Two Months of IT Training at Eurocenter DDC, Colombo

Ruvini, Iresha and Radhika
Ruvini, Iresha and Radhika

Radhika Nilupulee Rajapaksha –  Jan 9, 2008

It was my good fortune to have been selected as a trainee to work at the EuroCenter DDC (now 99X Technology) in Colombo last year.  I arrived at EC on 22nd October for a two month stay until 22nd December, together with two of my friends, Iresha Dilhani and Ruvini Senevirathna.  First, I would like to thank Mr. Mano Sekaram and Mr. Johann De Cruz for providing us with this great opportunity.

During these two months I learned many things such as how the company is run since I had no idea how a company works.  I also observed people working together as a team, and I had the opportunity to be part of that team.  This involved sharing many responsibilities when we were working with the team.  Our task was to design a website for the Sports Club at EC.  We received assistance from other employees of EC as well.  Actually that was our main task at EC since we were unsure of how to handle this project properly. We gained a lot of experiences from our involvement and learned the correct method of handling such a project.  Initially we had a kick-off meeting and then we went on with to obtain the other requirements.  We had to draw up Story Boards, and after that the main templates had to be designed in order to develop the website.  We followed this method and were successful.

Radhika, Ruvini and Iresha with Eurocenter DDC team.
Radhika, Ruvini and Iresha with Eurocenter DDC team.

We became familiar with a lot of software while designing the EC Sports Club website, as well as how to use Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Dreamweaver, CSS, Java Script, Macromedia Flash, etc., and we also learned about Web servers, the Internet and CMS.

I must make special mention of the staff of EC from whom we learned many useful things. Actually they were very kind and helpful and we are indeed grateful for their kindness during the two enjoyable months we spent with them!

I should also like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Charles for their kind hospitality by providing us with comfortable accommodation and tasty food at their house in Rajagiriya, which we greatly enjoyed.  Our thanks also to Mrs. Muththamma and her family for looking after us well and making our stay so pleasant.

I should not forget to mention here that while at EC, I learned to play table tennis as well.  This was something I had been very keen to do. So Ruvini, Iresha and I learned from the others who were playing, and we used to play together during our lunch hour.  This is something we all enjoyed very much.

Radhika Nilupulee at a Christmas party at EC.
Radhika Nilupulee at a Christmas party at EC.

IT Giant Imtel Commends Sri Lanka’s Efforts to Bridge the Digital Divide -ICTA – December 14, 2005

Radhika, Ruvini, Iresha and Nanda Wanninayaka with Intel Chairman Dr. Craig Barret
Radhika, Ruvini, Iresha and Nanda Wanninayaka with Intel Chairman Dr. Craig Barret
Radhika, Ruvini, Iresha and Nanda Wanninayaka with Intel Chairman Dr. Craig Barret

The highest ranking professional in global IT industry to visit Sri Lanka, Intel Chairman Dr. Craig Barrett arrived in the island 8 th December 05. His arrival marked growing investor confidence in Sri Lanka as a destination for technology adoption and ICT enabled development. Intel has been working in close partnership with Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and recently announced the launch of the “eSri Lanka PC”, a programme that seeks to improve PC penetration and usage in the country.

The purpose of Dr. Barrett’s visit is to meet with His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to signal Intel’s growing commitment to Sri Lanka. In a swift response to His Excellency’s request in October 2005, Intel is now embarking on a national teacher training programme, Teach to the Future in partnership with ICTA and the Ministry of Education. During this visit, Dr. Barrett congratulated His Excellency for setting up an apex body, the ICT Agency, to oversee ICT development of the country, an achievement even the US has not been able realize.

Intel’s Teach to the Future programme is a worldwide effort to help teachers to integrate technology into instruction, to develop students’ higher-order thinking skills, and enhance learning. The ultimate goal is 100,000 trained teachers. Intel will also undertake to set up regional training centres, to ensure localisation and translation of training content and create teacher networks to ensure teacher support and motivation following their training.

Dr Barrett addressed a gathering of over 750 members of the Sri Lankan ICT community at a grand event held in Colombo on the 9 th of December 05. During this multimedia presentation, he outlined Intel’s vision of working towards a digitally advantaged Sri Lanka. The artfully structured presentation was interspersed with video presentations and onstage interactions with Sri Lankans who have taken ICT to the next level in several fields. In the field of entrepreneurship, Harsha Purasinghe, CEO Microimage, presented his work with local language mobile applications. Rural ICT, and the real potential of, was demonstrated by Nandasiri Wanninayaka and his students of Horizon’s Lanka Foundation. Video presentations showed progress of the ICTA Nanasala project and highlighted the ultimate possibilities achievable through technology, as narrated through the Kandurupitiya Kudathammanava viduhala story. The highlight of the event was the live demonstration of WiMax technology through a video conferencing between Dr. Barrett and the Mayor of Galle.

The Government of Sri Lanka has shown a great commitment to using ICT as an enabler for development. Sri Lanka though its e-Sri Lanka project implemented by ICTA has sent a clear message to the world that the country is a serious player in the ICT arena. Dr. Barrett’s visit to Sri Lanka is a clear indication that the world is ready to take Sri Lanka seriously!