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Deputy High Commissioner of India meets Ministry Secretary

Deputy High Commissioner of India Vinod K Jacob met Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Gunawardena to discuss implementation of the USD 15 million grant from India to promote Buddhist ties between India and Sri Lanka. The Grant was announced by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the Virtual Bilateral Summit held between India and Sri Lanka on September 26.

The Deputy High Commissioner noted that this is a first of its kind grant announcement by India and stated that the grant may be utilised for construction/renovation of Buddhist monasteries, capacity development, cultural exchanges, archaeological cooperation, reciprocal exposition of the Buddha’s relics, strengthening engagement of Buddhist scholars and clergy. Prof. Kapila Gunawardena welcomed the suggestions and said that the Ministry will work towards finalising various projects to use the grant from India.

The two sides discussed other Indian grant projects under implementation such as the Kandyan Dancing School being constructed at the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) campus in Pallekele, Kandy and the Jaffna Cultural Centre.

The Deputy High Commissioner briefed the Secretary on India’s advancements in the niche field of digital documentation of cultural and world heritage sites to preserve them for posterity and invited Sri Lanka to partner in this advanced field. Prof. Kapila Gunawardena said that Sri Lanka would be happy to partner with India in this initiative to conserve cultural heritage.