Sri Lankan Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that new legislation would be enacted to improve the quality of higher education in Sri Lanka. He went on to say that five foreign universities, including Manipal University of India, have agreed to put up their branch campuses in the Sri Lanka.
When asked about the current case regarding the acceptability of the curriculum at the only private medical college in Sri Lanka he said that a large number of students went abroad on an annual basis for higher education as the country’s university system could not offer them adequate opportunities. He said that “Nearly 100,000 students qualify for university education every year. However, only one fourth of them can be accommodated because opportunities are limited at the state universities,”