The Sri Lankan chapter of Global Organization for Persons of Indian Origin (GOPIO) SL organized a career development seminar today.
The objective of this programme is to provide Advanced level students in plantation area schools the skills that will help them identify their professional interests, build self-confidence and act as a guidance when they consider their career options. “The seminar will be represented by a group of visionaries from the business and academic sector which will be attended by nearly 300 students from three different schools in Kegalle District,” said GOPIO International Sri Lanka Chapter Vice President and Organizing Committee Chairman Soundararajan. “This first of its kind this programme of GOPIO Sri Lanka will take place at Deraniyagala Sri Kathiresan Maha Vidyalaya this Saturday,” he further added. GOPIO SL stated that Tamils of Indian Origin have substantial populations in Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces of Sri Lanka. The organization has been thus far assisting school leavers of those areas in job placements on a small scale. The programme is now being expanded.
Participating schools at this event are St. Mary’s College Yatiyanthota, Tamil Maha Vidhyalaya Dehiovita and Deraniyagala Sri Kathiresan Maha Vidyalaya of Kegalle district. A presentation of books and English training manuals for young adults and children has been arranged by GOPIO Sri Lanka Past President P.P. Devaraj. Chief Guest Assistant High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Radha Venkatraman in Kandy will be presenting the books to the school.
GOPIO Sri Lanka President Kaushik Udeshi stated that people of Indian origin living outside India have meaningfully integrated in their countries while maintaining their ethnic identity. He further stated that GOPIO Sri Lanka involves in civic affairs and service to the local communities.