President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Y. K. Sinha , jointly inaugurated a Language Lab in Wayamba National College of Education, Bingiriya on Saturday (Oct 11).
The Language Lab in Bingiriya is one of the nine Language Labs that the Government of India has set up in each of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka.
The Language Lab project is being implemented as part of a MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka in 2011 for "Setting up of a Three-Tier English Language Training System in Sri Lanka".
The objective of the project is to help enhance English Language training infrastructure in Sri Lanka; impart training to English language teachers from schools, colleges and universities in Sri Lanka; upgrade their skills; and raise the general level of proficiency in English language of various sections of society.
The total cost of the project is SLR 84 million, which is being implemented by the Government of India under full grant assistance through M/s Metropolitan Office (Pvt) Limited, Colombo.
As part of the project, Government of India has provided 30 computer units and other related equipment, software and latest sophisticated teaching aids to each Centre, and has also trained five master trainers for each Centre.
Two Language Labs in Gampaha and Kandy have already been inaugurated. Other locations where Language Labs have been set up include Ampara, Badulla, Jaffna, Matara, Polonnaruwa, and Ratnapura.