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Sri Lanka undergraduates seek closer ties with private sector
06 May, 2010 12:43:00
May 06, 2010 (LBO) - Students of the science faculty of Sri Lanka's Colombo University and the Rotaract Club have teamed up to bring students closer to the island's corporate sector.
The organizers say a series of events under the theme of 'Future Challenge', culminating with a 'career day' on May 14 will give an opportunity for students and companies to interact with each other.

"This final event comprises of Interview Sessions, where the corporate sector gets the opportunity to interview a diverse group of perhaps Sri Lanka’s finest Science undergraduates," the Rotaract Club of the Science Faculty said in a statement.

"An essential mix of workshop-forums, presentations and expert discussions will be held prior to the event to better prepare the undergraduates participating at this event."

The organizers say they hope to "increase the interaction between the University and the corporate sector, thus allowing undergraduates to better understand what is required from them by the sector,"

It will also help prepare undergraduates for the corporate sector working environment.

"Companies will have the opportunity to interact with some of the finest undergraduates from Sri Lanka and recruit candidates fulfilling respective company requirements from a choice of more than 500 undergraduates.

"Even if your company is currently not in a position to recruit employees, the outcome of the interviews will be a valuable asset for the undergraduate."

The organizers say cubicles with lighting and fans and refreshment will be provided for company representative to interview undergraduates. Waiting rooms will have projectors which can display corporate videos.

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2. Rod May 06
I think this is the right approach. THe private sector should be encouraged to employ certain number of graduates every year and inturn the state should reward the companies for doing so.

Everyone should understand the state is not the only employer and most of the jobs are in the private sector.Graduates should be very clearly told not to expect state jobs once they complete their FREE education at a huge cost to the state and the tax payers.

Sri Lanka may be the only country in the world that provides free education all the way to a degree.

1. V K Arul Swamineththikumaran May 06
Few attitudinal and behavioral issues with our local graduates, not common to all but probably true for vast majority.
1) They enter university after facing a highly competitive exam and thus tend to be arrogant
2) There is false belief that Sri Lankan universities offer world class education and they know better
3) lack of social and communication skills (in any language),
4) Limited enthusiasm to invest on acquiring necessary skills
5) Arts graduates are conditioned by socialist and nationalistic rhetoric making them almost anti-capitalists

Early introduction to private sector would help them to appreciate what attitudinal, behavioral and competency changes they require.