President launches rural Pirivena endowment programme
The awarding of scholarships, computers and educational equipment and gift vouchers for shoes to monks, bhikkhunis and lay students studying in Pirivenas in remote areas commenced with the aegis of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Under this initiative, educational equipment will be provided to all lay and clergy students studying in remote areas in Moneragala, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Hambantota Districts.
The State Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Piriven as and Bhikkhu Education has allocated Rs 30 million for this purpose. The President symbolically presented the scholarships and educational equipment at Temple Trees this morning (30) to mark the inauguration. Twenty novice monks who achieved highest marks in the Mulika Piriven Final Examination and the Pracina Preliminary Examination were awarded foreign scholarships.
Aesthetic kits valued at Rs 12 million will also be distributed to Pirivenas under the programme. The President also launched the official website (www.piriven.gov.lk) of the State Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Pirivenas and Bhikkhu Education. Director of the Piriven Ven. Watinapaha Somananda Thera, Ven. Balangoda Sobhitha Thera, Ven. Narampanawe Ananda Thera, Ven. Dr. Bodagama Chandima Thera and other members of the Maha Sangha, Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, State Ministers Vijitha Berugoda, Susil Premajayantha, Piyal Nishantha, Vidura Wickramanayaka and Seetha Arambepola, Secretaries and officials of the line Ministries were also present at the occasion.