Out of 204,030 candidates who sat the Advanced Level Examination this year 116,506 students qualified for university entrance.
However, the country`s university system can accommodate only 16,292 of them due to the lack of adequate facilities.
University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof. L.L. Ratnayake said only 16,292 would be admitted due to the introduction of 17 new degree programmes including Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy and others. Besides, 50 students would be admitted to the newly established Medical Faculty at the Eastern University.
Prof. Ratnayake said the government was planning to increase financial allocations for the universities from Rs. 8,000 million this year to Rs. 12,000 million.
?Students can send in their university entrance applications from September 15 to October 7. Admission sheets will be available at bookshops after September 15,? he said. Student enrolment will begin on December 27 and conclude on March 31.