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Lanka’s target - 500,000 Java programmers in 10 years

Sri Lanka will produce 500,000 Java programmers within ten years to strengthen the knowledge-based economy in the country.

President, Chamber of Chartered Java Professionals Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana said there are 5,000 Java programmers in the country and they are targeting 500,000 Java programmers within ten years.


Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana.
Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe

He said, “Today, Sri Lankan youth depend on traditional jobs and we have a labour-based economy. In Sri Lanka a large number of A/L students are unable to qualify for university entrance.

The open source Java technology is the most powerful advance and widely used technology which is used for high tech innovation such as e-Commerce, m-Commerce, electronics, robotics automation, space and aircraft technology. Java technology will help these students to contribute immensely to the national economy.

Unfortunately students from the middle class and lower middle class are not aware of this career path, which could develop themselves as highly qualified professionals in the ICT industry without entering the universities, he said.

There is a big demand for Java programmers in the international arena and these programmers could earn Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000 per month.

However, we need to develop these Java programmers as individual professionals who could work independently at their residences, he said.

With the development of the technology and rapid infrastructure development in the country we are confident that we could produced Java professionals around the country, he said.

Adopting advanced technology will improve productivity and the profitability of any business.

The local business community does not adopt the latest technologies for their day to day operations due to the high cost. Local programmers have the capabilities to develop software according to the needs of the local business community, he said.

The Java Sri Lanka 2009 - National Computer Software Education and Trade Exhibition will be the ideal platform to promote Java technology as a career path and exploit the talents of local Java programmers.

The exhibition commences today at the BMICH and the local business community has an opportunity to purchase high quality software develop by the local java programmers at low prices. The exhibition will conclude on Sunday.

Minister of Mass Media Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the government allocates a considerable amount of funds through the budget for the development of ICT.

The government will allocate more funds in the future and it is important that the private and public sector come together to develop this sector.

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