23 March 2020 – Free internet facilities for Sri Lankan university e-learning programs

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing schools; Legal and policy; New initiatives
Level of Jurisdiction: Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Lead People/Agency: Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka

Overview: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to provide free Internet facilities for all undergraduates in State universities, who had registered for e-learning, so they may without interruption continue with their education.

All relevant details of these registered students have already been provided to the TRCSL by the University Administration and the University Grants Commission.
Full details here: http://www.pmdnews.lk/%e0%b7%80%e0%b7%92%e0%b7%81%e0%b7%8a%e0%b7%80%e0%b7%80%e0%b7%92%e0%b6%af%e0%b7%8a%e2%80%8d%e0%b6%ba%e0%b7%8f%e0%b6%bd-%e0%b7%83%e0%b7%92%e0%b7%83%e0%b7%94%e0%b6%b1%e0%b7%8a%e0%b6%9c%e0%b7%9a-%e0%b6%8a/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: To reduce need for travel and to continue higher education