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Virtusa wins award for education software developed in Sri Lanka
13 Dec, 2012 17:01:57
Dec 13, 2012 (LBO) - Virtusa Corporation, a US listed IT firm with development facilities in Sri Lanka has won a top award for a school management software, which is now being used in 130 countries, the firm said.
Its Àkura School Management System (http://akuraschools.org) was recognized by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) ICT excellence awards. WITSA is a US based organization representing IT firms.

"Our goal in creating the Àkura School Management System was simple: to bring together school management, teachers, students and parents to enhance the quality of education," Kris Canekeratne, chairman of Virtusa said in a statement.

"As an organization, we are committed to sustainability and it is through efforts like this that we can collaboratively improve education, healthcare and the environment on a global level."

"We are thrilled to be one of five organizations honored by WITSA for our commitment to corporate social responsibility."

Originally developed for St. Joseph's College in Colombo the software is being used by schools and universities in 130 countries, the company said.

"The School Management System introduced by Virtusa is guaranteed to change the landscape of administration within schools around the country," Reverend Sylvester Ranasinghe, principal, St. Joseph's College, Sri Lanka said.

"It is easy to implement and adopt and will undoubtedly be a fantastic managerial tool to aid principals, teachers and parents in planning and prioritizing classes, lesson plans and more.

"Time spent on manual administration of daily activities can be cut down tremendously and all energy can be focused on improving the children’s education."

Since the software was made internationally available it has been download 6,000 times, the firm said.

The system has a free, open source, dynamic web-enabled application that schools can download and install.

The customizable software has robust security features to define access rights, the firms said.

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