Aug 25, Colombo: Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said the Government of India could provide assistance for educational development programs in Sri Lanka, including training of trainers in the technical, vocational, education and training ( TVET) sectors.
The Indian High Commissioner made these comments at a special meeting held at the Ministry of Education yesterday (24) with the Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris. Sita Arambepola, State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation, Secretary of Education Kapila C.K. Perera and a group of senior officials participated in the meeting.
High Commissioner Baglay further said that India is already assisting Sri Lanka with educational development programs, including the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Program, and could provide assistance in the future if Sri Lanka identifies the areas that need to be given priority for the development of the education sector in the country.
The Minister of Education noted that there are inconsistencies between the job market and vocational education in the country and this situation needs to be changed.
He pointed out that there is a need for many institutions to focus on new learning methods that can motivate students instead of the traditional learning methods that currently exist in the provision of vocational education.
The Minister informed the High Commissioner that Sri Lanka is seeking the support of the Government of India to further strengthen the friendship exchange programs between the two countries and to introduce a wide range of online courses in the fields of vocational education and technology as well as training of trainers (TOT) for the production of specialists in the fields of information technology, English, science, etc.