Presidential Millennium Scholarships awarded to NE students

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 March 2004, 13:53 GMT]
"We are for peace .We are definitely against war. Some politicians have been agitating for a war to meet their own ends. President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge has been committed to bring permanent peace to the country," said Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and a leader of the newly formed United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) addressing an event held Wednesday morning at Trincomalee St Mary's Girls College auditorium in connection with the presentation of Presidential Millennium Scholarship awards to students in the northeast province.

Presidential Millennium ScholarshipMr.Maithiripala Sirisena participated as the special representative of the President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge. President's Secretary Mr.W.S.Karunartetna also participated at the event along with the chief guest Major General Asoka Jayawardene, Governor of North East Province.

At the commencement the guests were taken in a procession from the entrance of the college to the auditorium with band of St.Mary's' Girls College in attendance.

Mr.Maithiripala Sirisena hoisted the national flag and the Governor the provincial council flag. Principal Sister Therese Ranee hoisted the college flag.

Presidential Millennium ScholarshipProvincial Education Secretary Mr.R.Thiayagalingam made the welcome address.

North East Chief Secretary Mr.S.Rangarajah said in his speech that due to the two-decade-old war about eighty three thousand children are not going to schools and about 73 thousand students have stopped going to school due to poverty and other social reasons. This has caused serious crisis in taking forward the education development in the province. Presidential Millennium scholarship presentation to the northeast has come as a boon to students who excel in education but unable to pursue their study due to financial constraints.

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A scholarship recepient student lights the traditional oil lamp while guests look on.

Major General Asoka Jayawardene in his speech explained in detail how the Presidential Millennium Scholarship fund was formulated and being implemented. President's vision is to provide better education to the children, particularly to rural and ensure a prosperous future for them. After 1995 President's Fund has been allocating large sums of money for the development of education in the backward areas of the country including the northeast, he said.

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Governer Major General Asoka Jeyawardene gives away a scholarship certificate to a student.

President's Secretary Mr.W.S. Karunaratne said a sum of 2500 million rupees has been allocated from the President's Fund for the education development particularly to rural areas.

1384 GCE A/L qualified students in the northeast have been awarded with Presidential Millennium Scholarships and 2737 students from Year 6 to Grade 11 have been awarded scholarships under a special scheme formulated by the North East Governor. Altogether 4121 northeast students have been awarded scholarships under two schemes, sources said.

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Mr.Maithiripala Sirisena hands over the scholarship certificate to a student while NE Provincial Education Secretary Mr.Thiagalingam looks on.

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A section of the students with the Millennium scholarships.


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