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    Japan provides ¥269 million for JDS Third Framework

    pg7-JapanThe Government of Japan has provided ¥269 million (approximately Rs.457 million) to facilitate a third batch of students for Master’s Degrees and PhD programmes under the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) programme’s ‘Third Framework’.

    The JDS programme was introduced in Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan, in order to provide opportunities to executive-level public sector officials to undergo Master’s Degree programmes in prominent universities in Japan, the Finance Ministry stated in a press release.

    Accordingly, the ‘First Framework’ (from 2010 to 2013) and ‘Second Framework’ (from 2014 to 2017) of this programme, were completed in 2013 and 2017, respectively. The programme’s ‘Third Framework’ is still ongoing (2018 to 2021), the release said.

    Moreover, after considering the necessity of further career development of JDS fellows, the Government of Japan has agreed to offer scholarship for PhD programmes at most two slots per batch. Accordingly, 165 (15 per year) opportunities for Master’s Degree programmes and six opportunities for PhD programmes, have been provided under this scholarship scheme, it added.

    The selection process for the third batch of the ‘Third Framework’ has already been completed, and the selected officials are scheduled to commence their studies in September. Furthermore, the Government of Sri Lanka expects that public officers who will benefit from this programme would contribute to the social and economic development of the country with confidence, and also contribute to strengthen the existing bilateral relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka, the press release said.

    The Government of Sri Lanka also signed grant agreements with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Human Resources Development Scholarship Programme, yesterday, at the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development.

    The documents were signed by Finance Ministry Secretary S.R. Attygalle, Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama, and JICA Chief Representative Fusato Tanaka, it added.

    Courtesy – Daily News

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