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Jayaratne was chief guest at 19th convocation of Manipal University

D.M. Jayaratne, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, said on Saturday that Sri Lanka wanted to enhance its unbroken lineage of friendship with India. He was delivering the convocation speech at the 19th convocation of Manipal University at the KMC Greens here.

Mr. Jayaratne said that Sri Lanka had the longest continuous historical link with India. Historically and culturally, the two nations have been very close. One of the first written references to Sri Lanka is found in the Indian epic Ramayana.

Sinhalese history traditionally started in 543 B.C. with the landing of King Vijaya from India. In 250 B.C., Bhikkhu Mahinda, the son of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka arrived in Sri Lanka carrying the message of Buddhism from India. “I am happy to be here today to enhance our unbroken lineage of friendship with India,” he said.

Congratulating India on the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission, Mr. Jayaratne said that India had demonstrated its rank in the world by successfully launching a spacecraft to the Mars.

Stating that education was the key ingredient in character-building and socio-economic transformation, Mr. Jayaratne said education could empower huge human capital to be a major constructive force to drive the growth of the economy as a whole. “Now we are living in the 21st century. High-quality higher education has the potential to find reasonable solutions for the common problem that we are facing today,” he said.

He told the graduating students that a positive attitude was important to address social problems. “Now you (students) all are empowered with knowledge through your respective capabilities that you have acquired here and elsewhere to become a worthy citizen of the world,” he said. “Today is a day when teachers deliver the final advice and blessing for your future journey. It is an emotional occasion for both,” he said. “It is also a day to express your gratitude to the teachers who have contributed to making you worthy of being recognised in the society,” Mr. Jayaratne said.

Banmali Agrawal, president and chief executive officer of GE South Asia was honoured as the distinguished alumnus on the occasion.



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