India laid foundation stone for Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium in the University of Ruhuna, Matara, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The foundation stone was laid by YK Sinha, High Commissioner of India on July 21, 2016.
As part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka in the field of higher education, the Government of India is undertaking a project to set up the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium in the University of Ruhuna, Matara at a cost of SLR 265 million.
The auditorium will have well equipped theatre facilities with 1500 seating capacity, constructed in an area of about 3000 sqm. The auditorium will reflect the close cultural links that bind India and Sri Lanka as well as cater to the needs of the students of the University of Ruhuna and the people of the Southern Province. It can also be a venue for hosting international conventions, conferences and symposiums as well as training programmes.
The construction work is expected to be completed in September 2017. The project is being implemented in close consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka.
Senior Prof Gamini Senanayake, Vice Chancellor, University of Ruhuna; EAC Vidanagamachchi, District Secretary, Matara; Raj Kumar, Consul General of India in Hambantota and University staff were also present during the ceremony.