India-Sri Lanka Educational Relations
Scholarships for Sri Lankan Students
The Government of India offers a number of scholarships every year to Sri Lankan students who wish to pursue their studies in India. Offer of scholarships are sent to the Ministry of Higher Education through High Commission of India (HCI), Colombo. Nominations are received from the Ministry in the HCI. The information on such scholarships and schemes is widely publicized as and when they are available.
Scholarship and fellowship are offered to Sri Lankan students to pursue under-graduate and post-graduate courses in various disciplines in Indian institutions. Scholarships are also available for research work and non-formal courses (e.g. training courses in classical music and dance). Some of the Scholarships are:
In the June 9, 2010 declaration (during H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s state visit to India), both the countries announced the launching of an “India-Sri Lanka Knowledge Initiative”. Under this Initiative, there is a proposal of the University of Colombo to establish a Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies with the support of India. The initiative will also promote linkages between Indian and Sri Lankan universities and institutions of higher learning. India will also consider extending technical assistance to the Ten Year Presidential Initiative to steer Sri Lanka towards a Trilingual Society by 2020. There is also a proposal to collaborate in the establishment of a research institute on agriculture in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
India offers training opportunities under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) scheme to government officials and executives working in the private sector. Over 100 training slots are reserved per year for Sri Lanka.
English Language Training
The Sri Lanka-India Centre for English Language Training (SLICELT) has been functioning in Kandy as part of the President's Initiative on English and Information Technology. A distance learning network linking the English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad and SLICELT can also be established in future to enable training of master trainers and teachers in Sri Lanka and upgrading their skills.
To highlight and promote the education opportunities available in India, Education Fair are planned to be held annually in Sri Lanka. The fair would provide the Sri Lankan students the scope of opportunities available in India while also getting a chance to interact with the representatives of Universities and colleges from India.