The MoU was signed on behalf of ICCR by Mr. Arindam Bagchi, Acting High Commissioner of India, and by Mr. Sunanda Madduma Bandara, Vice Chancellor, University of Kelaniya.
The decision is reflective of the increasing popularity of Hindi in Sri Lanka, and would be the first ICCR Professor of Hindi in any University in Sri Lanka. ICCR would depute an expert from India to occupy the post, who would inter alia deliver lectures at the University of Kelaniya as per the curriculum of University Grants Commission.
Funding for the post would be provided by ICCR on grant basis, while local facilities would be provided by the University. Each Professor would be appointed for a two-year term. ICCR has earlier funded such Hindi Professors in other foreign countries, including Russia, Bangladesh and Thailand.