Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Brandix launches ‘Ran Daru Abhises’ to strengthen learned workforce

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Apparel manufactur­er Brandix, launched ‘Ran Daru Abhises’, a scholarshi­p scheme to support high-performing students qualified for university education across Sri Lanka.

The initiative is designed to enable students selected to state universiti­es to continue their higher education without hindrance, thereby strengthen­ing the future learned workforce of the country.

An event marking the symbolic launch of the programme took place under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Dinesh Gunawarden­a, parallel to World Children’s Day, October 1.

The first recipient of the Brandix ‘Ran Daru Abhises’ scholarshi­p, K. Akshika, was

presented with a scholarshi­p to support her as she received her tertiary education at the University of Colombo, Faculty of Technology.

Akshika was ranked 2nd Allisland and 1st in the Batticaloa district in the Bio Systems Technology stream at the 2019 G.C.E Advanced Level (A/L) examinatio­ns and was

employed at Brandix’s facility in Batticaloa while she awaited her results, during which time she performed her duties exceptiona­lly. Participat­ing in the event, Minister of Education, Dinesh Gunawarden­a recognised Brandix for setting an example through its socially responsibl­e actions across its communitie­s. “The Ministry of

Education would like to thank Brandix for making the decision to support education through the Randaru Abhises initiative. It is important that private businesses extend their support to help children continue their education and Brandix is taking a very important step in this regard. I am happy to meet Akshika, who has come here today from

Batticaloa, and has chosen to continue her higher studies with the support of a company like Brandix.”

A significan­t portion of students in Sri Lanka qualifying for state universiti­es face varying obstacles as they pursue their higher education, which in turn impacts their employabil­ity and career progressio­n. The Brandix ‘Ran Daru Abhises’ initiative will address this issue by making an annual selection of the best A/L exam performers from communitie­s within the ‘Brandix Model Village’ projects and support them for the 4-year duration of their university education. Phase 1 of this programme will award scholarshi­ps to 18 students across 8 districts.

 ?? ?? Minister Dinesh Gunawarden­a symbolical­ly presenting K. Akshika with the first Ran Daru Abhises scholarshi­p. Prof. Kapilapere­ra, the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Lalith Bandara, CEO - Brandix Essentials, and Malika Samaraweer­a, Group Head of CSR - Brandix were also present along with other Brandix representa­tives
Minister Dinesh Gunawarden­a symbolical­ly presenting K. Akshika with the first Ran Daru Abhises scholarshi­p. Prof. Kapilapere­ra, the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Lalith Bandara, CEO - Brandix Essentials, and Malika Samaraweer­a, Group Head of CSR - Brandix were also present along with other Brandix representa­tives

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