SLASSCOM acts at the catalyst of growth of the Sri Lankan IT, BPM and KPO industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework. Being the trade chamber of IT, BPM and KPO companies in the country, SLASSCOM has set the industry targets of USD 5 billion revenue and 200,000 job opportunities by 2022. In achieving this growth, SLASSCOM has initiated various activities and Future Careers is one such initiative focusing on generating capacity for the industry.
The Future Careers initiative has two fold objectives. Firstly, it is focused on connecting the Sri Lankan youth to the exciting and rewarding job opportunities in the knowledge services industry for them to become truly global citizens. Secondly, it is aimed at expanding the talent pool available to the industry as part of this Capacity building program.
The Future Careers initiative of SLASSCOM is currently planning to hold an awareness workshop targeting students from the schools located in Colombo district. The main aim of this workshop is to educate students and the teachers about the career paths available in the IT/BPM/KPO industry. This initiative is supported by ICTA – Sri Lanka and Ministry of Education. Event details are given below:
Date : 04/12/2013
Time : 8.00am to 5.00pm
Target audience : 700 students in 4 batches = 2800 students
Venue : Open University of Sri Lanka – Nawala
Career counseling for participating students is also included in the agenda and personnel from IT/BPM industry are invited to join as industry career counselors to educate students about IT/BPM industry. Further, volunteers are also invited to manage activities of the event. The requirements for career counselors and volunteers are given below:
Requirement for career counselors
• Sound knowledge about career paths in IT/BPM industry
• Fluency in Sinhala and Tamil or Sinhala/Tamil
• Availability on 04/12/2013 from 8.00am to 5.00pm
Requirement for volunteers
• Ability to manage assigned tasks in managing the event
• Availability on 04/12/2013 from 8.00am to 5.00pm
• Career counselor and volunteers will be called for a briefing on 2/12/2013 at 3.00pm at SLASSCOM Corporate Office.
• Lunch and refreshments will be provided for career counselors and volunteers.
Please send nominations for career counselors and volunteers along with contact numbers and email addresses of nominees firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call Hajara on 011 7884462.
SLASSCOM Future Careers initiative together with ICTA and Ministry of Education will hold an awareness session for school principals and career counselors about the career opportunities available in the IT/BPM industry.
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Check out this site for more info on this initiative. http://www.futurecareers.lk/
After recruiting Will.i.am to help encourage students to explore the world of code, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates are preparing to take a more hands-on approach. As part of their mission with Code.org, the non-profit that aims to make computer courses more prevalent in schools, both influential tech icons will be contributing tutorials to an “Hour of Code” event slated for early December. Set to coincide with Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code is an introductory lesson “designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.” Microsoft says Gates will also participate in a conference call with students.
Organizers are hoping to reach 10 million students with the effort. Considering the industry heavyweights backing Code.org — Google, Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square’s Jack Dorsey, and others are providing financial support — that goal may well be attainable. And it’s not just limited to schools; Code.org is encouraging communities and businesses to take part. Anyone between the ages of six and 80 can get involved. Educators who organize Hour of Code events will receive 10GB of complimentary Dropbox storage, and a school in every US state will be gifted a class set of laptops for their participation.
Source : http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/14/4838628/mark-zuckerberg-bill-gates-contributing-tutorials-to-code-org
CodeExpertz 1.0 is a 6 hour online school programming competition exclusively for the school children of Sri Lanka. As the prime technological institution of Sri Lanka, we have taken the initial step to provide a platform for the school children to showcase their hidden talents and improve their skills in the field of computer programming. This will be a new avenue for the school children to get the exposure to the real world technology aspects at a very young age, which we at IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa (IEEE SB UoM), consider as a great privilege
The competition was created to,
- Motivate school students to be technologically sound in solving real world problems, especially using computer programming
- To provide students an online competitive environment to investigate their talents in programming.
- Give IEEE Student Members a challenge to embrace team work – an important skill to develop for career success.
Students, who are currently studying in a school(O/L & A/L) and students just finished their advanced level examinations, will be eligible to take part in this competition.
We are hoping to conduct a series of workshops prior to the competition to give the students awareness about programming in general and the competition. These workshops will be held in selected schools and institutions all over the country, at the University of Moratuwa premises and selected centers in each district.
The first workshop was successfully held at Holy Cross College, Kalutara with the participation of almost 150 students from Kalutara District. Students from Holy Cross College, Kalutara Vidyalaya and Mathugama Central College were present on that day. This workshop was conducted by our high calibre undergraduates representing the technical committee. All of them are members of the IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa. We were able to witness the enthusiasm of the students towards this competition and we are more than happy to receive encouraging feedback regarding this work shop.By conducting several workshops in other districts also, we hope to retain the momentum until the competition.
We are extremely glad to have Digit.lk as the online media partner which will be supporting us and promoting our event throughout the entire duration of the competition. For more information regarding the competition and the registration process, please visit our Facebook page or contact Subodha Charles 071 4438868, Malintha Fernando 071 8874922.
Sarvodaya Fusion together with Etisalat launched an innovative educational program to empower students in rural areas within Udubaddawa A.G.A. divisional secretariat of Kurenegala district. This being a pilot project and also for its significance, Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala was selected as the operational education center.
Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala is one of the tele-centers (Nenasala wisdom outlets) under the 1000 Nenasala center network of Sri Lanka. This project was initiated by the Presidential Secretariat and Information Communication Agency of Sri Lanka(ICTA) under the patronage of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksha, President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala has been serving all the components of the society including students, government and private sector employees, civilians and also the members of the clergy. Our primary objective is to improve the literacy of Information and Communication Technology and the English language proficiency of the people in the area.
Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala has established 53 Distance Education Learning (DEL) centers within Grama Sewa divisions of Kurunegala and Puttalum districts. English language is taught in these centers by teachers of Udubaddawa Nenasala and they use the monthly English magazine published by Udubaddawa Nenasala under the approval of National Library and Documentation Services Board of Sri Lanka.
Under the patronage of Sarvodaya fusion and Etisalat Sri Lanka, Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala was able to initiate this innovative English language training program for the students in the area. It is with immense gratitude we mention the donation of five Android Huawei Tablet computers by Etisalat towards the success of the program.
Mr. Udara Dharmasena who is the coordinator for mobile 4D of Sarvodaya Fusion, conducted the Android Tablet training session for the Nenasala English teachers. Kalpanee Gunawardhana was the volunteer resource person who conducted a session covering apps in Google market which are relevant to our English curriculum. The inauguration and introducing ceremony was held on 11th of July at Sri Indrarama temple at Udubaddawa.
This is the beginning of an innovative and a revolutionary path in the education of Sri Lanka. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Mr. Isura Silva, Manager of Sarvodaya Fusion, Mr. Udara Dharmasena, Ms. Kalpanee Gunawardhana and Executive Officers of Etisalat for their pioneering vision and the trust they had regarding Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala. Also we appreciate the commitment and the support of Mr. Nilupul Danhanjaya, Exective of Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala, who coordinated with teachers to make this event huge success.
SLIIT provides a vital boost to the education sector by providing valuable educational opportunities through scholarships for students in the SAARC region in a range of disciplines at SLIIT.
During the last decade, SLIIT has risen to become one of the top higher educational institutes in the region, offering students high quality, structured academic programs geared to maximise students’ employability and providing highly skilled graduates who fulfill employers’ demands for competent, top-notch professionals.
“Our aim is not only to cater to the local market but to the regional and international markets as well,” opined Professor S. Karunaratne, Chairman of SLIIT.
We have a network of partner universities in Australia, the UK, USA and Canada and students have the opportunity to either graduate from SLIIT or from any one of the institutes partner universities.
Thus SLIIT provides a wide range of higher educational opportunities for students at the institute,” he said.
“Sri Lanka has immense potential, and we wish to spur the growth of the education sector to become an education hub not only in the region, but internationally as well,” said Professor Lalith Gamage, President and CEO of SLIIT.
Source: Daily News
NSBM Computer Science Batch 12.2 organized an industrial visit to WSO2, a world famous company concentrating heavily on open source middleware applications, for a seminar for undergraduate students regarding the industry. The seminar covered a wide range of topics including the necessary skills a computing student should acquire, an introduction to mobile and cloud computing and finally, insight about the various jobs available in industry.
The students were given a warm welcome and it was a well organized seminar. In the first session, the seminar focused on future goals and how to achieve them and the skills required to be competent professionals in the IT industry.
The second session focused on the new trends in mobile development, including different platforms and developing cross-platform applications. Furthermore, WSO2 Mobile introduced their new subsidiary company and their open source mobile products. Before moving on to the next session, WSO2 Mobile team organized an interesting team activity that encouraged students to showcase their resource planning and time management abilities. The last session of the seminar discussed software companies and their marketing as well as open source software and cloud computing. At the end of the seminar they distributed free WSO2 T-shirts for the participants.
This was NSBM Computer Science students’ first industry visit and it was a riveting experience. Cheers to WSO2 for investing time and money on behalf of new comers to the industry and showing them the path to success and excel in the industry.