Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program: Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.
|PDS Creation Date||01 Feb 2007|
|PDS Updated as of||21 Oct 2013|
|Project Name||Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)|
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|Subsector||Tertiary and Higher Education|
|Drivers of Change||–|
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories||–|
|Type/Modality of Assistance||Approval Number||Source of Funding||Approved Amount (thousand)|
|Loan||1999||Asian Development Fund||45,000|
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Efforts will be made to support plantation districts and social conflict areas where poverty is above average and people generally isolated from mainstream opportunities.
ADB has previously provided the government with a framework to advance tertiary education goals. The Project will support new governmental proposals and will provide mechanisms to implement the related goals. Government policies to harness the private sector as a strategic partner to rationalize the expansion of intake capacity through public-private partnerships and distance learning at OUSL will also be supported. These activities will be coordinated with ongoing government efforts to undertake tertiary education reforms and, with the World Bank, to modernize conventional universities to provide relevant courses.
|During Project Design
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, numerous stakeholders, public and private postsecondary institutes
|During Project Implementation
Workshops, interview, site visits
|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..|
|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.|
|Increase socioeconomic growth to raise human development levels.|
|Description of Outcome
Develop distance education to expand postsecondary school enrollment to develop a modern, high-quality human resource base.
|Progress Towards Outcome
|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)
|Status of Development Objectives
|Date of First Listing||2007 Feb 01|
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, $10million, ICB
|Procurement and Consulting Notices
|Fact-finding||28 Jul 2002 to 11 Aug 2002|
|Management Review Meeting||04 Sep 2002|
|Approval||11 Jun 2003|
|Last Review Mission||–|
|Loan 1999||11 Jun 2003||18 Aug 2003||04 Nov 2003||31 Dec 2009||31 Mar 2010||28 Jul 2010|
|Date||Approval Number||ADB (US$ thousand)||Others (US$ thousand)||Net Percentage|
|Cumulative Contract Awards|
|21 Aug 2014||Loan 1999||35,467||0||98.00%|
|21 Aug 2014||Loan 1999||36,239||0||100.00%|
Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.
|Sector||Social||Financial||Economic||Others||Safeguards||Project Financial Statements|
|Responsible ADB Officer||William A. Loxley ( @adb.org)|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Divisions||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
Ministry of Education
Mrs. Malani Peiris
Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training
|List of Project Documents||http://www.adb.org/projects/33251-013/documents|