Moratuwa University clinches top position
The University of Moratuwa became the Global Top University by
winning the highest number of awards as well as by submitting the
highest number of applications at the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2008.
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By winning 24 awards the University of Moratuwa has become the top
among the Global Universities 2008, said Open Source Team of Google
Leslie Hawthorn. Software industrialists said that this achievement of
the university is a big encouragement to the industry.
Students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of
the Faculty of Engineering won one award three years ago and bagged 18
GSoC awards this year. The university secured 24 awards and this is a
remarkable testament to the quality of the graduates produced by the
University of Moratuwa.
The GSoC program offers student developers stipends to write the code
for various open source projects. Google will work with several open
source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and
fund several projects over a three-month period.
The program has brought together over 1,500 students with over 130
open source projects to create millions of lines of code. The program,
which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fourth year.
The majority of past student participants were enrolled in university
Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. This year, the
students have come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, from
computational biology to mining engineering.
Many of the past participants had never participated in an open
source project before the GSoC; others used the GSoC stipend as an
opportunity to concentrate fully on their existing open source coding
activities over the summer. An individual stipend is USD 4500.
Zone 24X7 in new expansion plan
With a new expansion plan in Sri Lanka, Zone 24X7, the global
technology solutions company based in San Jose, California opened its
new State-of-the art office premises at Nawala Road, Koswatta last week.
The CEO of the company Lalvan Fernando said that this is a major
milestone of Zone 24X7. The new premises will substantially increase our
capacity in Sri Lanka.
Zone 24X7 set up its Sri Lanka technology centre in 2003 with eight
software engineers. As Sri Lankan operations became promising, we
increased our staff on several occasions and today there are over 100
top notch IT engineers. With this growth additional office space was
required, Fernanado said.
“The State-of-the-art technology centre is bound to create the best
environment for our associates to foster creativity and induce
innovative ideas. Zone 24X7 treats the engineers with respect and
provides unique experience which only a handful of Silicon Valley
companies provide”, he said.
In the new five-storey building, there are conference rooms in each
floor with video conferencing facilities enabling our clients from
around the globe and offices in the US and Malaysia to connect and
exchange ideas live. The new office also has advanced security
infrastructure as well as the facility to expand depending on the future
needs of the company.
Zone 24X7 has technology centres in the US, Malaysia and Sri Lanka
and we provide round-the-clock development cycles by working on client
projects onsite, offsite, near-shore and off-shore, Fernando said.
Zone 24X7 develops and deploys mission critical and quality
enterprise products and solutions for customers and leading software
The company is engaged in a wide range of emerging technologies
including embedded System Design, Win CE, Linux OS porting, SDK
Development, .net and J2EE backend servers. The company has specialised
skills in Enterprise Mobility solutions, VoIP and Payment security.
Zone 24X7 is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner in mobility solutions
competencies due to its excellent technological solution delivery.
It is also a Windows Embeded Partner. G W
Virtusa supports Young HR Minds Award 2008
Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ:VRTU), the leading IT services company
doing business in Sri Lanka and a globally-renowned IT solutions
provider, is sponsoring the “Young HR Minds Award 2008” at a
pre-conference session at the National HR Conference on June 2 at the
BMICH, organised by the Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka,
The award program recognises up-and-coming HR professionals for their
contributions to best HR practices in Sri Lanka. Awards are based on
submitted organisational case studies assessed by a panel of judges
comprising eminent professionals and HR practitioners.
Director HR/Asia Head of HR for CCT Business Unit at Virtusa, Ishan
Dantanarayana, said, “Virtusa is highly people-driven and committed to
best HR practices and the trusted advisor role that HR plays in aligning
HR strategies with business strategies.
This program brings young HR professionals into the limelight and
acknowledges their flair and talent. The search for excellent practices,
most knowledgeable talent and enabling such learning to be shared, is
the philosophy that encouraged Virtusa to support this initiative.
Our strong foundation of corporate values-pursuit of excellence,
integrity, respect and leadership, along with our open, collaborative
work environment, attracts the IT industry’s best professionals to
The Young HR Minds Award aims to encourage HR professionals and
practitioners below 35 years to share their organisational experiences
in design, development and implementation of contemporary HR practices.
Applicants submit papers in advance of the Pre-Technical National HR
Conference on June 2, wherein three or four of the best papers will be
invited to make a presentation.
All applicants can submit a paper preferably using an organisation
case study approach covering any one of the streams of cutting edge HR
practices specially selected for this particular purpose.
Past President of IPM Sri Lanka Janaka Kumarasinghe said: “Our
intention through the Young HR Minds Award, is to encourage young HR
professionals to share practical insights using a case study approach
about HR practices in their organisations.
The case studies will be used to promote HR education and build on
the local body of HR knowledge. As Sri Lanka’s premier institution
promoting HR professionals, IPM’s mission is to attract and develop HR
talent and the Young HR Minds Award is the ideal way to achieve this
Apart from this, the IPM also organises various events and programs
to develop HR practices, and publishes HR best practices and in many
international journals and magazines, he said.
Dave Ulrich live at IPM-HR conference
Microimage, the pioneering e-HR technology company joined hands with
the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) as the knowledge partner by
sponsoring the Dave Ulrich live cast.
Prof Dave Ulrich is one of the most respected gurus in HR and his
live satellite session will be the key event of the IPM HR conference
next month in Colombo.
Dave Ulrich is Professor of Business at the University of Michigan
and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping
organisations and leaders deliver value. He has helped to generate award
winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, Human
Resource practices and HR competencies.
He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and 15 books
such as HR Champions, HR Value Proposition, HR Transformation and HR
Speaking at the signing of the MoU with the IPM, the CEO of
Microimage Harsha Purasinghe said, “As a leading HRIS technology vendor
we see the value of sharing world-class HR best practices and knowledge
specially from a guru like Prof Dave Ulrich”.
Microimage focuses on “technology innovation for people driven
business” with greater focus towards Human Capital Management.
The new subsidiary Microimage Mobile Media focuses on developing
innovative solutions for mobile and media domain. Microimage who
pioneered e-HRIS in 2001 services a large established client base
ranging from small, medium to large enterprises in Sri Lanka, he
Maldives and Singapore.