The Government of Japan in September 2014 will commence its Second Phase of Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program based on the official agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka.
The Program aims to train, young Sri Lankan officials to become future national leaders of Sri Lanka, highly capable of contributing effectively in the formulation and implementation of national development plans.
This program will avail a total of 60 officials in four batches during 2014 to 2017, the opportunity degree to pursue a 2-year Master’s course in the fields of ‘Public Policy and Public Finance’, ‘Economics’, ‘Business Management’, or ‘Environmental Management, Disaster Management, and Climate Change’ at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Hitotsubashi University, Hiroshima University, Waseda University, International University of Japan (IUJ), University of Tsukuba, and the University of Tokyo. On successful completion of the study program, the officials will be awarded a MA/MSc/MBA.
The 1st batch of the second phase was open to all Ministries in Sri Lanka, while the first phase was limited to the Ministries of Finance and Planning, Public Administrations and Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils and Economic Development. With the expansion of the target groups, 80 officials from 26 Ministries applied for the 2014 program intake.
After the selection processes, 15 officials from 11 Ministries were eventually selected for the JDS program. This year the Government of Japan pledged a grant amounting to 215 million Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 245 million) to cover the cost of the study programs of the 1st batch of 15 officials in Japan.
The signing of the Exchange of Notes for this grant aid scheme took place yesterday (June 2) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning between Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan on behalf of the Government of Japan and Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.