Indian HC in Colombo says Sri Lankan students will be eligible to enter Indian universities for post graduate programmes
Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has reportedly said that Sri Lankan students will be eligible to enter Indian universities for post-graduate programmes in science and engineering.
“Whatever we do, we believe in touching the lives of people; we believe in making a real difference to their lives,” the High Commissioner has 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 has said.
According to Sandhu, 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.
A statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka states that the auditorium built with an Indian grant of Rs. 300 million with 1,500 seating capacity is the largest in any of the universities in Sri Lanka.
“The auditorium is yet another example of India-Sri Lanka people-oriented development partnership,” the statement has said.
The overall development portfolio of government of India in Sri Lanka is close to US$ 3 billion.
Out of these around US$ 550 million is pure grant assistance and the rest concessional credit.
The High Commissioner has 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.”
The statement by the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka is indicative of the close ties between Sri Lanka and India. The partnership between the two nations in the spheres of innovation and technology will help build partnerships between Indian and Sri Lankan companies in the fields of ICT, digital infrastructure, etc. Sri Lanka also has a free trade agreement (FTA) with India. Therefore, foreign businesses could set up base in Sri Lanka and explore avenues of venturing into the Indian economy using the trade benefits enjoyed by Sri Lanka.
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