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* Inauguration of Indian Education Fair-2013 in Jaffna
Wed, Mar 6, 2013, 01:08 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Jaffna: Governor of Northern Province G.A. Chandrasiri today (March 05) inaugurated the second "Indian Education Fair-2013" at the Jaffna Central College in Jaffna in the presence of Consul General of India V. Mahalingam, and Deputy General Manager of Educational Consultants of India Limited (EdCIL) Bishwambhar Datt. Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

Eight educational institutions of repute from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are participating in the Fair including the Educational Consultants India Ltd. (EdCIL), which is one of the well-known consultants in the educational field in India. Altogether they represent 127 institutions and more than fifty different courses.

Governor Chandrasiri, speaking on the occasion, encouraged the Northern Province students to take advantage of the excellent opportunities provided in India and the scholarships provided by the Government of India. He also thanked the Consulate General of India in Jaffna for bringing the Education Fair to the students of Northern Province.

The Consul General of India highlighted the importance of studying in India given the high quality of education that is being offered there. He has also emphasized the importance of human resource development in general and improvement of knowledge and skills of individuals in particular for steering Sri Lanka towards a path of further economic development.

The bilateral cooperation between the two countries covers a diverse set of activities ranging from capacity building in the higher education sector to infrastructure development and the much-sought-after fully-paid scholarships to study in India.

Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka and the High Commission of India in Colombo are currently in the process of selecting students for various scholarships, including 125 slots for Undergraduate studies, 50 slots for Post-Graduate studies and 15 places for Masters and Ph.D. in subjects such as engineering, bio sciences, management, humanities and fine arts.

The participating institutions in the Education Fair represent some of the finest in their fields. This event would provide the students an opportunity to personally interact with them to seek educational guidance and career planning. Some colleges at the Education Fair are making on-the-spot offers of enrolment into Indian colleges to eligible students. The students should make use of the opportunity and visit the Fair in large numbers.

The Education Brochure "Studying in India" published by the High Commission of India provides a brief overview about the structure of higher education in India, eligibility conditions, courses available, and student visa procedures. The brochure includes a glimpse of various scholarships offered by Government of India.

The scholarship programme for higher studies in India has been expanded by nearly three times. Ongoing schemes have been expanded and newer schemes have been added to offer about 290 slots annually, for which the Government of India is spending Sri Lankan Rupees 2.5 billion over a 3- year period. The scholarship programme now covers almost all conceivable areas.

The Indian Bank, Jaffna has put up a booth in the Education Fair to provide consultancy regarding the remittance/funds transfer to India, opening of a bank account in India by students, etc.

EdCIL has reaffirmed that the Education Fair would continue to be an annual feature so that students living in the Northern Province could benefit from it. EdCIL, a Government of India enterprise, is the largest in India providing education related services, and would be most willing to offer its services to assist students of Sri Lanka.

More than 1,500 Sri Lankan students go to India every year for higher studies. The Fair would encourage even larger number of students to explore India as an attractive destination offering world class education at an affordable cost.

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