Rs. 1,058m worth projects for displaced children’s education
Concurrent to the Uthuru Vasanthaya Northern Development Program
launched by the Government to bring normality to the lives of people
displaced from terrorism in the North, the Government has launched
projects worth Rs. 1,058 million to provide higher education facilities
to children of the displaced funded by the ADB and the World Bank.
This follows a survey which gathered information about students who
have missed their higher education due to the conflict in the North, the
Education Ministry said.
The Ministry said under this program, a Rs. 23 million project has
been launched to restart higher education courses at the Jaffna and
Vavuniya Universities while Rs. 90.33 million would be spent to put up a
hostel for medical students at the Jaffna University.
Construction work on an academic and administrative building costing
Rs. 609.89 million has started at the Jaffna Institute of Higher
Another Rs. 30 million has been set apart to improve the quality of
existing courses and introduction of new courses at this Technological
Institute while Rs. 14.45 million has been earmarked for improvement of
its infrastructure facilities, the Ministry said.
Steps have also been taken to set up a new Institute of Higher
Technology at Vavuniya costing Rs. 65 million and another Rs. 60 million
had been allocated for improvement of basic facilities at the new
university at Vavuniya due to be completed in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said programs costing Rs. 576
million launched to bring about a qualitative improvement in the
country’s Higher Education field would be completed before next year.