As part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka in the field of higher education, the Government of India is undertaking a project to establish a Centre for Skill Development for the Faculty of Agriculture at the Kilinochchi Campus of the University of Jaffna, at a total cost of SLR 300 million.
A simple event was held to sign the relevant contract on Tuesday, August 11. Indian envoy to Sri Lanka Y.K.Sinha and Jaffna University Vice Chancellor Vasanthy Arasaratnam were among the special guests present.
The project encompasses building construction as well as supply of equipment and furniture, in addition to training and curriculum development. The objective of the project is to create infrastructure facilities in order to provide a conducive learning environment for students, increase student intake, and enhance knowledge and skills of both lecturers and students in the field of agricultural science. The project is being implemented in close consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka.
In this regard, following a process of competitive bidding, a contract to construct the building complex was signed on August 11, 2015 with M/s. Link Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd for SLR 234.50 million in the presence of Mr. Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India; Mr. P. Ranepura, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka; Prof. Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Vice Chancellor, University of Jaffna; Dr. (Mrs) Mikunthan, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna; Mr. Rajavishagan, Deputy Registrar, University of Jaffna; and other officials of the Government of Sri Lanka. The building construction work includes construction of an auditorium, lecture halls, sports complex, computer centre, library and toilet blocks.