'Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Day and International Students’ Day on 28 March 2017 was held at Hotel TajSamudra, Colombo recently under the patronage of the High Commission of India. The ITEC alumni and Sri Lankan students who underwent training/studied in India under ITEC scheme and ICCR scholarship scheme of the Government of India were present.
RishadBathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, was the Chief Guest. The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Guest of Honor. Over 250 alumni of Indian educational and training institutions, from various parts of Sri Lanka, attended the function.
High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu stated that the ITEC is a demand driven programme and the Government of India has increased ITEC slots from 225 to 370 in the year 2016-17. The meritorious Sri Lankan students can now seek admission in Indian IITs from the current academic session (2017-18).IIT JEE(Advanced) for admission in IITs in India for various undergraduate programs in Engineering, Science and Pharmacy will be held in Colombo on May 21, 2017.
He explained the opening up National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in India for foreign students through which they can seek MBBS/BDS admission in Indian medical colleges from the academic year 2017-18.
Sri Lankan ITEC and student alumni shared their experiences of studying and participating in training programmes in prestigious institutions in India, recollecting their warm memories, appreciating their useful experience and sharing how their exposure has helped them in enhancing their capabilities and using the experience gained for providing better service in their country.