India offers engineering, science post-graduate programs for Sri Lankans
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan students will soon be eligible to enter Indian universities for post-graduate programs in science and engineering, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.
“Whatever we do, we believe in touching the lives of people; we believe in making a real difference to their lives,” he said at the opening of the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium at the University of Ruhuna, Matara in the Southern Province.
“We will soon conduct the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) for the first time in Sri Lanka,” he said.
This will allow the students in Sri Lanka join various post graduate programmes in Engineering and Science in some of the prestigious institutes in India, Sandhu said.
Built with an Indian grant of 300 million rupees, the auditorium with 1,500 seating capacity is the largest in any of the universities in Sri Lanka, an Indian High Commission statement said.
“The auditorium is yet another example of India-Sri Lanka people-oriented development partnership,” it said.
The overall development portfolio of government of India in Sri Lanka is close to three billion dollars.
Out of these around 550 million dollars is pure grant assistance and the rest concessional credit.
Sandhu said India and Sri Lanka have been jointly funding science and technology research and innovation programmes.
“This has further strengthened innovation and techno-commercial partnerships.”
Government of India offers 750 scholarships annually to the Sri Lankan students, for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral studies.
“From last year, we have opened up our premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to meritorious Sri Lankan students,” Sandhu said.
“The IIT Joint Entrance Examination was held in Colombo for the first time in May last year. Sri Lankan students have also now been allowed to take National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Medical and Dental streams in Indian medical colleges. “
Sandhu said Sri Lanka is the first country in South Asia to join the National Knowledge Network (NKN) Network, through which the Sri Lankan universities will now have digital access to around 1600 universities in India and beyond.
“As High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, I would like to reiterate that India remains committed to walking with you in this journey towards development,” he said.
(COLOMBO, 10 Octber, 2018)
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