The Gove r nment of Pakistan awarded scholarships to 308 Sri Lankan students under its Jinnah Scholarship Scheme recently. Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya, Prof Upul B Dissanayake was Chief Guest, while Kandy Mayor, Mr Kesara Senanayake was Guest of Honour at the event held in Kandy. Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr Janbaz Khan reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to contribute towards enhancing the younger generation’s prospects for better educational opportunities. He expressed the hope that both countries would continue to tread the path that leads to greater cooperation and greater understanding in the years to follow.
Prof Upul B Dissanayake, in his remarks, pointed out that Pakistan had always been a close friend of Sri Lanka and had helped the country in times of need. He added that this scholarship programme had benefited students from all communities over the past 12 years to create better professionals. Mr. Senanayake in his address, praised the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and added that Jinnah’s legacy of wisdom was worthy of the Quaid-i-Azam, who lived a life honouring justice and fair play. He thanked the people and Government of Pakistan for the scholarship scheme. He also thanked the High Commission of Pakistan for arranging the ceremony in Kandy. The Gove r nment of Pakistan has awarded scholarships under the Jinnah Scholarship Scheme since 2006. 1,800 students have been awarded scholarships to date.