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The Higher Education Ministry has taken steps to calculate the employability ratios of each university faculty with the long term goal of producing 100 percent employable graduates through the university system. The aim of the program is to identify the employability ratio in each faculty so that it would help take remedial measures if there is any void to be filled with regard to the employability ratio of some faculties, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr.Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
According to this program, each university will collect data on the employability ratio of each faculty and analysed by the university. In addition, a questionnaire will be given to graduates at the graduation ceremony to ascertain whether they have selected a job in keeping with their degrees. This would also help find details about unemployed graduates too. Dr. Nawaratne said, 15 universities will calculate the employability ratio of each faculty. Twelve universities have already collected data on the employability ratios of each faculty. Of them, Sri Jayawardhanapura, Peradeniya, Wayamba, Ruhuna and Sabaragamuwa universities have already analysed the data collected.
Employability ratios differ from faculty to faculty. Some faculties where graduates can find employment easily while the employability ratio of faculties such as Arts are comparatively low. Therefore, this program would facilitate to ascertain the faculties where graduates have faced problems to find jobs.