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.