COLOMBO – Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded 1.7 million Lankan rupees worth of educational scholarships to 69 bright Sri Lankan students of O/L and A/L under the first phase of the Jinnah Scholarship Programme 2014.
Under the auspices of the High Commission of Pakistan, award ceremony of the Jinnah Educational Scholarship 2014 was held at the Jinnah Hall in Kandy. Central Province Governor Tikiri Banda Kobbekaduwa attended the award ceremony as the chief guest. The event was also attended by a large number of students and their families along with the High Commission officials and dignitaries.
In his welcome address, High Commissioner Qasim Qureshi congratulated the students for their academic achievements and expressed the hope that they would continue to excel in their academic pursuits. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa in his address praised Pakistan for its generous assistance to Sri Lankan students.
The award ceremony for phase II of the Jinnah Scholarships will be held on June 13, 2014 in Colombo at the Annanda College Auditorium. The Pakistan government is awarding the Jinnah Educational Scholarship since 2005. During the past nine years, over 35 million Lankan rupees worth of scholarships under the Jinnah Scholarship Programme have been awarded to thousands of deserving students.
In addition to the Jinnah Educational Scholarships, every year the Pakistan government offers fully-funded scholarships in medicine, engineering, pharmacy and dentistry to the Sri Lankan students to pursue higher professional education in Pakistan.