In a proactive bid to support Sri Lanka’s IT student base, global enterprise software developer IFS is investing over Rs. 10 million during 2013-2014 on a scholarship programme for IT students in Sri Lankan universities. Under the program IFS will be providing living allowances for underprivileged students at all the major Universities in Sri Lanka. By providing a needs based scholarship IFS makes it possible for the best students to achieve academic excellence, regardless of their financial means.
So far, 18 students from the University of Colombo School of Computing, the University of Kelaniya, and the University of Rajarata have received scholarships and benefited from the programme. Through the programme each student receives a monthly living allowance, throughout their respective academic careers. Universities select suitable students on behalf of IFS, based on their academic performance and economic background.
“We believe in supporting talented students during their academic careers so they have the financial means necessary to realize their potential. These students are gifted and have inherent abilities that will help them to grow into outstanding IT professionals. As a leading global IT company in Sri Lanka we take pride in being a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility activities focusing on Education in Sri Lanka. We have chosen to focus our CSR efforts on education not only because it would be a clear benefit to the community and economy in the long term, but also because it’s an area that IFS, as a knowledge based company, understands well” said Ranil Rajapakse, COO and Vice President of IFS World Operations Sri Lanka.
“IFS’s unwavering support to the department of Industrial Management of the University of Kelaniya has been three dimensional. Namely in disseminating knowledge, as visiting/ guest lecturers, in providing training by accommodating our students as interns and providing financial assistance in the form of providing scholarships and equipment when necessary.” commented Dr. Chamli Pushpakumara, Head, Department of Industrial Management University of Kelaniya.
IFS is a leading global enterprise software vendor to industries where asset management, manufacturing, field service management, supply chain management, or project management are core disciplines. IFS Applications has been evolving to meet changing customer needs since 1983 and is configured for agility, usability, and low total cost of ownership in its targeted industries. IFS has been operating in Sri Lanka since 1997, and is one of the leading software development companies in the country.