- Sharing skills for building a better future
The High Commission of India, Colombo organised a joint celebration of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Day (ITEC Day) and International Students’ Day on 22 March at Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. Transport & Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Guest of Honour. Around 270 Sri Lankan alumni who pursued various courses in India under the ITEC and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship schemes of the Government of India attended the celebration. Several senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka were also present.
Every year, the Government of India offers 750 scholarships to Sri Lankan students for various undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses. India also provides around 400 fully-funded short-term training opportunities to Sri Lanka under the ITEC program every year. These are aimed at strengthening skill-sets and capacity building in Sri Lanka.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister de Silva commended India’s achievements in the field of technology & research. He thanked the Government of India for the valuable development partnership spread over a multitude of sectors in Sri Lanka. He described the ties between India and Sri Lanka as a millennia-old friendship, and also noted the strong people-to-people ties based on shared culture and heritage. He also recalled the contributions made by Indian Civil services to meeting the developmental aspirations of its people, and suggested that there could greater collaboration between the various training institutions in both countries.
High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu noted that ITEC Day and International Students’ Day reflect India’s belief that knowledge and prosperity only increase through sharing. He also noted that India’s experience may be of direct relevance to Sri Lanka. He recalled that last year, for the first time, the entrance examination for admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technologies was held in Colombo. He added that Sri Lankan students can now also participate in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test to pursue medical education in India.
For more details on scholarship programs and other educational assistance, please visit the High Commission of India’s website www.hcicolombo.org. For more information on ITEC, please visit www.itecgoi.in