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* India establishes a visiting chair position at University of Colombo
Thu, Mar 11, 2010, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 11, Colombo: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Colombo for establishing a Visiting Chair in Social Sciences.

The High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha and Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama signed the agreement today at the University Senate Hall in Colombo.

The MOU, which is valid for five years and renewable automatically thereafter, would put in place an institutional arrangement under which the University would host a Visiting Professor from India in Social Sciences for up to six months during each academic year, a press release issued by the Indian High Commission said.

Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary, Romesh Jayasinghe, and senior academic staff of the University, including Deans of several faculties, were also present at the occastion.

Speaking at the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Hirimburegama said the MOU would contribute to the exchange of expertise on a regular basis between the two countries. She said Sri Lanka could benefit from the scientific and technological advances made by India and suggested a similar Visiting Chair could be set up in the field of science and technology.

The Indian High Commissioner said the excellent relationship India and Sri Lanka were sharing is not a one-way street and he was sure that India could also count on Sri Lanka's help whenever it was needed.

He pointed out that more studies focusing on India and Sri Lanka are needed, particularly, on regional studies as such studies provided crucial inputs for policymaking.

The Visiting Professor would engage in teaching and research and help in mentoring junior staff and researchers, impart training on research methodology, deliver public lectures and perform other functions that are usually performed in an academic or research setting.

(Picture courtesy of High Commission of India)

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