IT education the way forward – Bandula

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If the export revenue from IT services in Sri Lanka increases from USD 1.7 billion per year to USD 15 billion, there will be no problem in importing petroleum, LP gas, or other essential items, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said. Gunawardena said he believes that priority should be given to young people who are more talented and have great creativity to pursue their education in the IT field. Gunawardena was speaking during the signing of the MoU with the Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) to begin the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology Degree programme.

“I see it as fulfilling a great national duty and responsibility if IT for the coming generation is geared to suit the international market and market needs under the right guidance. I am grateful to engineer Ranjith Rupasinghe, who identified his responsibility and convened the youth service council to launch an affordable Degree programme for these brave young people. In fact, if you finish the course in the proper manner, you can earn money while being at home,” he said.

He said, “There are young people in our country who earn thousands of rupees while at home and use their creative ability through Information Technology. He Minister said in a world where knowledge is capital and all those without capital have the opportunity to turn knowledge into capital and become huge tycoons”.

This three-year Degree programme in Applied Information Technology is designed to produce technical graduates in the computer field. The curriculum was developed with the help of professional and private institutions involved in Information Technology.

The Degree course is open to young people who have three average passes in G.C.E. Advanced Level examination in any subject. During the first two years of the degree programme, studies are conducted online at the National Youth Corps and National Youth Service Council training centres. Students can continue their studies in the third year by receiving training at private sector IT institutes.

BY Thameenah Razeek