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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2861

MID plans to develop new electronic and electrical devices in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 06 November, ( The Ministry of Industrial development and the national Science Foundation have jointly funded the Science Research Center of the Moratuwa University to upgrade its services to cater the local Electronic and Electrical Industry.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development R.V.D.Piyathilaka says the research center would assist the local electronic and electrical industrialists to design new products .

At present Sri Lankan industrialists are obtaining assistance of the foreign institutions to design new electronic and electrical products paying a huge sum, the secretary explained.

Most of Electrical and electronic product manufacturers in Sri Lanka could not bear the cost for new inventions due to the lack of funds at their institutions. Due to these constraints most of industrialists import some parts of the electronic items and assembles locally to fill the market gap.

The Ministry appointed Advisory Committee on Electronic and Electrical sector has advised the Ministry of Industrial Development to take a necessary step to develop these new designs with the help of University of Moratuwa to overcome local entrepreneurs’ problems.

“We had a number of discussions with the University and finally agreed to provide 40 million rupee to upgrade the center under the first phase development project, said Mr. Piyathilaka .

He said the Centre will purchase new equipment including computers and Photo Type devices to upgrade their research centre.

According to the Ministry sources, this equipment could design preliminary designs using computers and manufacture the model of the product. After receiving the model the manufacture could make changes or add new things, he said.

According to the National Science Foundation it plans to initiate, facilitate and support basic and applied scientific research by universities , science and technology institutions and scientists, with a view to - strengthening scientific research potential, including research in the social sciences, and scientific education programmes; developing the natural resources of Sri Lanka; promoting the welfare of the people of Sri Lanka; and training research personnel in science and technology; to foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists in Sri Lanka and foreign countries and to popularize science amongst the people by funding programmes for that purpose.

Mr.Piyathilaka said the Research center would use AUTO CAD software to plan new designs and train University Students to invent new electronic and electrical designs .

According to the AUTO CAD software it is useful for drafting and detailing by design professionals who require full DWG file format compatibility but do not require 3D capabilities and enhanced customization. It streamlines day-to-day tasks and minimizes work around precision with annotation scaling and layer properties per view port, text and table enhancements. With AutoCAD the designer can create Dynamic Blocks from existing block libraries in a simple, graphical manner.

He can also edit existing block libraries to set parameters and constraints. It also allows to use the visibility controls to present a variety of standard block configurations in a single block. With the Auto Track technology and create temporary alignment paths that help designers draw objects at specific angles or in specific relationships to other objects. Perform calculations, convert units, and derive values from drawing entities all from within the software.

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