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SLASSCOM facilitates workshop on research projects for the IT/ BPO industry

The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) facilitated a one- day workshop on research projects for the IT/ BPO industry.

SLASSCOM has been working in the past few years to create awareness in IT-related new trends and employment opportunities.

One such initiative is the SLASSCOM direct link, which focuses on engaging the industry with academia. SLASSCOM direct-link initiative provides a platform for collaboration between the IT industry and the academia.

A sound dialogue and strong relationship between the academia and industry is essential to ensure that the IT/ BPO industry stays relevant and competitive in the global market.

The workshop highlighted current research needs for the industry and provided a platform for continuous dialogue between the universities and the industry. The research ideas discussed at the workshop was for undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many IT faculty members from the University of Moratuwa- Engineering, University of Moratuwa Faculty of IT, University of Peradeniya, University of Rajarata, University of Ruhuna, University of Sabaragamuwa, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, University of Colombo School of Computing, Open University, Jaffna University, South Eastern University and other private universities were participants at this workshop."

"Presentations were made by leading IT companies in Sri Lanka such as IFS, MIT, Virtusa, and Motorola Solutions on educating the University faculty members on the relevant research with the industry taking into account the current global IT trends.

The participants gathered knowledge on Intellectual Property Rights in Sri Lanka through a presentation done by Dr. Karunaratne, Director General of National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka.

In addition, the participating faculty members had the opportunity to visit some of the leading IT companies based at Orion City - the IT Park in Sri Lanka at the end of workshop.

"It is nice to see how the Sri Lankan IT companies are willing to collaborate with universities to do research. I feel that postgraduate level research collaborations are lagging behind in Sri Lanka compared to other countries.

Need to focus more on postgraduate research initiatives as well", said one of the participants commented on the workshop.

Another senior faculty member said that, "It was a good session. Industry and academia collaboration in research is quite essential in taking the industry forward. This is a good start in creating a platform and taking adhoc collaboration into a common forum in a coordinated effort".

"There is a mismatch between the needs of the industry in line with current global IT trends and the research done by students at the Universities.

A larger student community lack research ideas when it comes to their final year projects.

We need to bridge this gap by providing constant feedback from the industry to the Universities so that relevant and up- to-date research will be done by students which would also enhance their career options in the industry", said Director of SLASSCOM and Director/ Country Manager for Motorola solutions, Anuradha Tennakoon,.Vice President of SLASSCOM and Vice President and General Manager of Virtusa, Madu Ratnayake, spoke on 'How student projects can drive the national agenda'.


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