ICTA joins hands with EDEX

More opportunities for rural youth

While many organisations have difficulties in recruiting the right talent to join their winning teams, many applicants on the other hand, apply for vacancies not being fully aware of the exact expectations of the organisation or the competency requirements to fulfil the tasks assigned effectively.

Although the free education system was introduced in Sri Lanka over 5 decades ago, it could be concluded that even with billions of Rupees of public funds being allocated annually, our youth particularly its rural counterparts are yet to show any remarkable improvement. It is no secret, how on a number of occasions these youth who continuously suffered from a protracted ‘opportunity divide’ reacted violently, whilst many passionately debated issues of the Digital Divide on a global front.
With a vision ‘To empower the Sri Lankan youth to be globally competitive’, EDEX along with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) is now concentrating on the rural youth of the country. This strategic partnership paves the way for a better focused strategy to enhance opportunities for the rural community.

ICTA’s Nenasala programme is now gaining momentum with over 400 IT kiosks dotting even remote villages islandwide. This program is incrementally making inroads to enhancing IT literacy, which is increasingly becoming a key skill in demand. It is reported that over 10,000 mostly rural youth access Internet and other IT resources online everyday via the Nenasala network.
Benefiting from the synergies the ‘Nenasala’ and ICTA offer, EDEX – National Higher Education and Careers EXPO has decided to offer the benefits of the recently re-launched EDEX web portal www.edex.lk for the benefit of these rural youth.
Synergies derived from this initiative are expected to be a real boon to the aspiring youth in the country specially those in rural areas. Bringing these rural youth a few steps closer to the opportunities that exist both within and outside the country, the EDEX web portal will offer them with invaluable online resources in higher education, skills development and employment in terms of guidance as well as placements.

Such rare exposure and access to related information will enable the out-of school young men and women to make informed decisions on choices, options and opportunities

EDEX is acclaimed to be the most comprehensive and the largest Education & Careers Fair in the country. It has managed to create new standards in the exhibitions arena with its novelty/ value addition programmes such as seminars & workshops, on site job interviews, scholarship offers, greater coverage of relevant sectors representing both local and overseas participants and other special features, the pinnacle of which are the twin EDEX Exhibitions held in Colombo and Kandy in January each year.


ValueFirst introduces global SMS platform to Lankan Corporates

ValueFirst Lanka, a member of the ValueFirst Group headquartered in India, with a presence in over 8 countries including Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, the UK, the Middle East, Lebanon, and the Caribbean Islands, will make its debut shortly as the first ever independent Mobile Virtual Network Operator [ MVNO ] in Sri Lanka.

Vice President, Global Alliances ValueFirst, Srinand Sridharan, said that their objective for Sri Lanka was to create an independent MVNO, with a focus on enterprise mobile messaging with unique and superior offerings for mission critical, corporate applications.

“Value First is a leading MVNO with a clear focus on SMS mobile messaging for enterprises. It empowers its customers to communicate between varied IT back-end systems and mobile phones, using SMS services”, said Sridharan. He went on to say that ValueFirst provides a unique, end to end, global carrier grade mobile data service offering ‘ plug and play’ application and hosting.

“Sri Lanka has over 6 million mobile phone users out of a 20 million population, and is growing at a rate of over 25% . With a cellular density of over 21%, Sri Lanka is poised for accelerated growth in this value added space”.
Sridharan went on to say that ValueFirst’s platform combines signaling information from the mobile world with an innovative IT application layer to provide messaging services to corporate customers, with guaranteed service levels.

“Over the last 20 years mobile telephony has made tremendous progress in moving from the introduction of the in-car analogue mobile phone for businessmen, to today’s mass retail market in pocket sized digital handsets”. Sridharan went on to say that mobile phone penetration now exceeded 90% of the population in the more advanced European countries and in addition, there are more than half a billion digital GSM handsets in use across 210 countries. “As the public becomes more familiar with mobile telephony, the use of Short Mesage Services [ SMS ], has rapidly become a cult service transforming the way in which people communicate”

Value First Lanka would provide solutions to Corporate customers through a new type of messaging infrastructure. ValueFirst’s Mobile Messaging platform with direct access to mobile operator networks include quality features such as Reliability and Timelessness, a Secure and Trusted Environment, Single Entry Point, and Uniform Application Access.

As one of the fastest growing wireless application and service providers in India, ValueFirst’s technologies and applications have been extensively tested in customer applications. The ValueFirst Technology Development Centre in Gurgaon , India possesses state of the art knowledge and extensive experience in building proven customer applications and messaging interfaces.

“With several Fortune 500 listed companies as our customers around the globe, including Pepsi, eBay, Phillip Morris, Microsoft, Yahoo, Proctor & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, HP, TATA, Aviva, Cadbury, and many others, ValueFirst Lanka looks forward to expanding our business into the under serviced market of enterprise mobile messaging with superior levels” said Mr Sridharan.


Dialog Change Trust Fund fosters digital inclusion

Donates computer peripherals to St. Sebastians

The Dialog Telekom Change Trust Fund recently donated computers and peripherals to St. Sebastian’s Tamil Maha Vidyalaya, Colombo 12. Prior to the intervention from Dialog, there was only one computer available in the school. Although Computer Studies is part of the syllabus for Grade 5 and above, hands-on experience for students was restricted due to this shortage. The school needed to minimise drop outs and help students cope with the rapidly changing world by allowing them to gain exposure in the field of Information Communication Technology.

It was under these circumstances that the Change Trust Fund stepped in, Mr. Mothilal De Silva, Group Chief Corporate Officer, Dialog Telekom explains, “We acknowledge that being a company operating in the global south, Dialog Telekom has an important role to play in the development of the country in addition to providing high value products & services. Our Corporate Responsibility encompasses community outreach and the Change Trust Fund has given hope to many causes through charitable contributions to the needy”.

The Change Trust Fund was established in 1999 by Dialog Telekom and is the company’s key community service initiative, winning awards at international level including the prestigious World GSM Awards. Under the voluntary agreement, subscribers donate half a percent (0.5%) of their Dialog GSM bill up to a maximum of Rs.25/= to the fund, which is matched 1 to 1 by the network. Initiatives under the fund focus on needs-based community projects with the ultimate aim of enriching Sri Lankan lives through inclusion. Web: http://www.dialog.lk/change.


Mobitel provides value addition to Ceylinco Savings Bank

Mobitel, the national mobile services provider has signed an agreement with Ceylinco Savings Bank in order to provide total mobile solutions for their corporate staff as well as their freelance and periphery sales force.
Suren J Amarasekera, CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel said: “It gives us immense pleasure to have had the opportunity to propose to Ceylinco Savings Bank a tailored proposal addressing the unique requirements they had. With the award of this proposal, we want to reciprocate the trust that they had reposed in us and give them the very best service.”

Adding to this Reyaz Jeffrey, CEO, Ceylinco Savings Bank said: “We had a requirement to reducing our overall voice cost and we felt that we were reaching a level where it was difficult to control. We decided the best thing was to switch on to a mobile network to provide our sales force contactability at a reduced cost, and along with that we realised that the corporate theme also required a certain amount of synergy. There was quite a lot that we could reap out of having one common package. Mobitel gave us an excellent deal in terms of our bank and of what we were looking for. We have achieved our objective above our anticipation.”

Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom. In January 2004, the company launched its fully-fledged GSM network that is EDGE/GPRS enabled and designed to operate on dual bands. Investments committed to date in its 3G and GSM service offer a total of over US$ 200 mn. This is set to increase its present 600 base stations by the end of this year.


National Best quality Software Awards 2007

Sanjitha De Silva Alwis, a recipient of double gold award for the tertiary student project and the Microsoft award for the best project developed using Microsoft tools at the National Best quality Software Awards 2007 and Erani Srikantha who was a recipient of the Silver with the awards.
The group that won the Gold for the tertiary student project and the Microsoft award are Sanjitha De Silva, Sukitha Magallage, Mohamed Hosney, Nishadha Silva and Wimal Perera. Winners of the Silver were Erani Srikantha, Rakitha Karunaratne, Chamara Nandasena, Gihantha Ratnayake and Garuka Serasinghe.
Both Gold and Silver winners represented SLIIT. These groups will be representing Sri Lanka at the regional competition (APICTA) which will be held in Singapore late November. The National Best quality software Awards were organized by the British Computer society (Sri Lanka section)











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