Speech of the Honorable Minister of Higher Education and Research, Dr. Sarath Amunugama at NIFS premises on 1st of June 2015

Honorable Minister of Higher Education and Research, Dr. Sarath Amunugama visited the NIFS premises on 1st of June 2015 and addressed the staff of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS).He was one of pioneers in establishing Institute of Fundamental Studies at Kandy in 1981. At his speech, He emphasized that rather than doing scientific research alone as a higher education institute, collaborative studies are very much important to the country, otherwise NIFS may work as another university in Sri Lanka. He said that the younger generation should have more opportunities for research than now in order to move up with their talents besides considering their age and experience. When compared to private research institutes such as Sri Lanka Institute of Nano technology, government research institutes have shown less impact on the country in the sense of the number of patents, research publications and collaborative studies. He said that other staff members in research institutes are there to aid research scientists to come up with valuable findings to the country. Further he advised us to increase the number of scientists of the NIFS compared to the non-academic staff.

When NIFS looks back, objectives of the initiating of the institute that are mentioned in the parliament act may have not been achieved yet. Therefore, the Honorable Minister requested to display Mission and Vision statements at the entrance of the institute. Further he said that NIFS should be intellectual satisfactory place to meet universities and other research institutes such as the Arthur. C Clark center. NIFS should hold programs every month to disseminate the science to the general public. NIFS is running on general public tax money, we have to make sure that we are doing a valuable service to the general public. Further the institute shall maintain a work schedule for the year and it should be communicated to the general public. He wound up his speech by stating that NIFS should work harder to achieve its initial objectives well.

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