Mar 20, Colombo: The annual get-together of the ITEC alumni and Sri Lankan students who studied in India as well as Sri Lanka under various scholarship schemes of the Government of India was held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Hotel Taj Samudra.
Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. About 300 alumni of Indian educational and training institutions, coming from various parts of Sri Lanka, attended the reception.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Dissanayake lauded Maulana Azad's leading role in laying the foundation of India's school and higher education system, including the renowned institutions of national importance such as the Indian Institutes of Technology.
He appreciated India's valuable scholarship assistance for Sri Lankan nationals and acknowledged that these educational and technical scholarships helped bridge the gap between demand and supply for such programs in Sri Lanka, as well as in meeting the increasing aspirations of the people.
In his welcome address, Indian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha noted that India-Sri Lanka cooperation in the field of education had a long history.
At present, India offered more than 270 scholarships to Sri Lanka students to study in India and 500 scholarships under the CEWET and the Mahatma Gandhi scheme for students studying in Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner conveyed that ITEC, initiated in 1964 as India's bilateral programme of assistance, was being constantly re-designed and refocused, based on the evolving needs of India's partners, including Sri Lanka. He added that Sri Lanka was the one of topmost partner countries of ITEC, with 190 senior Sri Lankan state sector officials going to India annually for training in over 100 Courses.
The High Commissioner also highlighted that education was also an important sector of the India-Sri Lanka development partnership.
Several Sri Lankan alumni shared their experiences of studying and participating in training programs in prestigious institutions in India, recollecting their warm memories, appreciating their useful experience and conveying the manner in which the exposure had helped them in their professional roles and duties in their country.
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