Business News Sri Lanka: People’s Bank has entered into a partnership with University Grant Commission (UGC) Sri Lanka to provide loan facilities to undergraduates of all universities in the country with easy repayment plans. This special loan scheme has been introduced to fulfill a promise given by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his election manifesto “Saubagye Dekma” to empower all university undergraduates with the latest technology.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announcing the partnership was exchanged by Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman of People’s Bank and Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge – Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) at the People’s Bank Head Office on 29th July 2020. Ranjith Kodituwakku – Chief Executive Officer / General Manager of People’s Bank, Dr. Priyantha Premakumara – Secretary of UGC, Ubayakula Ranaweera – Head of Finance/Accountant of UGC together with K.B. Rajapakse – Senior Deputy General Manager-Retail Banking, G.P. Renuka Jayasinghe – Deputy General Manager-Process Management, Quality Assurance and Retail Banking and Lionel Galagedara – Deputy General Manager-Channel Management, all from People’s Bank, were present at the occasion.
With this historical partnership, all Sri Lankan undergraduates will benefit through a concessionary loan scheme to purchase laptop computers which suit their respective education areas.
The loan facilities will be granted to purchase laptops with specifications that are pre-approved by the University Grants Commission at a more concessionary interest rate with easy repayment plans. The undergraduates are privileged to pay only the interest portion during the university course period while repayment of the loan capital will commence after they have graduated from their respective university.
Expressing his opinion on the partnership, Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman of People’s Bank stated, “We are pleased to introduce this special loan scheme for undergraduates of all universities in the country. We are confident that these laptops will assist them to carry out their studies while providing them access to global knowledge which will allow them to be always updated in their respective field.”
Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge – Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) stated, “Today, we marked another milestone in our university system in the country, I hope this strong bond with the largest bank with such a widespread branch network in the country will provide all the undergraduates with a great opportunity to complete their degrees while creating financial discipline in their life.”