India to assist Sri Lanka in VTC set up

With a tide of technological development sweeping across all shores of education in almost all parts of India, vocational training has been a major part of it which is also developing and spreading its wings across. With the assistance of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Government of India, few more vocational educational centres are set to be established in the north and the east as well as in Nuwara Eliya. The Ministry said a feasibility study had been conducted by the Hindustan Machine Tool International Institute and they hoped to establish the vocational centres within this year. The Rs. 2,670 million project initiated by the Ministry will have a contribution of Rs. 2,375 from the Indian government along with a transfer of knowledge in IT, A/C plant repairing and motor mechanics, to name a few. A Youth Ministry official said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between the Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Dullas Alahapperuma and High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kanth. The centres are to be established in Jaffna and Vavuniya while arrangements have been made to establish centres in Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Nuwara- Eliya. The ministry said Rs. 325 million had been set aside for the vocational centres at Vandaramullai and Ondachchimadam, Batticaloa. Ministry officials said the Indian government had agreed to provide aid for the initiative as they were greatly impressed with the programmes launched by the Ministry.