Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay called on State Minister of State for Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Seetha Arambepola on September 15 and discussed ways to deepen partnership between the two neighbouring countries in areas such as capacity building and skill development during the meeting.

Discussions focused on aspects such as training of trainers in vocational institutes in Sri Lanka, strengthening infrastructural capabilities of these institutes and generating interest among school-going children and youth in advanced space technologies. It was decided that both sides would work towards early realization of augmenting existing capacities and creating newer ones in chosen fields in an expeditious manner. Guided by the ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy, the Government of India offers capacity building modules across a range of fields to Government Officials and other eligible Sri Lankan citizens every year. Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme, around 400 slots are reserved