SLANSHEI and SLASSCOM engage in strategic partnership to boost IT/BPM industry capacity

Seated from left: Prof. Capt. Nalaka Jayakody, Channa Manoharan Standing from left: Chrishan de Mel, Prof. S.J.B.A. Jayasekara, Didula Perera, Dr. Nihal De Silva, Major General (Retd.) Milinda Peiris, Aamina Faleel, Prof. Colin Peiris, Haridhu Abeygoonaratne

The Sri Lankan Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) announces the signing of a strategic partnership with the Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher Education Institutes (SLANSHEI), the umbrella organisation formed through the initiation of seven leading private educational bodies addressing the needs of the non-state higher education sector in the country.

The signing ceremony took place recently by SLASSCOM Vice-Chairman Channa Manoharan and SLANSHEI President/CINEC Vice President Prof. Capt. Nalaka Jayakody. The event was witnessed by representatives from SLANSHEI including Prof. Colin N. Peiris, Secretary – SLANSHEI/ Director, Academic Development and QA SLIIT, Prof. S.J.B.A. Jayasekara, Vice-Chancellor – Horizon Campus, Major General (Retd.) Milinda Peiris, Treasurer – SLANSHEI and CEO – Saegis Campus, Dr. Nihal De Silva, Dean/Co-Founder of IIHS, and Aamina Faleel, Executive – SLANSHEI/ Academic Coordinator, SLIIT. SLASSCOM was represented by Haridhu Abeygoonaratne – Board Member and Head of Regional Development, Chrishan de Mel, Executive Director and Didula Perera – Associate Manager.

Speaking at the event, Channa Manoharan commented, “Higher education providers are one of SLASSCOM’s primary stakeholders and we are pleased to have this agreement in place following many discussions. We want to work in collaboration with the educational bodies that offer IT qualifications and provide feedback on the syllabus and curriculum. This will enable them to provide IT graduates with the desired set of skills and competencies required by the industry. We hope that this will benefit the entire IT industry in the future in addressing both capacity and skills. This is timely in the context where we need to have 15,000 graduates entering the industry to meet our annual demand, and reach the industry goal of $ 5 billion by 2022.”

Prof. Capt. Nalaka Jayakody stated, “It is with much hope and expectation that we enter into this landmark partnership with SLASSCOM, with the aim of creating synergy between education, employment and employability and thereby help the students of our institutions to have access to gainful employment opportunities. The partnership will also offer a platform to the graduates to become employable by undergoing apprenticeships and acquiring practical skills of doing a job which will also address the need of the industry to have skilled people. By combining our strengths and by deepening our collaboration, we are looking forward to develop a strong, long-lasting relationship with SLASSCOM.”

SLANSHEI established with the overall mission of working for the betterment of higher education in Sri Lanka and providing wide ranging, relevant and quality education opportunities to a broader cross section of the Sri Lankan society, is the only association in the country, solely focused on representing private (non-state) higher education sector to the Higher Education Ministry. Together with its 11 members, SLANSHEI is working towards to promote Sri Lanka’s academic programmes in overseas markets with a view to branding Sri Lanka as a destination for quality higher education and thereby building Sri Lanka’s image as a knowledge hub.

SLASSCOM acts as the catalyst of growth of the Sri Lankan Knowledge and Innovation industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework for the knowledge solutions industry. Furthermore, SLASSCOM continuously engages with its future workforce via its outreach activities in schools and universities across Sri Lanka. In July 2018, SLASSCOM hosted the Galle IT/BPM Week where over 2,500 students were given exposure to the opportunities within the ICT industry.

Sri Lanka’s IT/BPM industry is recognised as a thrust industry within the National Export Strategy (NES) as is promoted globally as the ‘Island of Ingenuity’ for world-class knowledge solutions. The industry goal is to reach $ 5 billion by 2022, powered by 200,000 skilled jobs in the industry, along with a thriving ecosystem for startup companies.

 

New Ex-Co Appointed at SLANSHEI to Strategize Direction for Higher Education in Sri Lanka

Seated Left to Right: Dr. Susantha Dissanayake, (Non Ex-Co Member, Aquinas), Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe (Ex-Co Member, IIHS), Prof. Lalith Gamage (Immediate Past President, SLIIT), Mr. Upul Daranagama (Vice President, Horizon Campus), Prof. Nalaka Jayakody (President, CINEC), Prof. Colin N. Peiris (Hon. Secretary, SLIIT), Major Gen. Milinda Peiris (Treasurer, Saegis Campus), Dr. Athula Pitigala-Arachchi (Ex-Co Member, APIIT), Mr. Prashanth Chanmugam (Ex-Co Member, Gateway Graduate School)

Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher Education Institutes (SLANSHEI) is an umbrella organization formed in the year 2016 through the initiation of seven leading private institutes working for a common set of goals aimed at addressing the needs of the non-state higher education sector in the country. The seven founding members comprised of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC), Horizon Campus (HC), Asian Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), Aquinas and South Asian Institute of Technology and Management (SAITM). Apart from these institutes, Saegis, KIU, Gateway Graduate School and International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) have currently gained its full membership whilst Sanasa Campus acts as an Associate Member.

Since its very inception, the organization was headed by the founder President Prof. Lalith Gamage, CEO/Vice-Chancellor of SLIIT with much vision and dedication to improve the non-state higher education system in Sri Lanka.

The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the SLANSHEI was held on 08th March 2019 at Elevate Banquet Hall of Access Tower and concluded successfully subsequent to the appointment of the new office bearers for the year of 2019/2020.

This new SLANSHEI council of management includes the following members:

Name Designation Institution
Prof. (Capt.) Nalaka Jayakody President CINEC Campus
Prof. Lalith Gamage Immediate Past President SLIIT
Mr. Upul Daranagama Vice-President Horizon Campus
Prof. Colin N. Peiris Hon. Secretary SLIIT
Major Gen. (Retd.) Milinda Peiris Hon. Treasurer Saegis Campus
Dr. Athula Pitigala-Arachchi Elected Councillor APIIT
Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe Elected Councillor IIHS
Mr. Prashanth Chanmugam Elected Councillor Gateway Graduate School
Mr. Harsha Ariyawansa Elected Councilor KIU

The President, Prof. Nalaka Jayakody announced that the Association intends to increase the membership as it would create a stronger hold for the Association to form alliances and agreements with related parties to improve the higher education sector and create more opportunities of the member institutions.

He thanked all the members for the immense support extended during his tenure last year and for re-electing him as the President. He especially thanked Prof. Colin N. Peiris for his contribution towards getting many tasks accomplished.

SLANSHEI APPOINTS NEW OFFICE BEARERS

Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher Education Institutes (SLANSHEI) is an umbrella organization formed in the year 2016 through the initiation of seven leading private institutes working for a common set of goals aimed at addressing the needs of the non-state higher education sector in the country. The seven founding members comprised of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC), Horizon Campus (HC), Asian Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), Aquinas and South Asian Institute of Technology and Management (SAITM). Apart from these institutes, Saegis, KIU and Gateway Graduate School have currently gained its full membership.

Since its very inception, the organization was headed by the founder President Prof. Lalith Gamage, CEO/Vice-Chancellor of SLIIT with much vision and dedication to improve the non-state higher education system in Sri Lanka. The 2nd Annual General Meeting of the SLANSHEI was held recently and concluded successfully subsequent to the appointment of the new office bearers for the year of 2018/2019.]

During the AGM, the newly elected President of SLANSHEI Prof. Jayakody of CINEC expressed to continue the good work by the predecessor and continue to engage with the government to achive the vision of developing Sri Lanka to be the knowledge hub in South Asia. He further mentioned that SLANSHEI will strive to take the Non-State Higher Education sector of Sri Lanka to greater heights by ensuring high quality education that create employable graduates for various sectors locally and internationally.

The New SLANSHEI Council of Management (Left to Right): Dr. Ruwan Perera (Councilor), Prof. Lakshman Ratnayake (Councilor), Prof. K. A. S. Dhammika (Hony. Treasurer), Mr. Upul Daranagama (Vice President 1), Prof. (Capt.) Nalaka Jayakody (President), Prof. Colin N. Peiris (Hony. Secretary), Rev. Fr. Malcom Candappa (Vice President 2), Dr. Athula Pitigala-Arachchi (Councilor) and Mr. Prashanth Chanmugam (Councilor).

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Annual General Meeting of the SLANSHEI 2018

The 2nd Annual General Meeting of the SLANSHEI was held on 23rd March 2018 and concluded successfully subsequent to the appointment of the new office bearers for the period of 2018/2019.

The new SLANSHEI council of management includes the following members

    • President – Prof. (Capt.) Nalaka Jayakody
    • Vice President 1 – Mr. Upul Daranagama
    • Vice President 2 – Rev. Fr. Malcom Candappa
    • Honourary Secretary – Prof. Colin N. Peiris
    • Honourary Treasurer – Prof. K. A. S. Dhammika
    • Elected Councilors- Prof. Lakshman Rathnayake, Dr. Athula Pitigala Arachchi, Dr. Ruwan Perera, Mr. Prashanth Chanmugam

SLANSHEI Cricket Tournament

SLANSHEI (Sri Lanka Association of Higher Education Institutes) 11-a-side cricket challenge was held on Saturday 9th April 2016 at Horizon Cricket Grounds, Malabe.

Teams from SLIIT, Horizon, CINEC, SAITM, APIIT & Aquinas were participated.

 

  • Champions – Horizon
  • Runners up – CINEC
  • Man of the series- Supeshala – Horizon
  • Best Batsman – Chamara Kodithuwakku – CINEC
  • Best Bowler- Charith Suranga Horizon

 

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Inauguration of SLANSHEI

SLANSHEI is incorporated as an Association/Company Limited by Guarantee under the Companies Act, No. 07 of 2007 and the registered number is GA 31. The Association was formed on 21st December 2015 and the inauguration of the Association was held on 11th February 2016.