India - Sri Lanka Foundation

India - Sri Lanka Foundation

About ISLF

The India Sri Lanka Foundation was established on December 28, 1998 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of India and Sri Lanka, with the objective of fostering Indo-Sri Lanka relations through the enhancement of economic, scientific, educational, technical and cultural cooperation and the promotion of greater understanding between the peoples of the two countries.

The thrust areas identified by the Foundation for promoting understanding and cooperation are education and culture, archaeological studies, agricultural research, science and technology, health, technical training, development studies and women’s studies.

The Foundation is financed through revenues (interest earned) from a Trust Fund set up with grants made available by the two Governments. The interest earned from the investment of the Corpus Fund is used to finance projects.

As per the guidelines laid down in the MOU, the revenues from the Fund are used for funding the following activities:

  • financing higher studies, research and other educational activities at institutions of learning located in India and Sri Lanka
  • financing visits and exchange of scholars, academics, professionals, artists and experts involved in areas of activity covered by the Foundation
  • assisting/financing activities such as seminars, symposia, workshops on subjects of common interest
  • extending financial support to NGO’s in India and Sri Lanka whose work facilitates achievement of the objectives of the Foundation
  • contributing towards the publication of standard works on India-Sri Lanka Relations in specified fields
  • encouraging translation of standard works of Sri Lankan literature into Indian languages and vice versa and arranging for their publication
  • adopting any other measure which may be considered necessary for the fulfilment of the objectives of the Foundation

The management and direction of the Foundation are vested in a Board of Directors consisting of 6 Directors. The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India are the Co-Chairpersons of the Board. The other four members are nominated by the two Governments.

Over the years, the Foundation has made substantial progress in terms of implementing a large variety of projects aimed at promoting bilateral cooperation. ISLF has been funding various projects, especially cultural projects that have not been funded by any other organizations. The Foundation has made a significant impact on strengthening people to people contacts in diverse fields through the various projects funded by it.

The Board of ISLF

H.E. Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Co-Chairperson
High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka

H.E. Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara, Co-Chairperson
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India

Mr. Charitha Ratwatte
Senior Advisor to Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Mr. Bernad Gunathilaka
Former Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador G. Parthasarathy,
Former IFS Officer

Mr.Ashok Malik

The thrust areas identified for promoting understanding and cooperation are:

  • Education & Culture
  • Archeological Studies
  • Agricultural Research
  • Science & Technology
  • Health
  • Technical Training
  • Developmental Studies
  • Women’s Studies

Programmes of the Foundation

  • Financing higher studies, research and other education activities at institutes of learning located in India and Sri Lanka.
  • Facilitating visits and exchanges between India and Sri Lanka of scholars, academics, professionals, artists and experts involved in areas of activities covered by the Foundation.
  • Assisting activities such as seminars, symposia, colloquia and workshops on subjects of common interest.
  • Extending financial support to those non-governmental organisations both in India and Sri Lanka whose work facilitates achievement of the objectives of the Foundation.
  • Contributing towards publication of standard works on India-Sri Lanka relations in specified fields.
  • Encouraging the translations of the standard works of Sri Lankan literature into Indian languages and vice-versa and arranging for their publications.

Over view of Activities

Approved proposals of Colombo Secretariat during Board Meeting 32

  • Prof. Nayani Melegoda, Department of International Relations, Colombo University for developing an India Studies curriculum for the International Relations Department at the Colombo University and enhancing existing courses with the new knowledge on India studies.
  • Ms.Shayamani Hettiarachchi Senior lecturer, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Ragama for Producing ‘Renaissance Practitioners’ in Audiology in Sri Lanka.
  • Inter Act Art to provide Airfare for two theatre teams from India to participate at the Colombo International Theatre Festival.
  • Under the distinguished Visitors Programme of the ISLF:
    • In principal approval to send Prof. Vasanthy Arasaratnam, The Vice- Chancellor of the University of Jaffna to visit Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore and to give a lecture on a suitable topic during August 2016.
    • In principal approval to invite Prof. Swapna Kumar Datta, Vice- Chancellor, Santiniketan as Chief Guest on the occasion of commemoration of the 155th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore during July 2016 in Jaffna.
  • Airfare for 5 Sufi Scholars from Sri Lanka to attend the SAARC Sufi Festival in Diggi Palace, Jaipur during October 14-16, 2016.
  • University of Moratuwa, Department of Architecture, to conduct and exhibition and workshop on Vernacular Architecture.
  • Mrs. Vasugy Jegatheeswaran, Bharatha Natyam Dance Teacher at the Indian Cultural Centre, to produce a dance drama “Meenakshi Madurai”, the story of Goddess Madurai and showcase in Colombo.
  • Dr. Sarathchandra Kodikara, Director, Research and Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, to improve its research performance through establishing a Visiting Professorship.
  • The Board approved economy airfare for 8 member group of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation to showcase a heritage play “Space” in Sri Lanka.
  • Mr.Kandiah Neelakandan of Thiruketheeswaram Temple Restoration Society for reimbursement on conducting a special programme featuring Oodhuvar Mr.Karuppusamy Sargurunathan and Mr.Siva Rasapathy Odhuvar Tamil Nadu on Mahasivarathri Day March 7th 2016.
  • Dr.Selvy Thiruchchandran of Women’s Education and Research Centre for one year publication of the Research Journal “Nivedini”.
  • Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka for an educational trip to India for 10 students and 2 teachers from Ananda Balika College, Maradana and Yoshida International School, Sapugaskanda.
  • Kaarunya Foundation to support three Folk art groups through provision of complete musical instruments in order to recommence their traditional living.
  • Ms. Iroshana Sandaruwani Perera for organizing an exchange program and a performance at the Buddhist Festival, Gujarat by children of lower income families in collaboration with M.S.Panwar Institute, Gujarat.
  • The Board approved a proposal from Maharshi Arvind Foundation to organize Iinternational Convention of Peacemakers for Universal Harmony 2017”, in Badulla, Sri Lanka.
  • Mr. Pradeep Gunarathne of Academy of Movement to conduct a workshop for students to learn traditional dance movement of Sri Lanka and to perform at Ladak.
  • Institute of Constitutional Studies Guarantee Limited to organize a lecture and workshop conducted by K.K.Venugopal, senior advocate in Colombo during May 2016.
  • Theertha International Artists Collective to bring Indian Artists to Sri Lanka and to organize “Theertha Performance Art Platform -; 2017” in Colombo.
  • Ms.Kamani Perera of Regional Centre for Strategic Studies for Airfare and local taxi fair to attend 5th international Library and Information Professional Summit 2016.
  • The Board approved to provide a LED screen to display a documentary based on India for 15 hours during Vesak Week at Dalada Maligawa.

Submitting Proposals

Individuals, institutions and groups are invited to approach the Foundation with proposals which meet the stated objectives of the Foundation.

Download the Application for Financial Assistance.

Contact US

Secretary/Programme Coordinator,
India-Sri Lanka Foundation
C/o High Commission of India,
No. 36-38, Galle Road,
Colombo 3
Contact Numbers: 011-94-11-2389924 (O), 011-94-11-2327587 (General)

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