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Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe honoured at Infotel

The Founder and Chairman of the Informatics Group, Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe was awarded a token of appreciation by the Federation of Information Technology Industry of Sri Lanka (FITIS) for the valuable and longstanding service rendered to the ICT industry.

Dr. Wickramasinghe who has been acknowledged as a pioneer in Sri Lanka's ICT sector, received this token of appreciation at the conclusion of Infotel 2014 organised by FITIS recently. The Informatics Group which is a pioneer in the ICT sector consists of hardware and system integration, software, education and agriculture arms.

The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) which is the education-arm of the Group and a brainchild of Dr. Wickramasinghe has been credited to be Sri Lanka's first private higher education institute which awards British degrees in the field of ICT and Business.

Dr. Wickramasinghe said that he had dedicated his life to the ICT sector in Sri Lanka and his work at Informatics played a pivotal role in empowering the industry.

"Today, Information Communication Technology has evolved rapidly with new technological innovations being introduced every day. We have kept up with the new trends in technology and as a country we have made great progress in the ICT sector," he said. "We launched Informatics 31 years ago with the vision to empower the ICT sector. At the time, people in Sri Lanka were cynical of ICT. But they soon realised the value of ICT," Dr. Wickramasinghe said.

"To strengthen the workforce in the ICT sector we need an ICT literate workforce and we strived to achieve that objective. With this in mind we set up IIT. As of today, IIT has produced over 3,000 graduates and has awarded nearly 600 scholarships," he said.

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