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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2551

Germany - Introduces the AutoCAD Software to technical colleges in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 16 February, (Asiantribune.com): Amparai Hardy Technical College students introduced the AutoCAD Edu 2007, to the public at the recently held “Dayata Kirula” - the educational and development exhibition at Colombo’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference hall.

This AutoCAD Edu 2007 software was provided by the Rehabilitation and Modernization of Technical and Vocational Training Institutes project (REVO), which is implemented with the support of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), on behalf of the German Government.

Colin Ratnavibhusana, Instructor at Amparai Hardy Technical College said, “The main asset of this tool is that it displays three-dimensional views of civil engineering objects, such as houses or multi-storey buildings, as well as of mechanical engineering objects like machine parts.

According to a press release by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Currently, Ampara Hardy Technical College provides training to 23 students in the field of Mechanical Drawing, out of which 12 are girls. Students’ ages range from 17 to 21 years.

The full text of the press release by GTZ is given below:

Ampara Hardy Technical College seized the opportunity of the one week “Dayata Kirula”, the educational and development exhibition held at Colombo’s BMICH from the 4th to the 9th of February, to set up a stand and introduce the AutoCAD Technical Drawing Software. This software was provided by the Rehabilitation and Modernization of Technical and Vocational Training Institutes project (REVO), which is implemented with the support of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), on behalf of the German Government.

“The aim of this stand is to introduce our training programs to the public and to present the AutoCAD Edu 2007, the latest version of the technical drawing software, which is only available at 11 technical colleges in Sri Lanka”, says Mr. Colin Ratnavibhusana, Instructor at Ampara Hardy Technical College. “The main asset of this tool is that it displays three-dimensional views of civil engineering objects, such as houses or multi-storey buildings, as well as of mechanical engineering objects like machine parts. The exhibition is also a good chance to raise awareness amongst young people and parents on the increased job opportunities and income for students holding certificates from technical colleges. 21 students who completed the one-year Mechanical Drawing training at Hardy Technical College last year are now all working for private sector or government organizations in the area.”

Currently, Ampara Hardy Technical College provides training to 23 students in the field of Mechanical Drawing, out of which 12 are girls. Students’ ages range from 17 to 21 years.

“It is difficult to find a job in Ampara as it is a very rural area”, tells R.D. Samantha Weerasooriya, 21, an Ampara Technical College student who also conducts demonstrations of the AutoCAD software at the exhibition stand. “Our teachers guided us throughout the year so that we would have better prospects for the future. I have now become an expert at three-dimensional drawings. I would like to become an AutoCAD draughtsman. Following the tsunami, many construction sites have been set up in Ampara district and I am confident I have the skills required to support the reconstruction activities.”

As part of Germany’s post-tsunami rehabilitation program, REVO project has provided 11 technical colleges in tsunami-affected areas with PC and multimedia workshop equipment as well as the AutoCAD software. “Two instructors from each technical college were trained by the supplier on a comprehensive ten-day program”, states Peter Collingro, GTZ Senior Advisor. “Following this, each trainer committed to use his knowledge and pass it on to other instructors and students during a minimum of four hours per week. By providing adequate training equipment, our aim is to ensure sustainability and enable technical colleges to deliver high-quality training in modern skills and fulfill the demand for a skilled workforce from enterprises involved in reconstruction. Events such as “Dayata Kirula” are a great opportunity to highlight the key role of technical colleges. With the correct skills, young people are able to engage in employment within state and private sector companies and ultimately earn a living and improve their quality of life”.
Ampara Hardy Technical College will be upgraded to become a College of Technology for the Eastern Province, providing technical education at higher level (National Vocational Qualification Levels 5 & 6) in certain professions.

REVO’s mandate is the modernization of training offered for the reconstruction relevant professions. To achieve this, the project promotes a wide range of activities which include adjusting the curricula of the trades relevant to tsunami reconstruction and training teachers in modern technologies and teaching methods: these are vital factors when striving to meet the demands of the local industry. Ampara Hardy Technical College is one of the 11 colleges that REVO works with, along with the Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET) and the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training in Colombo.

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