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Indian Deputy HC calls on Ministry Secretary

Deputy High Commissioner of India Vinod K. Jacob met Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Gunawardena to discuss implementing the USD 15 million grant from India to promote Buddhist ties between India and Sri Lanka. The Grant was announced by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the Virtual Bilateral Summit between India and Sri Lanka on September 26.

The Deputy High Commissioner said that this is a first grant announcement by India. He said that the grant may be utilised for constructing/renovating Buddhist monasteries, capacity development, cultural exchanges, archaeological cooperation, reciprocal exposition of the Buddha’s relics, strengthening engagement of Buddhist scholars and clergy. Prof. Kapila Gunawardena welcomed the suggestions and said that the Ministry will work towards finalising various projects to use the grant from India.

The two sides discussed other Indian grant projects under implementation such as the Kandyan Dancing School being constructed at the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) campus in Pallekele, Kandy and the Jaffna Cultural Centre.

The Deputy High Commissioner briefed the Secretary on India’s advancements in the niche field of digital documentation of cultural and world heritage sites to preserve them for posterity and invited Sri Lanka to partner in this advanced field. Prof. Kapila Gunawardena said that Sri Lanka happy to partner with India in the initiative.