Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 01 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)
Country Sri Lanka
Project/Program Number 33251-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Nationwide.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Tertiary
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 3: Some gender elements (SGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1999Asian Development Fund45,000
TOTAL US$ 45,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Efforts will be made to support plantation districts and social conflict areas where poverty is above average and people generally isolated from mainstream opportunities.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

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..

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.

Development 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 Towards Outcome

Outputs and 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)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 01
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
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 28 Jul 2002 to 11 Aug 2002
Management Review Meeting 04 Sep 2002
Approval 11 Jun 2003


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
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
28 Sep 2016 Loan 1999 36,239 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
28 Sep 2016 Loan 1999 36,239 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

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.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1999 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Sofia Shakil (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training

Ministry of Education
Mrs. Malani Peiris


Project Website
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