Shanta R Yapa, Vice President of Epic Lanka and Madu Ratnayake, General Manager, Virtusa Corporation have been appointed to the Board of Management of Center for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) of University of Moratuwa. They will represent SLASI, the Software Chapter of the Federation of IT Industry (FITIS) and SLASSCOM, the national IT/BPO industry chamber, respectively.
According to Dr Sanath Jayasena, Chairman of CODL, they currently offer diploma and degree programs on distant mode where a large number of students from all over the country receive access to university education in the highly demanded disciplines. The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree offered by CODL has become very popular among the young generation aspiring to acquire a degree from a globally recognized national university. University of Mortauwa has strengthened its relationship with industry to create synergies. SLASI and SLASSCOM will assist the university in curricula development, research and knowledge transfer for mutual benefits. 
The newly appointed board members possessing substantial experience in industry will assist the CODL to bridge the gap between the university and industry through the collective strengths of their associations. This will enable the CODL to align their courses with industry demands to increase the employability of graduates and their productivity. The BIT degree program would address the prevailing gap between the supply and demand in the IT industry.