Gainful Studies

April 10, 2008 (LBO) – The open and distance education model adopted by Sri Lanka’s IT services company, Virtusa, will help students gain employable skills while conducting higher studies, company officials say. The Virtusa Placement Engineer Scholarship program supports students’ work-study approach to obtain a degree in Information Technology.

The program provides eligible students with financial support for IT studies, learning support such as access to Virtusa libraries and access to the company’s computer system for studying.

Students also get to interact with the company’s employees to gain on-the-job training, experience and learning assistance, says Madu Ratnayake, general manager Virtusa Sri Lanka.

“Students will now graduate with experience (through the program),” Rathnayake told reporters Wednesday.

The first batch of 23 students study part time in Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, the Open University, University of Colombo School of Computing, National Institute of Information Technology and IDM Computer Studies Limited.

Ratnayake says the program will help expand the formal education system and make it accessible and cost effective for a bigger group of people.