Caption – ComputerScience undergraduate students from the University of Jaffna at Eurocenter DDC.
SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies) organized a two day industrial visit for the Computer Science undergraduate students from the University of Jaffna. SLASSCOM facilitated this industry awareness visit for the second consecutive year as part of their capacity building initiative to bring Jaffna students to mainstream IT/ BPO industry. The students visited IFS, Virtusa, Euro Center, eCollege, Cinergix Research and Sabre Technologies on the 17th and 18th October 2011 during their stay in Colombo.
The main objective of this tour was to provide students with the opportunity to meet IT industry professionals and engage in a knowledge sharing session while getting an orientation to the available career options within the industry. Twenty students including two senior lecturers were able to witness the working environments of the companies visited. They were also guided in CV reviews, interview preparation, and career selection during the sessions. This initiative comes under the SLASSCOM Capacity Forum with its primary focus on initiatives to expand the Sri Lankan IT and BPO talent pool to be globally competitive.
All SLASSCOM’s capacity building initiatives are geared towards driving Sri Lanka to reach our national goal of becoming the #1 industry to lead Sri Lanka to the Knowledge economy while achieving the target of US$1 billion in revenue and employment to over 100,000 by 2015. “We were delighted to facilitate an industry awareness visit for the Computer Science students of University of Jaffna for the second consecutive year. We have many programs lined up to help these students and introduce them to the opportunities available within the IT/ BPO industry. In addition, we will be facilitating a two day workshop in Jaffna next month for the first and second year under graduate students in the Computer Science degree program” said Nihara Nanayakkara, Executive Director of SLASSCOM regarding this visit.
SLASSCOM FutureCareers is another capacity building initiative aimed at expanding the talent pool available to the industry. SLASSCOM Future Careers initiative will focus on connecting Sri Lankan youth to the exciting job opportunities in the knowledge service industry for them to become truly global citizens. We invite students to visit the SLASSCOM Future Careers and learn how you can become part of this exciting industry. Students can join online at www.futurecareers.lkto learn about the industry. SLASSCOM invites the industry professionals to also join at www.FutureCareers.lkto encourage and offer their support and guidance to a new entrant to the industry.
“The companies gave us a glimpse of the future of the software industry. This will be really helpful to plan our curriculum to suit the future needs. In addition, they guided and encouraged the students to create an online presence which can be utilized to improve themselves while securing future employment”, Dr. Charles Eugene, senior lecturer, University of Jaffna said commenting on the tour. Mr.K Thabotharan, another lecturer at the University of Jaffna stated, “We had informative and productive sessions. Topics covered were current and I’m sure the students would feel the same. The visit gave our students an opportunity to get a clear idea about what the industry expects from them, where they stand and what they need to do to become part of the IT/ BPO industry. Furthermore, we were impressed by the young Chief Technology Officers (CTO’s) who gave good impressions and I think they will be heroes for our students too”.
One of the students commented, “We received valuable knowledge from the companies visited and this was my first visit to a software company. We were able to get many ideas for our final year projects from these companies. We were informed of the work opportunities available in the IT industry. I’m very happy that were able to visit some of the leading IT companies here in Sri Lanka”.