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India to assist Sri Lanka in capacity building & skill development

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Bagley initimated the Indian government's willingness to assist Sri Lanka  in areas such as capacity building and skill development. This was revealed during a meeting between High Commissioner Baglay and the State Minister of State for Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation, Dr. Seetha Arambepola, on 15 September 2020.

Accordingly, India will assist Sri Lanka in areas such as capacity building and skill development such as training of trainers in vocational institutes in Sri Lanka, strengthening infrastructural capabilities of these institutes and generating interest among school-going children and youth in advanced space technologies.

It was decided that both sides would work towards early realization of augmenting existing capacities and creating newer ones in chosen fields in an expeditious manner.

Guided by ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy, Government of India offers capacity building modules across a range of fields to Government Officials and other eligible Sri Lankan citizens every year. Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme, around 400 slots are reserved for Sri Lanka annually. Shortlisted personnel from Sri Lanka receive unique, fully-funded training programmes under this rubric.
In addition, several other customized modules are also organized by the Government of India. It also provides scholarships to more than 200 Sri Lankan students each year to pursue courses spanning from undergraduate to doctoral studies in various academic streams in prestigious institutes in India including IITs and NITs. To support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, financial assistance is provided to around 650 students from among Universities and Schools in Sri Lanka.
India is also committed to strengthening infrastructure in educational institutes in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, infrastructural activities in several institutes across the island are being undertaken as High Impact Community Development Projects, the Indian High Commission said.

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