NEPCA forwards proposals to develop, acquire FDI to region

North East Private Colleges’ Association (NEPCA) comprising membership of over 55 schools and campuses will forward a proposal to President Ranil Wickremesinghe to develop the North and East and bring FDI to the region.

Chairman of NEPCA U. L. M. Anas said that their plan includes seeking government assistance to woo foreign students to come and study at current private campuses in the region thereby attracting foreign currency. “We are looking at the Batticaloa Campus (initially known as Malik Abdulla University named after king Abdullah of Saudi Arabia) which has huge untapped infrastructure to provide accommodation and new educational courses for this purpose.”

This initiative will also help to stop the huge amount of foreign currency that is being spent to send children overseas for higher education. In addition we also propose to introduce several new areas of education such as courses in the manufacturing of arms which will help youngsters to be trained under international supervision and later are a part of military equipment manufacturing which can be an additional revenue bringing venture to Sri Lanka.

“We want to suggest to the President that a special facility be set up with ex military engineers to pursue this proposal. We will supply trained youth for this.We feel the government can allocate some funds from the huge budget allocation from the Defense and set up a manufacturing facility and the student who undergoes this novel military equipment manufacturing can gain employment in it.”

Secretary NEPCA, M. R. M. Ilhan said that they have a student population in the excess of around 2,000 and they plan to increase this intake. “Currently we have recognized training programmes on Network Engineering, Nursing and Quantity Surveying and Horticulture and also introduce Care Giver courses for youth.

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