives that we are unconscious of it. Of course, networking and building the right social connections in order to get by in life is not something that is unique to the Sri Lankan culture. Networking and relationship building form the core subject of many self improvement and professional development courses. But there is something unique about the insidiousness of the need to ‘know’ the right people and to be part of the right social or political networks in Sri Lanka, which deserves some thought. And that is the particularly feudal character of these networks and alliances.
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The Crisis in University Education - By Prof H Sriyananda

No one would contest that there is a severe crisis in University education, as much as in education in general. The fact that there are serious crisis in other spheres too should not blind us to overlook this as just another issue facing the country.But what is this crisis about? And why is it receiving so little attention in a country that is traditionally very much concerned about the education of its children? I would like to suggest that this is because of the complexity of the issues involved, and that the potential participants in the discourse are fragmented in many directions.
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Academics suspend TU action | Breaking News

Academics suspend TU action | Breaking News | FUTA | Scoop.it
The University Teachers today decided to suspend the two and half month long trade union action following the assurance given by the Higher Education Ministry a spokesman for the Federation of...
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FUTA to make crucial decision today | News

FUTA to make crucial decision today | News | FUTA | Scoop.it
By Kelum Bandara While describing the outcome of yesterday’s talks with the government as 'neither positive nor negative’, the Federation of University Teachers (FUTA), said it would decide whether...
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HIGHER EDUCATION: TO PROFIT, OR NOT TO PROFIT? - Sunday Leader

HIGHER EDUCATION: TO PROFIT, OR NOT TO PROFIT? - Sunday Leader | FUTA | Scoop.it
Sunday LeaderHIGHER EDUCATION: TO PROFIT, OR NOT TO PROFIT?
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