India has awarded prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships for 2015-16 to 150 high school students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and High Commissioner of India Y. K. Sinha awarded the scholarships to the meritorious students Monday (June 20) at a special ceremony held at the Auditorium of Ministry of Education in Battaramulla.
The Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship, a merit-cum-means based Scholarship instituted in 2006-07 for Sri Lankan students, is awarded annually by the High Commission of India in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka.
Recipients receive cash assistance during their two years of 'A' level studies. The High Commission of India has increased the scholarship amount from Rs. 2,000 to 2,500 per month from 2015-16 onwards and accordingly, this year's awardees will receive Rs. 30,000 annually during their two years 'A' level studies.