India will provide a special financial assistance scheme to support the studies of 100 university students from economically backward families, Indian High Commissioner Gopal Bagley announced.

The High Commissioner revealed this when he graced the convocation ceremony of the Eastern University as its chief guest on October 01 as part of a two day visit to Batticaloa and Trincomalee.

He also called for enhanced cooperation in higher education and skills training through various initiatives by the Government of India, including ITEC, scholarships, and cooperation with Indian institutions of excellence.

The High Commissioner also reviewed the progress of the construction of the Surgical Unit in Batticaloa Teaching Hospital, being undertaken under grant assistance from India.

The project, which is nearing completion, is in line with the people-centric nature of development cooperation partnership between India and Sri Lanka, under which projects have been carried out in diverse areas including health, education and livelihood development in all the 25 Districts of Sri Lanka.


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