Cabinet of Ministers has given a nod to recognize Higher National Diploma Accountancy as equivalent to BA Commerce degree. It has also been decided to reinforce HNDA Circular 46/90 of 990 which was repealed by the previous regime. It will come to effect from 23/04/2014.
Cabinet made the decision following a proposal submitted by Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella.
Students who have followed the HNDA course have faced difficulties in applying for public sector vacancies as the P.A. circular no. 46/90 issued in 1990 considering the HNDA course as an alternative qualification to B.Com degree was nullified by the P.A. circular no. 10/2014 in the last year.
Disappointments have been occurred among those diploma holders as the demand from the private sector job opportunities have also been reduced taking this as a precedent.
As about 23,500 students from 142,000 students who qualify for University entrance are being admitted to state universities many of them who have followed the commerce stream tend to join the HNDA course annually.