Jinnah Scholarships for Lankan students
Ministers Rauf Hakeem, A H M Fowzie and Pakistan High
Commissioner Syed Shakeel Hussain in a group photograph with
Educational scholarships amounting to Rs. 3.84 Million were awarded
to 160 Sri Lankan students of O/L and A/L under the Jinnah Educational
Scholarship Program of the Government of Pakistan.
Minister for City Planning and Water Supply Rauf Hakeem was the Chief
Guest on the occasion, while Guests of Honour included the State
Minister for National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie,
Secretary, Higher Education, D.C. Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor Buddhist
and Pali University Ven. Prof.Gallelle Sumanasiri Thera, Senior
government officials and Vice Chancellors of the leading universities.
Senior Officers of the High Commission and other dignitaries
participated. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj General
(R) Shakeel Hussain reiterated Pakistan's continued support to Sri Lanka
to enhance the younger generation's nation-building capacities with
better educational opportunities.
The High Commissioner congratulated the students who qualified for
the scholarships for the current year. He said people in Pakistan
greatly admire Sri Lanka's remarkable progress in the fields of health
Vice Chancellor Buddhist Pali University Ven Prof Gallelle
Sumanasiri Thera awards certificate to a student
Minister Rauf Hakeem awarding certificate while Dy High
Commissioner Dr Sarfraz Sipra looks on.
He said Pakistan seeks to expand its cooperation with Sri Lanka in
education and hoped that it would not only help improve standards in
schools but also the curriculum.
He said Pakistan has a number of world class Universities, with world
renowned research facilities in Particle Physics, Industrial Chemistry,
Bio-technology, Genetic Engineering, Information Technology and
Management Sciences. I am sure our universities can accommodate more Sri
Lankan students in these diverse fields, he added.
The chief guest Minister Rauf Hakeem praised the leadership of
Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah which emancipated the people of sub
continents from colonialism.
He said the Pakistan government's support in the education of needy
Sri Lanka students, shows its commitment towards bilateral cooperation
between the two countries.
Hakeem further said Pakistan is a close friend of Sri Lanka and
throughout it has helped Sri Lanka in times of crisis.
He said the scholarship program has benefited students from all
communities for the past 10 years to create better professionals among
young citizens for the future benefit of this country.
The Government of Pakistan has been awarding Jinnah Educational
Scholarships since 2005. During the past 11 years scholarships
approximately amounting to Rs. 45 million have been awarded to promote
bright Sri Lankan students.
Scholarships are awarded on a strict criteria involving merit and the
need for financial assistance. Under the program, each successful
student receives a stipend as assistance for one year to pursue studies.
The scholarships are named after the great statesman and leader of
the sub continent, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who is the founder
In addition to the Jinnah Educational Scholarships, every year the
Government of Pakistan offers fully-funded scholarships in Medicine,
Engineering, Pharmacy and Dentistry to Sri Lankan students to pursue
higher professional education in Pakistan.