Nearly 100,000 students qualify each year to enter the Universities in Sri Lanka. Out of this number a little over 13,000 (ie. around 13 %) gain admission to follow degree programmes. Only a small number among the left outs manage to continue studies at the tertiary level while majority of them are left with no future prospects. Even, the opportunity available to do the higher studies externally is negligible. The University of Jaffna offering to contribute to the development of higher studies in its own way has initiated steps towards the provision of opportunities for higher studies at least to a small section, in the Tamil medium.