AMU Prof Improving Indo–Lanka Higher Education Links
As India and Sri Lanka look forward to cement closer ties, Professor Mohammed Gulrez (Department of West-Asian Studies, Aligarh Muslim University—AMU), who is in the island nation as a visiting professor with the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies, University of Colombo might get the work done for both countries.
Prof Gulrez presented a monograph titled ‘Prospects of Cooperation in Higher Education and Capacity Building: A Case Study of India and Sri Lanka’, to the Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University, Prof Lakshman Dissanayake in which he has highlighted the need to further higher education ties between Sri Lanka and India to promote bilateral ties between the two nations.
“The monograph presentation is an attempt to use Sri Lanka’s Vision for 2030; of becoming an IT and Education Hub, to facilitate closer ties between India and Sri Lanka,” said Prof Gulrez.
His presentation emphasised the need of conducting a feasibility study on how higher education can be improved between India and Sri Lanka.
Prof Gulrez pointed out that India currently has a foreign student population of 50,000 with 1,200 Sri Lankan students attending various Indian universities.
“Given that out of the 220,000 students passing their A/Ls (Pre-university qualifications) in Sri Lanka every year, only 23,000 qualify for state Universities,” said Prof Gulrez noting that there was immense potential for those left behind to study in India.
Prof Gulrez further said that the Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University has assured to touch on the possibilities of further enhancing the exchange of knowledge and staff between Indian universities and the University of Colombo.
“We are in internationalizing the Colombo University further as we can no longer work in isolation in a globalized world,” said Prof Dissanayake (Vice Chancellor, Colombo University).