Indian HC celebrates ITEC Day and Int’l Students’ Day’



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Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu Thursday noted that last year, for the first time, the entrance examination for admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technologies was held in Colombo enabling Lankan students now to participate in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test to pursue medical education in India.


The veteran Indian diplomat made the observation as its High Commission in Colombo organized a joint celebration of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Day (ITEC Day) and International Students’ Day at Colombo Taj.  


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 ITEC Programme every year. These are aimed at strengthening the skill-sets and capacity building in Sri Lanka. 


 Speaking on the occasion, Minister Nimal  Siripala 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 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 be greater collaboration between the various training institutions in both countries.


 The High Commissioner of India also noted that the ITEC day and International Students Day reflect India’s belief that knowledge and prosperity only increase through sharing. He also said that India’s experience might be of direct relevance to Sri Lanka.


 Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation 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 Honor. Around 270 Sri Lankan alumni who pursued various courses in India, under ITEC scheme and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship scheme of the Government of India, attended the celebration. Several senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka were also present.


 For more details on the scholarship programmes and other educational assistance, please visit the High Commission of India’s website www.hcicolombo.org . For more information on the ITEC please visit www.itecgoi.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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