(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program was introduced in Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan in order to provide opportunities to the executive level public sector officials to undergo Master Degree Programs in prominent universities in Japan.
Accordingly, the First Framework (2010-2013) and the Second Framework (2014-2017) of this program were successfully completed in 2013 and 2017 respectively. The Third Framework (2018 – 2021) was started in 2018 to continue this program for further period of four years.
After considering the necessity of further career development of JDS fellows, the Government of Japan has agreed to offer scholarship for PhD programs at most 2 slots per batch. Accordingly, altogether 150 (15 per year) opportunities for Master Degree Programs and 04 opportunities for PhD programs have been provided under this scholarship program.
The selection process of the second batch of the Third Framework has already been completed and the selected officials are scheduled to commence their studies in September 2019. In order to facilitate these officials, the Government of Japan has agreed to offer a grant assistance of Japanese Yen 263 million (approximately Rs. 420 million) to Sri Lanka in 2019.
The Government of Sri Lanka expects that the public officers who will be benefited under this program will contribute to the social and economic development of the country in a productive manner with self confidence and also contribute to strengthen the existing bilateral relationship between two countries.
Two Exchange of Notes between the two Governments and Grant Agreements between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the JICA for the implementation of the Human Resources Development Scholarship Program were signed on 17th July 2019 at the Ministry of Finance.
Relevant documents were signed between Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, Mr. Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Japan and Fusato Tanaka, Chief Representative of JICA on behalf of the JICA.