Innovative Teachers and Students National Awards:
Microsoft fetes innovation
The Education Ministry together with Microsoft Partners in Learning
Initiative recognized innovative thinking and exceptional creative
talents of teachers and students islandwide at this year’s Innovative
Teachers and Students National Awards ceremony held on November 29 at
the Galle Face Hotel.
The winners of the competition
Education Ministry Secretary H M Gunasekera speaking at the occasion
commented “We consider it our collective responsibility to annually
appraise creative programs such as this, that are conducted by the
Ministry of Education and ICTA together with global IT sector giants,
with the objective of increasing computer literacy rate to 75 percent by
the year 2016 and make Sri Lanka a knowledge hub as outlined in the
Mahinda Chinthana Idiri Dakma development plan.
Microsoft’s dedication to IT innovation and development translates
into the field of education through its global initiative Microsoft
‘Partners in Learning’.
Through its activities the company focuses on developing all three
areas of learning and education; namely teachers, students and schools
with the objective of encouraging active use of ICT in classrooms on a
day to day basis.
In Sri Lanka this initiative takes life in partnership with the
Education Ministry and the Secondary Education Modernization Project (SEMP),
who organizes the Innovative Teachers and Students National Competition
which culminates at this annual awards ceremony.
The names of the national level winners were announced at this
ceremony. Winning the first place in the Teacher’s category was T G R
Tharukaratne from Sujatha Balika Vidyalaya, Matale with R C P
Wijewickrama - Siri Mihindu Maha Vidyalaya, Minuwangoda in second place
and H M Wijewardena of Rambuka Maha Vidyalaya, Rakwana in third place.
In the 9-11 Teacher’s category Rasika Sampath Edirisinghe of
Siddhartha Maha Vidyalaya Weligama was awarded first place while W
Chamath Abeygunawardana of All Saints’ Central College, Fort, Galle was
placed second and D Priyankara Godage of Siddhartha Maha Vidyalaya
Wellawaya was placed third.
In the 12-13 category M G N S Jayasekara of Ananda Balika National
School Hingurakgoda, was awarded first place whilst D M L D Senevirathna
of St. Joseph’s College, Anuradhapura for second place and U G P
Sirikumara of Darmadutha Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla was awarded third
In the students 1-8 category Ananthitha Johnson of St. Mary’s
College, Trincomalee was awarded first place while D M M B Dissanayake
from St Mary’s Maha Vidyalaya, Kegalle was awarded second place along
with M D S P S Dasanayake of St. Mary’s Maha Vidyalaya, Kegalle awarded
In 9-11 students category J A D H Aseka of Katukenda Sri Sangabodhi
Central College, Dankotuwa was awarded first place while B A Bhagya
Chathurangani Swarnasinghe from Ananda Balika National School,
Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa was awarded second place along with R P H K
Ruwanpura of Weddagala South Maha Vidyalaya, Kalawana for the third
In A/L Maths category Muditha Bandara Arambepola of Prince of Wales
College, Moratuwa came first, U Manikya Udayanga Senarathna of Ananda
Maha Vidyalaya, Elpitiya second and W M A Sandamali of KudaKusum Maha
Vidyalaya, Bandarawela came third. In A/L Bio category K G Rivindu
Nishshanka of Pitabaddara Maha Vidyalaya , Pitabaddara received first
place while W W M M T Madushan Bandara of Keppetipola Maha Vidyalaya,
Keppetipola received second and M N Fathima Shihara of Tamil Girls’ Maha
Vidyalaya, Badulla was awarded third place.
In the A/L Commerce category R A Dasun Chamara of Narandeniya
National School, Kamburupitiya came first along with T Thivanika of Sri
Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College, Trincomalee in second place and N D G
Shalika of Tissamaharama Maha Vidyalaya in third place. In the A/L Arts
category T G D Sandaruwan of Kahagolla Maha Vidyalaya, Diyathalawa was
placed first while Abdul Azeez Fathima Sasna of Mutur Muslim Ladies
College, Mutur was awarded second place and H A S M Hettiarachchi of
Delwala Maha Vidyalaya, Delwala received third place. Microsoft Sri
Lanka Country Manager Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne said, “This year is
truly an exceptional milestone of this event.
I’m extremely proud to see all winners emerging from rural areas and
from all corners of the country. That, together with 80,000 entries
received for this year’s competition goes on to prove the popularity of
the competition and gives us an indication of the number of lives we
have touched through this initiative alone.
We’re humbled by the participant’s enthusiasm and take pride in that
we have contributed positively to transform the IT landscape of the
country which was our objective when we launched this program seven
years ago with very humble beginnings.
Winners of the National Level Teachers Competition receive the chance
to represent Sri Lanka and compete at the Asia Pacific regional event
which will be held in Thailand in 2011. This will, indeed, be a great
opportunity for local teachers to meet, share experiences and interact
with their regional counterparts.
Aeturnum Lanka celebrates four years
Aeturnum Lanka, a provider of enterprise software development
solutions and services to emerging technology vendors and Global 2000
organizations, celebrated its fourth anniversary recently.
The company was established in 2006 as a subsidiary of US-based
Aeturnum Inc, which is headquartered just outside Boston, Massachusetts.
It has specific expertise in a number of technology domains including
enterprise search and collaboration, mobile applications, e-commerce,
business intelligence and data warehousing, software quality assurance
and testing, and e-billing and online self-service.
Aeturnum has continued to reach new heights by providing its clients
with maximum support and a complete range of engineering, implementation
and consulting services while meeting all their software requirements.
Its team of certified technology experts has enabled it to achieve this
with great efficiency for the company while delivering great impact for
In the past year, Aeturnum Lanka has continued to expand its
expertise and invested significantly in infrastructure and logistics
with the aim of providing its team of engineers with a healthy and
vibrant work environment.
The company has also strengthened its technical portfolio by
recruiting engineers from diverse technical backgrounds.
The company has a mission of training its engineers on the latest
emerging technologies in order to help its clients take full advantage
of these solutions to drive their business and increase their
productivity. Aeturnum also supports the development of its team by way
of its active participation in the Sri Lankan IT community. Shabbir is
the Founding Vice-President of the Sri Lanka Software Testing Board (SLSTB)
and Aeturnum is a Council Member at the Federation of Information
Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) - Software Chapter (formerly known
Aeturnum also contributes to the betterment of the society by
investing in communities to help people thrive in life.
As a part of its responsibilities as a corporate citizen, the
Aeturnum Foundation engages in several social welfare and educational
programs, both in Sri Lanka and across the globe.
FITIS felicitates Nayana Dehigama
The Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) felicitated Epic
Lanka Group Chairman and Managing Director Nayana Dehigama for winning
the most coveted Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award 2010. Epic Lanka
is a member of the Software Chapter of FITIS formerly known as SLASI.
Senior Minister Prof Tissa Vitharana, handing a special
memento at INFOTEL 2010 to FITIS Software Chapter member and
Epic Lanka Group Chairman and Managing Director Nayana
Dehigama to felicitate his achievement by becoming the best
Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur.
The memento was handed over to Dehigama Technology and Research
Senior Minister Prof Tissa Vitharana at the Infotel Forum 2010 held at
the BMICH Auditorium recently. EPIC Lanka is a technology leader in
providing e-security and e-payment solutions to corporate organizations
in Sri Lanka and the region.
Established in 1998, Epic Lanka is committed to innovate, develop and
implement world class IT solutions in secure electronic payments,
information systems security, mobile enterprise automation and secure
document personalization. Epic Lanka is the pioneer in implementing some
of the mission critical IT solutions for several State organizations and
leading corporate firms. The Sri Lanka ICT Industry Association, FITIS,
the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka, which
constitutes Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association (SLCVA) - the
Hardware chapter, Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industries (SLASI)
- the Software chapter, Association of Computer Training Organizations (ACTOS)
- the Training chapter, Lanka Internet Service Providers Association (LISPA)/
(TPA) - the Telecommunications chapter and Information Security Audit
and Control (ISACA) - the Professional Chapter. FITIS has been in
operation for the last 15 years as the unified umbrella organization of
the ICT industry in Sri Lanka. FITIS has been actively engaged in
developing the ICT industry in Sri Lanka with many programs which have
been successfully implemented for the growth of ICT usage and
consequently the growth of job opportunities in the ICT industry.
It has also significantly contributed to the ICT awareness in all
regions the country.
Featuring Windows 7 OS, 3.75G connectivity:
Prolink launches first Windows based Touch PC
Prolink has launched a new Touch PC. The new touch screen tablet -
the first Windows 7 based tablet to be launched locally - runs on an
Intel Atom N450 Processor and features a 32GB SSD storage capacity as
well as a 1GB DDR2 memory.
The new PC
Weighing in at less than 1 kg, the TW8 is a lightweight and practical
alternative for users who prefer the convenience of a touch screen
interface and a larger screen while working off a familiar Windows based
Running on the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system with built-in
Wi-Fi as well as the option of high-speed 3.75G connectivity, the TW8
has been built to ensure that you are able to work on your documents yet
connect effortlessly with others while on the go.
The TW8 comes equipped with the new Bossa Nova User Interface, which
makes the running of your web applications and social media platforms a
cinch. All the commonly used applications like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr,
RSS feeds as well as an easy-to-use web browser can be easily accessed
from the new interface. Default Windows applications like Windows Live
Messenger, Paint, Calculator, Windows Media Player have also been
pre-installed so users are able to enjoy using and working on their
tablet pc in the shortest time possible. With its sleek casing and
additional features such as USB ports, a 1.3MP web camera and Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR for enhanced data transfer; the TW8 is both stylish and
user-friendly. Its capacitive multitouch capability makes it easy for
users to navigate through the user interface, simply by swiping their
fingers across the screen, while its 3-axis sensing display orientation
allows you to view your screen in landscape or portrait modes
With all the above features packed into its slim 14mm casing, the TW8
is a must-have for professional users who are looking for convenience
and connectivity while on the go.
Prolink is offering a one year international warranty on all its
personal computing devices.
Sala Enterprises are the authorized distributor for Prolink Products
in Sri Lanka.
Saab extends corporate agreement with IFS
Saab has extended its corporate agreement with IFS to position the
Saab Group for new business opportunities.
In addition to the corporate contract signed in June 2009, Saab will
implement IFS Eco-footprint Management and IFS Export License
Management, the latter as part of the Saab-IFS partnership offering.
Under the terms of the agreement, IFS will call off Kroner 11 million
in December 2010, of which Kroner eight million pertains to software
Saab has been a customer of IFS since 1994 and has a long-term
strategy of increasing its use of IFS Applications across the Group to
achieve greater IT efficiency.
Many Saab subsidiaries use IFS Applications for design and
manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engineering,
supply chain management, project management, and after-sales services.
The need to track environmental impact is often driven by regulation,
corporate value systems, customer demands, and risk management. For
Saab, this has been a focus for many years and the Group currently has
around 50 different environmental targets and programs connected to
climate change, the environmental impact of aviation, hazardous
substances, and others. “We chose IFS Eco-footprint Management because
it is fully integrated with IFS Applications and can easily track
environmental impact and critical substances included in the products’
lifecycle. When fully implemented, we will be able to improve our
environmental profile and manage risks even more efficiently through the
entire Group,” Saab CIO Mats Hultin, said.