Minister Devananda tells
'Mahapola' scholarship holders:
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister
Douglas Devananda participating in two ceremonies held in the Jaffna and
Kilinochchi Districts on May 27 for awarding 'Mahapola' Higher Education
Scholarships to students who had been successful in gaining university
admission, said the 'Mahapola' Higher Education Programme which came
into being in accordance with a concept by late Lalith Athulathmudali,
has been very successfully continued by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
"It had been a strong source of support to the needy children of our
country. More than 1,500 students from the Northern Province would be
awarded this scholarship," the minister added.
The two ceremonies were at the Weerasingham Hall, Jaffna and
Kilinochchi Co-operative Society Hall respectively.
The minister also said at the ceremonies that the LTTE used thousands
of undergraduates as cat's paw during their three decade long terrorist
war to meet with their selfish agendas. The LTTE destroyed education and
the hopes and dreams of the Northern youth.
"However, the Northerners are enjoying total freedom today with the
elimination of terrorism and can feel happy this time round as over 100
students had gained admission to Medical Faculty," added the Minister.
The minister said the Jaffna University Agricultural Faculty would
soon be opened in Kilinochchi and work on the first stage had already
"At a request made by him to the President, action has been taken to
set up an Engineering Faculty in the Jaffna University,"the minister
The minister also said that his government not only would develop the
North and East, but, also would give a political solution to the Tamil
Jaffna District Member of Parliament and Deputy Chairman of the
Committees of Parliament Murugesu Chandrakumar said at the Kilinochchi
ceremony that 88 students from the Kilinochchi District were awarded 'Mahapola'
Higher Education Scholarships and wished them a bright and prosperous
Northern Province Governor Maj. Gen. G A Chandrasiri said 430
students form the Jaffna and 88 students from the Kilinochchi Districts
respectively were awarded 'Mahapola' Higher Education scholarships on
"A total of 1,500 students from the entire Northern Province,
including, the Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya Districts were qualified
to receive this scholarship," added the Governor. He urged the students
to complete their tertiary education without resorting to activities
that would jeopardize their education and become useful and duty bound
citizens. He also said that in his capacity as the Governor of the
North, he is always willing to extend any assistance needed for their
education. Jaffna Government Agent Sundaram Arumainayagam,Jaffna
district Member of Parliament Sylvestri Alantin too participated at the
Jaffna meeting while Kilinochchi Government Agent Rupawathy Ketheeswaran
spoke at the Kilinochchi ceremony.