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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Year of English and IT

By Manjari Peiris

The information technology is very vast in a competitive world which is very necessary to face challenges. Opportunities for employment in the field of IT could be gained if only there is English knowledge. This is why President Mahinda Rajapaske declared 2009 as the "Year of English and IT".

Professor Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science & Technology said so participating as the Chief Guest at a ceremony held at the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) to establish a training centre to train youth in IT and other foreign languages including English.

NAITA is now trying to improve both these sectors added with facilities to improve the knowledge of our youngsters in other foreign languages too. This initiation would help the youngsters in rural areas too.

The Chairman of NAITA, Amal Senadilankara, Minister of Vocational and Industrial Training, Piyasena Gamage and Professor Ruwan Weerasinghe of the Colombo University spoke at this event.

It is mentioned that of the foreign employment opportunities for trained labour available for Sri Lanka, the country is not in a position to fill at least 30%. The main obstacle is said to be inefficiency in foreign languages including English. If this lapse is overcome, it is expected that foreign income from foreign employment which is the chief of foreign income could be doubled.

This institution also looks forward to training youth for employment in software engineering, hardware engineering, system analysis. These students will be able to sit foreign examinations conducted by the Sri Lanka Information Technology, CISCO and Adobe.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the School of IT of the University of Colombo and the NAITA on this day which initiation would enable these students to sit an IT Degree conducted by the University of Colombo.

In addition to this, a MOU signed between the Ministry of Science & Technology and NAITA IT training would be taken forward to rural areas through Vidatha Centres located island-wide.

- Asian Tribune -

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