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Govt won’t grant permission to Sharia University: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that the Government will not grant permission to operate Sharia Universities and that Madrasa Schools will be brought under the Education Ministry.

He made this observation after a discussion with Parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardena and Prof. Ashu Marasinghe, who prepared a report on the Shariat University at Temple Trees.

He said:

“I have held a discussion with Muslim Ministers and Parliamentarians regarding the controversial Sharia University and Madrasa schools.

We will not grant approval for a Sharia University. There is no legal basis to run such a Sharia University. What we only can grant approval for degree offering institutions. There is no legal provision to operate a Sharia University. Laws should be brought in the form of amendments to the University Act to prevent Sharia Universities coming into operation in the future.

It has been decided to bring Madrasa Schools under the Education Ministry. Some of their educational activities should be planned in consultation with the Muslim Affairs Ministry.”






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