Sri Lanka: Government to fund M.phil/Ph.D Programme
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka - Geneva - Switzerland
13th September 2007
The Cabinet has granted its approval to a Memorandum submitted by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the development proposal for funding for M.phil/PhD Training Programme. Science and Technology status of a country is the backbone of its development strategy. This fact is amply demonstrated not only by the high living standards of the people in the developed countries but also the rapid development achieved by the newly industrialized countries.
They have invested huge capital from the GDP to produce highly trained scientists. In contrast, the successive governments in Sri Lanka since independence, paid only very little attention to the development of the science and technology base. An important area in which Sri Lanka compares poorly with the other major countries in the region is post-graduate education, particularly, research-based higher education.This has serious implications for future human resources development in the field of science and technology and is responsible for not having the critical mass of S & T expertise in the fields of strategic importance to our national development. In order to address this problem the NRC, established under a Presidential Directive proposes to undertake funding, monitoring and successful completion of 500 PhDs in 10 years. The discipline in which the proposed PhD training will include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Bio-chemistry, Molecular Genetics, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Veterinary and Dental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering Sciences, Bio-technology and Nanotechnology.
Successful implementation of the programme will have enormous impact on the Science and Technology capacity of the country and will establish a critical mass of scientists in all disciplines and initiate research in areas relevant to the development of the country. Therefore, the Cabinet has granted its approval to implement the academic programme to produce 500 PhDs during the decade of development from next year investing Rs. 4,652 million.
(Courtesy : Department of Government Information)
|Published : Thursday, September 13, 2007 04:25:49 PM (Geneva time)|
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