IDM awards schol­ar­ships to over 700 less for­tu­nate women

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IDM re­cently signed an MOU with World Uni­ver­sity Ser­vices of Canada to con­duct Eplus ex­ams for women who are ex­pect­ing to re­ceive a qual­i­fied cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to move up­front in their ca­reer.

As per the MOU, over 700 women in Sri Lanka will re­ceive this schol­ar­ship to qual­ify them­selves in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines in ICT. Thus if one feels that she posses knowl­edge in ICT or maybe that she has al­ready ob­tained a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in ICT but yet not rec­og­nized/ valid, this ar­range­ment will help them to qual­ify via RPL (Recog­ni­tion of Prior Learn­ing) method ob­tain­ing an Eplus cer­ti­fi­ca­tion which will be jointly cer­ti­fied by the VTA of Min­istry of Skills De­vel­op­ment & Vo­ca­tional Train­ing of Sri Lanka and IDM Na­tions Cam­pus. Thus this E Plus cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is ac­cred­ited by the Ed­hat In­ter­na­tional UK ex­am­i­na­tion. There­fore the stu­dents who re­ceive E Plus cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will ul­ti­mately qual­ify to re­ceive their recog­ni­tion in the In­ter­na­tional arena. The can­di­dates who fall un­der the ear­lier men­tioned cat­e­gory may con­tact IDM via Eplus ex­ams hot­line num­ber to en­roll with work­shops, which will be con­ducted through­out the is­land. The suc­cess­ful can­di­dates who have par­tic­i­pated in the work­shop will ob­tain a schol­ar­ship to do the Eplus ex­am­i­na­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 0117124124

Cab­i­net Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Sa­jith Pre­madasa to­gether with State Min­is­ter of Na­tional Poli­cies and Eco­nomic Af­fairs Dr. Har­sha De Silva met sev­eral of the coun­try’s key busi­ness lead­ers of the Cham­ber of Young Lankan En­trepreneurs (COYLE) at the Hil­ton Colombo re­cently.

Both par­ties dis­cussed ma­jor ori­en­ta­tions to enhance po­lit­i­cal trust and im­ple­ment prac­ti­cal mea­sures to boost co­op­er­a­tion in in­vest­ment, trade and ease of do­ing busi­ness. They were wel­comed by the Chair­man of COYLE Dinuk Het­tiarachchi and Se­nior Vice Chair­man Aminda Ro­drigo.

The Min­is­ter in his speech shared his thoughts on the cur­rent sta­tus of the so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic con­di­tions pre­vail­ing in the coun­try. Whilst con­grat­u­lat­ing the COYLE busi­ness­men on their in­di­vid­ual suc­cess sto­ries; based on sound judg­ment and strat­egy in im­ple­ment­ing prof­itable ven­tures, he stated that if gov­ern­ment lead­ers car­ried out such ef­fec­tive de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses and im­ple­men­ta­tion, it would be suc­cess­ful to the coun­try and its peo­ple. To em­pha­size his state­ment, he quoted ex­am­ples of lead­ers such as Lee Kuan Yew, Ma­hathir Mo­hamed and Bill Clin­ton who guided their coun­tries to eco­nomic suc­cess and im­proved lives for its peo­ple.

He also cited the late Pres­i­dent R. Pre­madasa’s ef­fec­tive peo­ples-up­lift­ment pro­grammes such as the ‘Gam Udawa’ and ‘Janasaviya’, which boasted of a hands-on ap­proach, strict mon­i­tor­ing process and im­ple­men­ta­tion for so­cio-eco­nomic suc­cess. Build­ing on this foun­da­tion he re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to the build­ing of 2500 model vil­lages, which was well un­der way un­der a strate­gized and reg­u­larly mon­i­tored sys­tem to achieve this goal.

COYLE mem­bers raised con­cerns on sev­eral is­sues, fo­cus­ing on the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. They were based on the in­flux of sev­eral Chi­nese, In­dian and Korean com­pa­nies which have al­ready in­fil­trated the in­dus­try. In ad­di­tion, the dearth of man­power was brought up which is ad­versely af­fect­ing lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pa­nies.

The min­is­ter in his re­sponse, agreed that pro­tec­tive mea­sures should be put in place to pro­tect lo­cal en­trepreneurs from this threat, but also said that on a macro level, the huge loan re­pay­ments to coun­tries such as China has been chiefly in­stru­men­tal to the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion. He added that it was a na­tional dis­grace to im­port man­power to work in lo­cal in­dus­tries.

Dr. Har­sha De Silva ex­plained some changes be­ing done to the PAYE tax struc­tures.

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