UCSC creating ICT men for the future
Creating the ICT Professionals needed for the world of the future is
the main objective of the Colombo University Computing School, UCSC
Director Gihan Wikramanayake said.
Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr
Sunil Jayantha Navarathna and UCSC Director Gihan
Wikramanayake see a stall in the exhibition. UCSC past
Director, Dr Ruwan Weerasinghe looks on
Opening the IFO++ (Ideas Free and Open) Information Technology and
Computer Science Exhibition organized to mark 25 years of the UCSC.
Prof Wikramanayake said, the UCSC, a pioneering and illustrious
institution in the ICT education field of our country, is celebrating
its 25th anniversary this year, with this IFO++ exhibition.
During the past 25 years, the UCSC has nurtured a vast number of ICT
Professionals. They bear high positions in many illustrious institutions
in the State and the private sector.
Their contribution to the ICT field as well as the economic
development process of the country is immense.
The world needs seven and eight times more ICT professionals than the
last decade in the decade to come.
The reason for this is that the ICT field had become the foundation
of the modern knowledge economy.
During the next decade, the main objective of the UCSC will be
creating and nurturing the ICT professionals the world needs.
In order to accomplish this objective, we are maintaining the UCSC
according to international standards.”
The IFO++ Information Technology and Computer Science Exhibition held
under the theme ‘Innovation through Dynamism’ was fully complete with
research projects, innovative projects, Robotics, ICT education zone,
computer games, ICT seminars for student and professionals and computer
The three-day exhibition was opened on each day by special invitees
from Government Ministries and principal representatives of the ICT
industry. The 25th anniversary of the UCSC falls on this year and
various programs are activated throughout the year to celebrate the
National and international conferences, workshops, symposiums and
lectures to educate the public take pride of place among the programs
planned. The UCSC organized the IFO++ exhibition because of the 25th
anniversary. Many students from several schools studying ICT as a
subject for GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level and their teachers
visited the exhibition and took part in workshops and symposiums. The
main objectives of this exhibition were improving IT awareness among the
younger generation, especially among the present youth, providing a
platform for undergraduate students to showcase and improve their
talents in terms of IT creativity and innovation to the public and as
well as to the IT industry.
ESOFT offers UOM BIT External Degree
The Moratuwa University (UOM) which is renowned for producing some of
the finest Engineering and Technological graduates in Sri Lanka
introduced their own Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) external
degree to cater to the dearth in the ICT field in Sri Lanka. The program
was launched around four years ago by the Information Technology Faculty
and is conducted through the Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL).
The next intake is using slightly different model as the CODL will
not be registering students for the online direct entry mode and
students wishing to enroll for this degree will have to make use of the
collaborative partners. ESOFT is using a revised course fee where the
entire degree will be available at a cost of approx Rs 325,000 including
The University has evaluated several public and private sector
organizations that it considers to have the necessary expertise and
resources to conduct the study programs. Special attention have been
paid during such evaluations to ensure that leaning environment provided
by such institutions is in accordance with the quality standards
expected by the University. ESOFT Computer Studies is one of these
institutions and is currently receiving applications from suitable
students for approval and subsequent enrolment into the latest intake.
ESOFT” collaborative partner” authorized ESOFT centres include
Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala and Jaffna bringing the total number to four.
This underscores the level of quality that ESOFT strives to maintain
while helping to bring recognized qualifications to the rural masses of
Sri Lanka. This is the fourth time that the collaborative partner model
will be available thereby allowing the students to study with ESOFT with
the guidance and administrative support from the CODL.
ESOFT was able to secure a healthy intake of students for the three
previous intakes and these students have already commenced classes and
are progressing. ESOFT is gearing for a larger intake in the new session
and will be restricting the numbers with the aim of providing the best
possible study environment.
All examinations will be conducted by the Moratuwa University and
standards will be enforced and maintained in a transparent manner.
Students who enroll for this program will have the added benefit of
receiving free textbooks containing all required study material.
Students will also be able to make use of the ESOFT branch network for
additional study activities including access to library facilities and
computer laboratories for practical work.
Application forms are available at ESOFT branches and can also be
downloaded by the visiting the ESOFT website www.esoft.lk. Students
should hand in their application forms and relevant documents directly
to ESOFT together with the processing fee.
ESOFT will be accepting applications until December 15 and classes
are scheduled for commencement in February 2011. Detailed class
schedules will be made available at a later date.
Glitz unveils new seasonal collection
Glitz unveiled its seasonal collection with a range of fashion
clothing and accessories for the forthcoming festive season.
A store-wide special promotion with a discount of 15 percent on all
items is also planned for today and tomorrow at all Glitz fashion
stores. Glitz fashion stores are located in Hyde Park Corner, Nugegoda
seventh Milepost, Mt. Lavinia and Negombo.
"We have created a festive atmosphere in stores so that our
discerning customers feel the warmth of the season with a new look
exterior, decor and ambience unique to Glitz fashion stores" said Glitz
Marketing Manager, A L M Akeel. "Our customers will no doubt enjoy the
delightful shopping experience this season" he said.
The festive collection includes partywear in seasonal red and black
as well as in the colours for 2011 comprising light green, orange hues
and coral with stripes being the most sought after trend for the
forthcoming New Year.
Evening wear for ladies range from party dresses in different
silhouettes, balloon shaped dresses, halter dresses, blouses, strapless
dresses, maxi dresses, tube blouses and blouses with three-D motifs in
eye catching shimmer and satin material worked in sequins and beads to
the glamorous little black dress (LBD). Matching shawls and stoles for
party dresses will give the ladies the extra edge to look and feel their
The range for gents includes MBRK shirts in red, black and silver,
trendy trousers from Xposed, MBRK and Toppler in slim fit, ultra slim
fit and regular sizes together with genuine leather belts, stylish shoes
in different designs, matt and gloss finish gives the total look to the
discerning fashion conscious gentlemen.
Stylish, smart and trendy officewear for ladies and gents for that
all important first day of work in the New Year 2011 is also available
at Glitz fashion stores.
The new arrival of international brands ranging from Levis,
Crocodile, Basics 029, Venfield fashionwear to designer label perfumes
such as Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Lacoste, Nina Ricci and
Paco Rabanne will no doubt be an attraction to the discerning shoppers.
Colourful and trendy Arugambay footwear for teenagers and those young at
heart are ideal for day-to-day casual wear.
The newly designed Glitz gift vouchers are the ideal gift this season
to convey seasonal greetings. The Glitz gift vouchers are available in
denominations ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 5,000 and do not carry an