India has donated digital equipment worth Rs 300 crore to 200 schools in Sri Lanka

India has donated digital equipment worth Rs 300 crore to 200 schools in Sri Lanka
India has donated digital equipment worth Rs 300 crore to 200 schools in Sri Lanka

President Ranil Wickremesinghe attended an event in the southern district of Galle


Describing it as “a project for the next generation,” India on Saturday donated digital equipment, including 2,000 tablets worth Rs 300 million, for use in 200 schools in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province.

A ceremony in the southern district of Galle, attended by President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian High Commissioner Santosh Jha, marked a major step towards educational modernisation by providing 200 smart classrooms and 2,000 tabs to 200 schools in the southern province.

“Following the request of the Minister for Health and Industries, Dr Ramesh Pathirana, the Government of India has allocated Rs 300 crore to the Southern Provincial Council for this project. Out of the 200 schools selected, 150 are in Galle district while the remaining 50 are in Hambantota and Matara districts,” said a statement from the Presidential Media Department (PMD).

In addition, 2,000 tokens have been distributed, 10 in each of the 200 classrooms, the statement said.

“We deeply appreciate the support extended by neighbouring India in the advancement of modern technology. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed interest in establishing an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Sri Lanka, which is highly appreciated,” Mr. Wickramasinghe said.

“In addition, negotiations to enhance energy sector cooperation with India are progressing successfully,” he said.

Pathirana and Education Minister Dr Sushil Premjayanta praised India’s assistance in their respective speeches.

Premjayant added, “Today, 200 schools in South Pradesh have been equipped with comfortable classrooms and 2,000 tabs. In the future, schools will be digitalised and 1,250 schools are already connected.”

Mr. Jha replied saying, “As a neighbour of India, we continue to extend support to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka occupies an important position in our foreign policy. India remains steadfast in its commitment to provide necessary infrastructure and technological support to Sri Lanka.”

“A blueprint for the next generation! President @RW_UNP and High Commissioner @santjha today handed over digital equipment to several schools in the Southern Province in the presence of Hon’ble Minister @DrRameshLK, @SPremajayantha and many other dignitaries,” the Indian High Commission said in its XA post.

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