Dr. R. B. Ekanayake, who was a pioneer in the introduction and proliferation of ICT in Sri Lanka, passed away last Friday. With a decorated relationship with the industry that spanned over 45 years, he strived to spread ICT all throughout the country and to establish professionalism and the utmost standards of working ethics in the ICT industry.
He is widely respected as one of the founders of Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL). Dr. R. B. Ekanayake was also the first president of CSSL, which was established in 1976. Sri Lanka ICT Association (SLICTA) bestowed him the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, for his unparalleled contribution for the field of Information Communication Technology in Sri Lanka.
According to Daily Nation and Lanka Business Today, CSSL President Ajith Salgado has appreciated the immense service of late Dr. R. B. Ekanayake. He has stated that “this is a great loss to Sri Lankan ICT industry as well the entire nation. We all should be thankful for the service Dr Ekanayake did for Sri Lanka over many decades”.
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