1000 Mahindodaya Centres are great investment for the Education!
No discrimination against rural students now - President
Dharma Sri Abeyratne and Tennakoon Bandara, Monaragala district corr
Arrangements made to uplift the education sector are hampered and criticised by certain elements since they do not like to see the children moving to higher notches in the educational ladder, especially in the international arena, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
These narrow sighted people level baseless allegations against the education sector development measures without considering the significant achievements, and moves already being taken for the development of the education sector, he said.
"These people do not let rural students climb the education ladder leveling baseless allegations such as saying a student who enters a Mahindyodaya Science Laboratory which comes under 1,000 Mahindyodaya School Development Program is charged Rs 50,000 by the government."
The President highlighted that whatever these carping critic might say the government will never stop carrying out the measures taken to uplift the education sector of the country. President Rajapaksa was addressing a gathering at the opening a newly constructed Mahindyodaya Science Laboratory at Galgamuwa Maha Vidyalaya in Monaragala on Monday.
The President was welcomed by students and teachers of the college along with thousands of parents and villagers, who gathered at the venue and alongside. It was reported that there were certain electorates, which do not have a single 1AB school. Advanced Level science streams are available only in a 1AB school. Considering this situation, on the advice of the President the 1,000 Mahindyodaya school development program was launched.
Under the program, a science laboratory, a computer lab with 40 computers, a language lab, mathematics lab and Nenasala centre for distance learning will be constructed in each Mahindyodaya school.
President Rajapaksa said all students will get an equal opportunity to follow the science and mathematics streams for the Advanced Level with the establishment of Mahindyodaya technological laboratories.
"The government has taken steps to end discrimination against rural students in the educational arena through the Mahindyodaya 1,000 school development program. Schools are upgraded to a complete school under this program, where facilities will be available for the teaching and learning process," he said.
In line with the government's vision to make Sri Lanka an education hub of Asia, the entire education sector has already been subjected to a radical change. Under the Mahindyodaya school development program, especially rural students will be able to conquer the world with novel technology including information technology, the President said.
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New hostels for universities
July 6, 2014, 10:27 pm
The new hostel at the Sabaragamuwa University
by Dasun Edirisinghe
More than 24,000 undergraduates would benefit from 60 new hostels to be completed by September 2015, Additional Secretary of the Higher Education Ministry P. G. Jayasinghe said.
The construction of about 30 hostels was nearing completion under the first phase of the project and the first hostel was scheduled to be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the South Eastern University by the end of this month, Jayasinghe said.
The government had to pay Rs. 1,200 million annually for rented accommodation for undergrads at present, but it was difficult to find suitable places in the surroundings of Rajarata, Sabaragamuwa and Wayamba Universities, the Additional Secretary said.
"In keeping with a concept of Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake, we launched the 60-hostel project to save the vast sums spent on rent and provide children with comfortable and safe accommodation, he added.
Jayasinghe said that 400 students each could be accommodated in new four storeyed hostel with all modern facilities. The cost of one building was Rs. 220 million and the construction company had given a 50-year warranty, he said.
The International Construction Consortium (ICC) and Sanken Lanka have been contracted to build 30 hostels under the first phase, Jayasinghe said, promising that each building would be completed in 12 months
VTA Sri Lanka and Oracle Academy to help 10,000 students in IT careers
July 7, 2014, 7:01 pm
The Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of Sri Lanka and Oracle Corporation Singapore Pte Ltd, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement the Oracle Academy’s Introduction to Computer Science program, and Advanced Computer Science program into the VTA’s Vocational Training Centers (VTC) island-wide.
This effort will, over a two year period help prepare 10,000 students across 70 Vocational Training Centers for IT careers and assist VTA build a strong foundation of technology programs. In turn, help meet the growing local demand for a highly-skilled technology workforce.
Commenting on this historic MoU Colonel Darshana Rathnayaka (RSP, RWP), chairman VTA said "VTA is dedicated to developing ICT education for the youth in Sri Lanka to produce IT professionals and to provide them with industry exposure, making their skills more industry relevant both in public and private sectors."
"IT certifications carry great significance in the competitive professional environment. VTA has now considerable links with international IT-related professional bodies to offer Sri Lankan youth training in the industry’s topmost certifications," he added.
Under the MoU, Oracle Academy software curriculum, hosted technology, training, support and certification resources will be made available to students and faculty.
Sri Lanka to establish 1000 E-Nenasala Centres island-wide
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Sri Lanka has initiated e-Sri Lanka Nenasala program with the objective of taking the dividend of ICT to every village.
The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology has planned to open 1000 E-nenasala Centres island wide before the end of this year. The Ministry launched the setting up of E-nenasala Centres to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban population and also to develop students' information technology knowledge.
The IT literacy rate which was four percent in 2004, has increased to 43 percent at present. The Government aims to increase this up to 75 percent by the year 2016.
Vocational Training Centre in Orugodawatte in Colombo
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Sri Lankan Government and Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) signed a loan agreement for the implementation of a project for establishing a Vocational Training Centre in Orugodawatte area in Colombo district and to improve Gampaha Technical College under the loan aids of EDCF Korea.
Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma speaking on the above project said that Rs.220 million has already been allocated to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development for the implementation of the project through the Budget Estimate 2014.
The Cabinet, in order to expedite the implementation work of the project, has granted the approval to obtain consultancy service from the Korean University of Technology and Education at a cost of US$ 2,231,700.(KH/SI)
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Korea donates 12 new school buildings to Kilinochchi
July 30, 2014, 11:01 pm
The hand-over ceremony of twelve new school buildings and three teachers’ quarters donated by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea in collaboration with UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) for twelve schools in Kilinochchi district was held in three beneficiary schools, KN/ Konavil GTMS, KN/ Tharmapuram Maha Vidyalayam and KN/ Piramanthanaru Maha Vidyalayam on Monday (28).
Attending the ceremonies were South Korean Ambassador, Chang Won-sam, Minister of Education, Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Douglas Devananda, Governor of the Northern Province, Maj.Gen. (Retd.) G.A. Chandrasiri, Member of Parliament Chandra Kumar, Resident Representative of KOICA, CHO, Kyu-Chan, Head of Supports and Services UNOPS LKOH, Lou Luff, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Education, N.H.M. Chiththrananda and other dignitaries.
At the ceremony, the Korean Ambassador officially handed-over the twelve school buildings and three teachers’ quarters, along with furniture for all the buildings, all worth an equivalent of five million US dollars to the Minister of Education and the Minister expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador for the grant provided, from which more than 6500 students in Kilinochchi area will reap benefits.
Along with assistance for development of education, on behalf of the Korean Government, KOICA was continuing its utmost efforts to provide assistance in other areas such as information, health and environment, local governance and so on for sustainable development of Sri Lanka, the Korean embassy said.
Mahindodaya technological lab opened in Balapitiya
Rasika Somarathna and Dilip Nissanka in BalapitiyaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa opened another Mahindodaya technological laboratory at Siddhartha Maha Vidyalaya in Balapitiya yesterday. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the new laboratory has a science laboratory, mathematics laboratory, language laboratory, distance education unit and an information and communication laboratory. Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene speaking on the occasion, said the government initiated the Mahindodaya technical laboratories program to develop 1,000 secondary schools with modern amenities to provide equal educational opportunities and facilities for children in all areas. "The aim of the program is to get rid of the popular schools concept and build schools with developed facilities in all areas," he said. "Today we lack skilled professionals in some fields to fill existing vacancies. This is due to the wrong policies we adopted in the field of education in the past. Today, under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa we are in the process of correcting such mistakes." "We introduced the technological study stream to the school curriculum and brought about a revolution in the education sector," he said. The minister predicted that in the future, Sri Lanka will not lack skilled professionals in any sector and added that this will supplement unprecedented growth in the country during next few years. Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, Southern Education Minister Chandima Rasaputra and Principal of the college Janith de Silva also addressed the gathering. The event was organised by External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin De Vass Gunewardene. Governor Kumari Balasuriya and Chief Minister Shan Wijeyalal de Silva were among the large crowd present. - See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/ma...al-lab-opened-balapitiya#sthash.WuQFWI2j.dpuf
Excellent vision for Sri Lanka's future education!
Higher education system undergoing many developments – SB Rasika Somarathna While focusing on increasing access and quality of education at existing universities with the aim of producing employable graduates to suit global markets, Sri Lanka’s higher education sector will also strive to set up world class universities to attract both foreign students and academics, Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said. The minister said the higher education system in the country today was undergoing many developments with the long term vision being “an international hub of excellence in higher education by 2020.” “The future thrust of Sri Lanka’s higher education will focus on increasing access and quality while maintaining equity with the aim of producing graduates who can meaningfully contribute to the nation’s development,” Dissanayake said. “In addition Sri Lanka envisions in making higher education one of the country’s major foreign income earning avenues. Our tag lines in developing higher education are world class universities, globally employable and entrepreneurial graduates - the job creators not job seekers,” the minister said. Disanayake said to achieve the above, Sri Lanka was looking to improved global compatibility, global links and exchanges. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 13th session of the Regional Committee on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific at Hotel Galadari, Colombo yesterday. Representatives from 26 member countries are participating in the two day deliberations in which Sri Lanka will act as the Chair. The minister stressed that the country will strive to produce graduates who are employable and will follow global best practices. “Today education is a global paradigm. We produce graduates for the global market. As such it is very important that we follow global standards,” he added. The minister said the country was moving forward in an unprecedented manner inline with the Mahinda Chinthana way forward, the national vision of Sri Lanka which envisions the country to be the Miracle of Asia soon. “Under this long term vision we are going to create and maintain six hubs namely aviation, naval, energy, business, tourism and knowledge. Knowledge hub is the centre of the other five five hubs. Higher education has to play a pivotal role in developing the knowledge hub,” he added. The two day confab is organised by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, the Australian government Education Department, Higher Education Ministry, University Grants Commission and Higher Education Ministry. Over 60 local and international experts are taking part. During the inaugural sessions yesterday, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand Director Gwang-Jo Kim, UGC Chairperson Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama and Branch Manager Europe, America’s and Multilateral Branch, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education Scott J Evans also spoke. - See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/hi...ing-many-developments-sb#sthash.Q8ffiQzU.dpuf
SLIIT graduates commended by industry experts
August 10, 2014, 9:08 pm
(L-R) Dr. Mahesha Kapurubandara, Dean International, Dr. Koliya Pulasinghe, Dean Graduate Studies & Research, Prof. Ashok Peiris, Dean Engineering, Dr. Malitha Wijesundara, Dean Computing and Nuwan Kodagoda, Head IT addressing the gathering.
Guiding students to meet industry requirements and excel in their work place is a role SLIIT has maintained since its inception. SLIIT has been recognized as the premier degree awarding institute in the country which provides a broad scope of academic and industry opportunities for students in the fields of Computing, Business and Engineering.
SLIIT, together with its industry partners; Sri Lanka Telecom, LOLC, IFS, Aeturnum Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Unilever, hSenid Business Solutions, Innodata Isogen, Mobitel, SLASSCOM, Zone 24x7, Virtusa, David Pieris Motor Company, Prima Ceylon, Reservations Gateway (Pvt.) Ltd and Orange IT held the annual HR forum to understand the progress of SLIIT graduates in the industry.
Along with the industry partners were Dr. Malitha Wijesundara, Dean Faculty of Computing, Dr. Mahesha Kapurubandara, Dean International, Prof. Ashok Peiris, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Theekshana Suraweera, Dean Faculty of Business, Dr. Koliya Pulasinghe, Dean Graduate Studies & Research, Department Heads, Business Development team and the Career Guidance team of SLIIT.
Commenting on student performance and work ethic, Pubudu Liyanage, Director Human Resources and Process Development at IFS R&D Limited said, "We have more than 100 SLIIT graduates working with us. We are also involved in a special scholarship programme with SLIIT, where they can work part time with us while following part-time courses. I find that the students of SLIIT are able to grasp things fairly quickly"
At SLIIT, students are offered enhanced support in career guidance to help them find internships and employment. Elaborating further, Dr. Mahesha Kapurubandara, Dean International noted, "We conduct a tracer study to find out if students are employed after completing their education at SLIIT".
Due to the high credibility and reputation SLIIT posses almost all students are employed within a period of six months after graduation. SLIIT offers mock interviews, free training and guidance to re-skill unemployed graduates.
"We are glad that our industry partners have given us positive feedback, with regard to the performance of students at their place of work. It is our responsibility to have annual forums of this stature, to not only strengthen relationships between the various industries and SLIIT but also for us to understand the industry expectations, so that we can groom our students" noted Dr. Kapurubandara.
India sets up Language Lab in Sri Lanka's Central Province
Mon, Sep 29, 2014, 07:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Sept 29, Kandy: Sri Lanka's Central Province was the latest recipient of a language laboratory set up under a project to set up nine language laboratories in the nine provinces of Sri Lanka with the assistance of India.
India's High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha and Sri Lanka's Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena jointly inaugurated the Language Lab in Kandy on September 29, 2014 at a function held at Mahaweli National College of Education.
The Language Lab in Kandy is one of the nine Language Labs that the Government of India has set up in each of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka.
The first Language Lab was inaugurated in Gampaha in the Western Province in December 2013. Other locations where Language Labs have been set up include Jaffna, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Badulla and Matara.
The Language Lab project is being implemented as part of a MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka in 2011 for "Setting up of a Three-Tier English Language Training System in Sri Lanka".
The total cost of the project is Rs. 84 million, which is being implemented by the Government of India under full grant assistance through M/s Metropolitan Office (Pvt) Limited, Colombo. As part of the project, Government of India has provided 30 computer units and other related equipment, software and latest sophisticated teaching aids to each Centre, and has also trained five master trainers for each Centre.
The objective of the project is to help enhance English Language training infrastructure in Sri Lanka; raise the general level of proficiency in English language of various sections of society; impart training in the use of English language; familiarize English language teachers from schools, colleges and universities in Sri Lanka with recent trends in English language teaching; and upgrade their skills.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Gunawardena appreciated India's assistance in the field of education, and said that this project would help advance English language skills of teachers and students in Sri Lanka.
High Commissioner Sinha congratulated the Ministry of Education on the successful completion of the Language Lab at Kandy. He recalled that the scope and scale of India's Development Partnership projects in Sri Lanka had increased exponentially since the end of the armed conflict in 2009, with Indian assisted projects amounting to US$ 1.63 billion and encompassing virtually all major sectors including housing, infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, fisheries, industry, handicrafts and culture. Importantly, the projects were in line with the needs and priorities identified by the Government of Sri Lanka.
The government has already given the go ahead to establish private universities in Sri Lanka. While commenting on this, Higher Education Ministry secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne told AdaderanaBiz that plans are afoot to establish 10 private universities in Sri Lanka by 2020.
“Our plan is to establish 10 private universities in Sri Lanka by 2020. We expect 50,000 foreign students to attend these universities by that time.
“There are proposals to establish these foreign universities in Hambantota, Gampaha, Deniyaya, Kandy and Trincomalee,” said the Higher Education Ministry secretary.
He added that a large number of foreign universities have sought permission to establish their branches in Sri Lanka and India’s Manipal University and Singapore’s Raffles University are among them. Apart from these, Sri Lanka Telecom too has sought approval to establish a university.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Central Lancashire University laid the foundation stone for its branch at Gampaha recently.
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