Madras University has chalked out a programme to offer free distance higher education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels to displaced Sri lankan Tamil refugees living in Indian and Sri Lankan camps in the next academic year.
"Our syndicate meeting has decided to offer free distance education to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who are residing in Indian and as well in Sri Lankan camps" Madras University Vice-Chancellor G Thiruvasagam said.
As a first step,the university has invited Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in South India V Krishnamoorthy to discuss various aspects of the programme on January 18.
He said the Director of the state rehabilitation centre would also participate in the meeting and provide details of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee's education status."After discussions we will be getting permission from the State, the Centre, as well as Sri Lankan government to proceed further," he said.
The university also plans to allocate Rs two crore in its 2010-2011 budget for the scheme. Initially, undergraduate and postgraduate courses would be offered from the next academic year, particularly to Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu.
"After receiving permission of the Sri Lankan government, the education scheme would be extended to Sri Lanka", he said.