Project Name Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)
Project Number 33251-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1999-SRI: Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)
Asian Development Fund US$ 45.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Tertiary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Project is directly aimed at human resource development with special attention provided to ensure wider equal access to poor students seeking postsecondary education opportunities. Special attention will be provided to qualified rural students through distance learning (including off-shore learning), computer learning technologies, and support for private education..
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project will assist the Government to broaden and deepen opportunities in postsecondary education by making institutions more efficient and cost-effective.

The Country Programming Update (2002) and Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka Report (ADB 2002) suggest that propoor economic growth is central to poverty reduction. Infrastructure (roads, power, and ports) is important, but so are small or medium -sized enterprise development and policy reform to stimulate labor- intensive growth, especially in downsizing and improving the efficiency of the public sector. Social development supports these efforts by streamlining publicly financed social services, especially outside metro Colombo. A major improvement in access and relevance of tertiary training is required for upward social and economic mobility. Tertiary education contributes to poverty reduction by producing high-quality public servants and efficient managers for the private sector.

Impact Increase socioeconomic growth to raise human development levels.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Develop distance education to expand postsecondary school enrollment to develop a modern, high-quality human resource base.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

DEPP established to increase educational opportunities.

Consortium of public-private partnerships established to improve standards.

OUSL (central and regional centers) upgraded.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nationwide.
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Package A: ICT Consultant package to build, operate, transfer

ICT system and distance learning network, $3million, ICB

Package: B: University assistance package to support strengthening of Open University admissions, accounting, computer system and subject-matter development, $1million, LCB


Civil Works: Two buildings on Open University Campus, $4million, ICB

Small Civil Works on 25 campuses, $6million, LCB

Several packages of scientific laboratory equipment, computers, etc., $8million LCB

Packages of ICT equipment for distance learning network - configure, install and operate, $10million, ICB

Responsible ADB Officer Sofia Shakil
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training
18, Ward Place, Colombo 7
Sri Lanka
Ministry of Education
Mrs. Malani Peiris
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2001
Fact Finding 28 Jul 2002 to 11 Aug 2002
MRM 04 Sep 2002
Approval 11 Jun 2003
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 06 May 2010

LoanĀ 1999-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Jun 2003 18 Aug 2003 04 Nov 2003 31 Dec 2009 31 Mar 2010 28 Jul 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 45.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 45.00 11 Jun 2003 35.47 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Jun 2003 36.24 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

This project data sheet was generated from on 27 November 2015