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Students from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small country about half the size of Alabama, an island which located in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India with flat and rolling lands. It is separated from India by the 50-km-wide Palk Strait, although there is a series of stepping-stone coral islets known as Adam's Bridge that almost form a land bridge between the two countries Palm fringed beaches surround the island and the sea temperature rarely falls below 27OC. Sri Lanka has attracted traders and travellers for centuries.

The climate is tropical in the lowlands. In the higher elevations it experiences cool temperatures. Bright, sunny warm days are common even during the height of the monsoon. The south west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the north-east monsoon rains effect the northern and eastern regions.

Srilanka has been garlanded by a profusion of names –It is often called as Serendib, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, and Pearl of the Orient. As the names suggest, this country attracts lot of tourists and visitors round the year for its Serene Elegance and beauty of nature.

Srilanka was ruled by Portuguese, Dutch and British from the 16th century After 1815 the entire nation was under British colonial rule and armed uprisings against the British took place in the 1818 Uva Rebellion and the 1848 Matale Rebellion. The country finally gained its Independence in 1948 but the country remained a Dominion of the British Empire.

Sri Lanka assumed the status of a Republic in the year 1972.

Education plays a major part in the life and culture of the country. It is very valuable in a society as it contributes to the development of a sound and healthy nation.

Sri Lanka's education structure is divided into five parts: primary, junior secondary, senior secondary, collegiate and tertiary. According to the Sri Lankan law, it is compulsory that all children go to school till grade 9 (age 14) at which point they can choose to continue their education engage in traineeship for a job or farming. Many schools in Srilanka teach only in either Sinhala medium or in Tamil medium and not the English medium. This is mainly due to the variety of ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. But, the leading colleges in major cities such as Colombo and Kandy, teaching is done in all three mediums. Sri Lanka's efforts have been primarily concentrated on, basic education, particularly secondary, quality of education with much less focus on higher levels of education.

Sri Lanka's population has a literacy rate of 92%, that is, it has the highest literacy rate in South Asia and overall, one of the highest literacy rates in Asia.

Yet, Sri Lanka needs to focus on improving the quality of education. The country has already been successful at producing a population of literate individuals. However, literacy alone will no longer suffice in the knowledge era. It will be increasingly important for educated individuals to supply the workforce with the market oriented skills needed to create rapid economic growth and national development. Goals have been made to develop the teacher training system, and upgrade the examination and evaluation system. Introducing IT, English language training and greater use of technology will be important to impart the necessary skills and orient the education system to the world of work. High quality of education is what the country needs to focus on. Sri Lanka ranks poorly in terms of science and math education and internet access in schools. In this regards, India has extended a friendly support and has been able to provide its students with quality science and math educations, well trained staff, and well managed schools despite low levels of adult literacy.

English language has long been ignored in the country from years. It is now that the need has to created. The country has to take a step forward in recognizing the need of the language as it not only has demand in the national labour market, but also opens up new job prospects globally.

Students from Sri Lanka have been coming to India in search for greater opportunities in terms of studies. Bangalore being a favourite destination, students from this country flock in large numbers.

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