He made this appeal during his address after opening the Future Minds 2012 Exhibition at the BMICH.
Rajapaksa said that failure to enter local universities should not be considered as a barrier anymore since there are so many other opportunities available for students to pursue higher education.
The Secretary also added that the young people must position themselves to take up future targets in order to take the country forward.
Future Minds 2012, a national educational and career exhibition is being held for the seventh consecutive year and will be held until Sunday.
The purpose of this exhibition is to educate the Sri Lankan student population on how to choose a desired career path and also acts as a single platform where all local and foreign higher education providers can gather and meet students who are keen in pursuing their higher education in affiliated foreign universities, both locally and internationally.
Furthermore, this event is an ideal opportunity for parents to get to know how their children could face the future by making the correct decisions concerning their child’s higher education.
Over 175 educational service providers representing diverse fields of education are present at the exhibition from various countries, mainly from New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, USA and India.