The Government of India has agreed to set up a vocational training center in Sri Lanka`s hill country for the benefit of the people in the plantation sector.
The High Commissioner of India Ashok K. Kantha and Sri Lankan Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma today have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up facilities at Vocational Training Centre in Nuwara Eliya, the High Commission of India in Colombo said in a release.
Government of India through HMT (I) Ltd. will implement the project under a grant amounting to about 215 million rupees. Setting up of the facilities for the project will be undertaken at District Vocational Training Centre at Nuwara Eliya.
The project includes supply of equipment, upgradation of existing training programme, introduction of seven new vocational training courses, training of personnel from the Sri Lanka Vocational Training Authority in India and deputation of instructors from India to provide on-job training to master instructors at the Centre.
Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner has said that vocational training and capacity building are important components of development partnership between India and Sri Lanka.
Referring to a similar MOU signed on 21 April 2011 to set up facilities at Vocational training Centre in Batticaloa District at a cost of 327 million rupees, Kantha said the work at the Vocational training Centre has started and is likely to be completed by the end of this year.
The High Commissioner noted the Indian assistance provided for setting up of facilities at Vocational Training Centre in Nagawillua in Puttalam District last year and the ongoing assistance for Thondaman Vocational Training Institute at Hatton.
Kantha said the Indian government is committed to assist Sri Lanka in the field of vocational training and more such projects would be taken up in consultation with the Sri Lankan government.
Speaking at the occasion Minister Alahapperuma noted the deep bond of friendship between the two countries and expressed his deep appreciation for assistance provided by the Indian Government.
Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Duminda Dissanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development S. S. Hewapathirana and Chairman, Vocational Training Authority Dammika Hewapathirana also attended the signing ceremony.