The Sri Lankan government has planned to establish a Sri Lanka University Academic Service (SLUAS) to improve the administrative functions of the country’s universities.
The proposal to form the SLUAS was mooted at the discussion between the government and the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) held recently with the participation of Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga representing the government.
The SLUAS is expected to streamline and regulate the recruitment procedure, salary scales, promotion and other rights of the academics, a spokesman of the FUTA said, highlighting that it would enhance the efficiency and productivity of the service.
The SLUAS will comprise university professors, lecturers, doctors, and other academic professional.
The government said that the salary demand of the striking FUTA also could be considered in the broader framework of forming the SLUAS.
Meanwhile, the strike launched by the FUTA on July 4, entered the sixth week without a solution in sight.