Jaffna Technical College upgraded
By Suraj A Bandara
The Jaffna Technical College, which was managed by the Technical Education Department has been upgraded as a Technological University by the Vocational and Technical Training Institute.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa inspecting the Electronic Training Course conducted at the upgraded Jaffna Technological University. Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and Traditional Industry and Small Entrepreneur Development Minister Douglas Devananda look on
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa participated at the inauguration ceremony. The Government of the Republic of Korea and the Korean International Cooperation Academy (KOICA), granted technical and financial assistance to the University, which has been upgraded into a sophisticated technical university with the Korean technical knowhow.
A technological college from each province had been selected to be upgraded as technological universities. With the initiation of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) courses, the NVQ 5 and NVQ6 higher diploma courses were being conducted in these refurbished universities.
There are around nine technological universities in the country. While this will be the tenth college of its type, the other technical colleges had already begun their academic activities. Accordingly, Galle, Maradana, Kurunegala, Kandy, Aruppola, Anuradhapura and Badulla Technical Colleges were the other places where technical colleges have been established.