Tech Tour

Dec 01, 2010 (LBO) – Computer students from Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna University an area that was caught up in a three decade war has visited software and outsourcing firms in the island’s capital, for the first time in 20 years. Two lecturers had also accompanied the students. One lecturer had said that it was the first industry visit in two decades.

Twenty four computer science undergraduates had toured IFS, Virtusa, MIT, eCollege, Cinergix Research and Sabre Technologies in Colombo, the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) said.

The association says Sri Lanka’s information technology and outsourcing firms is earning 275 million US dollars and generating high paying jobs.

The students have been guided in interview and curriculum vitae preparation and career selection.

“We are delighted to have been able to start the process of working with students from the north,” director general of SLASSCOM Madu Ratnayake said in a statement.

“This visit has given us as academics a chance to meet eminent people from the IT industry and to know the philosophies to be a leading and successful establishment.

“Each company has given a different perspective of the IT industry which gav