ITEC Day and the Int'l Students Day’ celebrated
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, S.B. 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. Minister Dissanayake 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 programmes in Sri Lanka, as well as in meeting the increasing aspirations of the peopl
In his welcome address, High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha, thanked the Minister for gracing the function as the Chief Guest and appreciated the large turnout of participants who had come from all over Sri Lanka. He 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 programmes 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.