India to Offer B.Tech course to Lankan Navymen
India has offered Sri Lankan naval personnel seats in a B Tech course meant primarily for Indian naval personnel.
Making this offer to Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Friday, the visiting Indian Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi said that Lankan applications would be accorded priority in admission. Adm Joshi said that the course was much sought after among naval personnel from several countries.
The Indian Navy chief told the Mahinda Rajapaksa that the Sri Lankan navy had made a “big contribution” to anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.
The Sri Lankan naval chief Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, in turn, said that the Lankan and Indian navies had been working together very well in tackling the fishing issue and that there had “never been any misunderstanding between the two navies.”
Adm Joshi came to Sri Lanka to address the annual Galle Maritime Dialogue where he stressed the need for an international mechanism to regulate armed private maritime security agencies.
These groups in uniform could take the law into their own hands unless strictly regulated, he warned.