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CCC strengthens private sector, academia partnership

The Human Resource and Education Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) organised a workshop 'Forging partnerships with Universities in the Commercial arena' recently at the CCC auditorium. The workshop was conducted to encourage greater collaboration between the academia and the private sector.

The Universities of Moratuwa, Colombo and Peradeniya showcased some of the work they have done for the private sector.

The University of Moratuwa, Faculty of Engineering showcased projects carried out for Dialog Axiata PLC on i-Moni, remote alarm monitoring system. Prof. Dileeka Dias of the University with Ratna Prasad from Dialog Axiata made the presentation.

Dr. Shantha Walpolage of the University made a presentation on another project done the for DSI Samson Group on development of the University of Moratuwa - SIL Incubator.

A work study was conducted at soft drinks and ice cream production plants and logistics department of Ceylon Cold Stores. Nilantha Jayasinghe of CCS and Dr. Himan Punchihewa of the University made the presentation.

The members of the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo gave details of the projects they have undertaken for Darley Butler Co. Ltd and E B Creasy Co. PLC on development of natural, non toxic, biodegradable toilet bowl cleaner which is due to be launched soon.

They also discussed work done for Ceylon Cold Sores on development on natural food colour, and a project on value addition to graphite for Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Ltd. and a research project on water quality for Dilmah Tea. Prof. Thusitha Abeytunga of the faculty made the presentation.

The Management and the Finance Faculty of the University of Colombo showcased two projects; a salary survey and restructuring plan and analysis for a public quoted company and another project for a pioneering public bank on a management development program. Dr. Arosha Adikaram of the faculty made the presentation.

Prof. Buddhi Marambe of the University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Agriculture presented a project on bio fertiliser formulation, Phosphate solubilising bacteria mixture, production of rice bread using up to 50 percent rice flour and solar powered milking machine.

The workshop comprised representatives from all local universities including most Vice Chancellors and Deans of all the Faculties. Key persons from a range of industries in the private sector such as manufacturing and IT were present.

Key persons of the private sector said that this initiative helps the talented youth of this country contribute to business and involve themselves in real life working scenarios, giving them hands on experience.

Academics said that the workshop that brought together a cross section of academia with the private sector, was the missing link that would make graduates join the private sector and put their learning and education into practice to benefit the country.

A spokesman for the Chamber said that the it will continue to foster the relationship it has developed over the years with the universities and education policy makers and partner them in making university programs relevant and world-class.

The Ceylon Chamber Economic Summit 2013, to be held in July this year, will dedicate one session to make collaboration between the private and the public sector a reality.

 

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