Banking Ed

Oct 12 2006 (LBO) – The Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) will award more than 600 student members certificates at the eleventh convocation with students flocking to qualify as bankers, officials say. The only institute that is empowered by an Act of parliament to provide banking training in Sri Lanka has over 9,000 active members with the student intake reaching 4,000 this year.

“We conduct classes and seminars all over the island through 25 centers affiliated to IBSL,” Gamini Sarath Director General IBSL said.

The Institute’s Banking & Finance courses are accredited by the Institute of Financial Services (IFS) which is the holding company of the Charted Institute of Bankers, London.

IBSL says the Charted Institute moderates syllabi, exam papers as well as train examiners and lecturers.

“¦the Exam papers are also marked by the Charted Institute and for the first time in Sri Lanka, students learning in Tamil and Sinhala can get professional qualifications by an Internationally Accredited Institute,” Senior Deputy Governor Central Bank Sri Lanka W A Wijewardena said.

The Institute conducts Certificate in Banking & Finance (CBF) which is equivalent to the first year universi