It seems the ongoing Indo-China geopolitical struggle in the country has entered into university campuses in the North as well. It is a well-known secret that both India and China are trying to make inroads in the region via development projects and business ventures, in recent times, the Sunday times reported.
The Indian Consulate General in Jaffna, with local partners, organised a three-day long December musical festival at the University of Jaffna to celebrate local carnatic musicians.
Then came more news among student circles that an entity named Belt & Road Initiative Sri Lanka (BRISL) which worked closely with the Chinese Embassy in Colombo had invited university students to attend a three-day seminar titled “BRI and a Better Future for Sri Lanka” on the same day at a five-star hotel in Colombo.
Five economics undergraduates had been selected as participants and other students were also encouraged to attend the conference in Colombo.