e-diriya IT centre, a boon for school-leavers
The fourth of the ICTA-initiated e-diriya IT Centres that are being
set up in each Province was opened in the Sabaragamuwa Province
Telecommunication and IT Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya speaks
at the inauguration of the fourth Province-wise ICTA initiated
Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith
Siyambalapitiya and Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister Mahipala Herath
opened the centre at the Zonal Education office in Kegalle recently.
Telecommunication and IT Minister said that while general development
of the country was taking place, improvement was also taking place in
information and technology. "ICT has the special characteristic of
leveraging development by leapfrogging from unnecessary and tedious
traditional stages without losing any values in the process. The IT
Centre set up today will empower public service personnel. When public
servants are better empowered, the people will be better served."
"The centre will improve employability specially of school-leavers
and those who could not enter the university. The centre will be a boon
to unemployed graduates in gaining employment. The Government has
provided jobs to around 52,000 graduates. This is a record," the
Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister Mahipala Herath said, "Thanks to
President Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring 2009 as the Year of English and
IT, the Sabaragamuwa Province has today made great strides. Improvements
have been made in the so-called difficult areas of Sabaragamuwa to such
an extent, that the schools therein are not second to top schools in
"The percentage of good results at public examinations in schools in
area is on par with that in the prestigious schools in Colombo such as
Ananda and Nalanda," he said.
ICTA Chairman, Peradeniya University Chancellor and Senior
Presidential Advisor, Prof. P. W. Epasinghe said, "A few years ago ICT
was the prerogative of the elite. The epoch-making decision President
Rajapaksa made about a decade ago is yielding people-friendly results.
This decision became specially accentuated from the time he became Prime
Minister in April 2004."
"ICT has now become a facility widely used even by the very poor. The
guidance of the President in this regard brought about this innovation
of making the dividends of ICT reach all. Hardware and software to make
public services go digital are futile if the staff concerned are not
trained to use these facilities," he said.
"The IT centre will train Provincial Government employees. At the
same time the centre will provide basic ICT training to the residents of
the area specially those of the low income strata," the Professor said.
The first ICTA-initiated Provincial level IT Centre was set up in the
North Central Province, while the second was launched in the Northern
Province. The third province to have the IT centre was the Eastern