India raises educational aid to Lanka

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 India has promised Sri Lanka an increase in educational assistance amounting to LKR2.5 billion in grant to deserving students.Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna who was in Lanka on a four-day visit announced that this was a substantial expansion in the scholarships currently being offered by India to the Lankan students.

Under the three-year programme, the number of scholarships and self-finance slots for undergraduate, masters and doctorate courses are being increased from the existing 113 slots to 270 per year. These scholarships will cover the course fee, cost of books, boarding and lodging as well as a monthly stipend to the students.

“I am confident that the expanded scholarship programme will go a long way in further cementing our educational ties,” said the visiting External Affais Minister.

“This marks a three-fold increase, and includes 120 slots for undergraduate courses, 25 seats for IT engineering, 50 slots for masters-level courses, and 40 slots for a highly-subsidised self-financing scheme,” he added.

Several schemes under the initiative, launched by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010, would cover various categories of beneficiaries, ranging from school students to university researchers and teachers.

The two leaders had agreed that India would expand its scholarship programme in Sri Lanka to assist scholars not only in regular undergraduate studies but also to pursue higher research.

India also decided to select 150 deserving students, six from each district of Sri Lanka, for monthly monetary support for two-year duration under the ‘Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Scheme’ to complete the GCE Advance Level studies. Students under this scheme will also be able to pursue higher studies under scholarships in India.

The Corpus Fund of the Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET) has also been doubled to support the education of over 350 poor students from Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority upcountry area. (Source: Khaleej Times)
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  • MAYU Monday, 23 January 2012 05:37 AM

    Don't forget the Indian scholarships for students in India. Indian goverment is giving them free education and paying our students in food,shelter and books... What about that ? No one will talk about those.... ? Poor sri lankan attitude.

    Engineer Sunday, 22 January 2012 04:38 AM

    I find it comical india increases education 'aid' to sri lanka while india's literacy rates is 53%, half the population cant read. as opposed to the receipt country educational 'aid' at 97% literacy rate.

    Imran Hussein Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:45 AM

    India trying its best to kick Chinese out of SL. So they assist us like in the war time. Let them assist with financial aids and grant scholarships if they want, but we certainly dont want their 'by heart' education patterns without any practical knowledge.

    Game Kolla Sunday, 22 January 2012 07:27 AM

    Yes engineer...it's like sending refrigerators to Eskimos.

    naswaf Sunday, 22 January 2012 07:58 AM

    MORE HELP...MORE MONEY ON SRI LANKA...BUT NO OUTCOME......WHY THIS???????????

    Ceylonese Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:07 AM

    That's abs. true. India must have a hidden agenda as usual.

    Nalaka Weerakody Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:51 AM

    its a good move , GOSL should request for more scholorships specially to study medecine

    Sarath Sunday, 22 January 2012 11:36 AM

    Well said! Sri Lankan government needs to spend more than what it does on education. Most schools in rural areas are just neglected and the children studying in them have less or no facilites. SL government should help our children than this rather allowing others to help us.

    kattu Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:22 PM

    You are mistaken.. The current literacy rate of india as per 2011 census is 74%.

    xlntgson Sunday, 22 January 2012 01:06 PM

    It is on demand, request; the Indian education is affordable with cultural protection!

    kulasekra Sunday, 22 January 2012 01:32 PM

    don't mistake, its an incentive for killing more indian fisherman

    unkownname Sunday, 22 January 2012 03:25 PM

    oh!!!...Beggars ?

    ravi Sunday, 22 January 2012 03:39 PM

    India make sure its go to right people.

    tharan Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:26 PM

    as India is a big country its literacy rate dawn than us comparing the population,its da offer coming on higher studies as phd..etc ,,but we need it on reputed coleges

    Thomas Monday, 23 January 2012 08:40 AM

    Sri Lankans please note just learning to read & write does not make one eligible to call himself Educated. An educated person is a well read person, who can read and assimilate what he has read, and apply same in a practical way. India is a vast country, and do not think Lankans are just superior to them in every way.

    Act of care Sunday, 22 January 2012 08:59 PM

    This help is great by India! lots of students will benefit from this financial help.

    Engineer Monday, 23 January 2012 08:38 AM

    get back to me when you learn to construct coherent sentences.

    rd Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:20 PM

    India`s literacy rate is only 60-65%..not 74%..This is bit fishy ! how can they help us when 400 million indians are living under $1 per day ?

    Another Engineer Monday, 23 January 2012 12:23 AM

    GOSL cuts the budgetary provisions for education portfolio in 2012 and Govt of India increases there assisstance to education in SL by Rs 2.5 billion. What does this say? does that mean our politicians dont value education anymore and they want only defence

    suresh Monday, 23 January 2012 09:32 AM

    Why this kolaveri kolaveri India..

    Nodrog Monday, 23 January 2012 03:17 AM

    Is this to pay for the illegal fish they've been catching and for the future catches?

    Fayad Monday, 23 January 2012 10:09 AM

    Literacy rate is high or low in India compared to Sri lanka ???


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