IDM awards scholarships to over 700 less fortunate women
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.