India grants US$ 600,000 to improve facilities in Lankan school for Indian origin estate workers

India grants US$ 600,000 to improve facilities in Lankan school for Indian origin estate workers

Pusselawa, August 10 ( The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the State Minister of Education V.Radhakrishnan, and the Central Province Minister of Agriculture and Tamil Education M.Rameshwaran, jointly laid the foundation stone of a new building at the Saraswathy Central College, a school for Indian Origin estate workers, here on Friday.

High Commisioner Sandhu said that the new facilities are being built with a Indian grant of LKR 96 million (US$ 600,000). India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 550 million is grant assistance, he added.

Indian envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu, speaking at the function

Several Members of Parliament,  Members of Central Provincial Council, senior Officials from the Government of Sri Lanka, the principal and teachers, present and past students of the college and a large number of the public participated in the event.

The renovation of the college is being done using a grant of SLR 96 million (US$ 600,000) from the Government of India.

The new buildings will accommodate Science Labs, Lecture Halls and teachers’ quarters. The project also involves the repair and renovation of existing buildings including the parapet and retaining walls; provision of office & ICT equipment, furniture etc. as well as full renovation of the school playground.

This project is in continuation of Government of India’s efforts to partner with the Government of Sri Lanka in people-oriented development projects especially in the field of education including the construction and upgrading  of schools, provision of IT and Scientific Laboratory equipment to schools, organizing English language and other training programs, apart from granting scholarships to Sri Lankan students to pursue their studies in Sri Lanka and in India.

(The featured image at the top shows the Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu unveiling the plaque at Saraswathy College Pusselawa)