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Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships awarded to 150 students across Sri Lanka

Education Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay being welcomed by a student at a ceremony to award Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships to 150 Advanced Level students across Sri Lanka.
Education Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay being welcomed by a student at a ceremony to award Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships to 150 Advanced Level students across Sri Lanka.

The prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships were awarded to 150 Advanced Level students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka by Education Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay, at a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Education on February 11.

Minister Peiris in his speech lauded the values of Mahatma Gandhi who lived what he preached and how he fought against the powerful British in the last century using non-violence as a weapon. Sharing his experience of a recent visit to Jaffna and Kilinochchi in the Northern Province where he had seen how the different communities live together without differences, he advised the students to follow this principle when they grow up. He thanked the Government of India for the help it extends in different fields to Sri Lanka.

Congratulating students for their achievement, High Commissioner Gopal Baglay assured Sri Lankans in general and young students, in particular, that the Indian people, the Indian Government and the High Commission of India would always stand with them.

Drawing parallel between The Buddha and Mahatma, he stated that the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi still hold good in the fast changing world. Reminding that India and Sri Lanka have close cultural links, he advised the young students to utilize the opportunities available in India, which is a large country in terms of Education as well as career. He expressed confidence that the young students of Sri Lanka would be a great source of strength for both India and Sri Lanka in future.

Apart from Mahatma Gandhi scholarships, the High Commission of India offers around 750 scholarships annually in various fields including Engineering, Technology, Arts, Science, Para-medical courses, Indigenous medicine etc. to Sri Lankan students. Thousands of seats are also on offer for Sri Lankan students in many highly regarded institutions of India under “Study in India” programme.