The Asian Human Resource Bank has agreed to provide internship training in three higher education institutions in Japan annually to 70 university students studying agriculture in Sri Lankan universities.
The delegation held a discussion with Agriculture and Plantation Industry Minister Mahinda Amaraweera on Friday (01).
Agriculture and Plantation Industry Secretary Janaka Dharmakirthi, Representative of Asian Human Resource Bank Kikuchi Fumia and Sri Jayewardenepura University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Padmalal Manage participated in this discussion.
Minister Amaraweera made a request to provide this internship training not only for agriculture but also for students studying plantation industry.
A monthly allowance of 146,960 Yen (SL Rs. 328,341) will be provided during the internship period.
The training period is one year.
During this period, it has been decided to provide food and lodging facilities as well as air tickets free of charge while providing the above allowance.
The students can earn money from part time jobs.
In addition, the delegation stated that advanced training in Japanese language and advanced technical training in Japanese farms will also be provided.
The arrangement has been made to provide this internship training in the three higher education institutions of Japan namely Bogor Agriculture University (National), Yogiyakarta University (National) and Severas Mallet University (National).
The Minister requested to take steps to increase this amount to 100 annually.
Also, since high technology is used not only in agriculture, but also in Japan’s plantation industry, it was requested to provide the opportunity to train the students for that as well.