HUGE OPPORTUNIT­Y FOR SKILLED SUR­VEY­ORS TO OB­TAIN AN ACA­DEMIC QUAL­I­FI­CA­TION

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - DME - BY NILANTHI WICKRAMASI­NGHE

Sur­vey­ors, vir­tu­ally across ev­ery coun­try, of­fer highly ex­cep­tional ser­vice in the re­spec­tive arena through a wide range of di­ver­si­fied ser­vices. This highly pro­fes­sional ser­vice is the fore-run­ner in the con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try and the Engi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion. Sri-lanka too makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to­wards its de­vel­op­ment, thus lead­ing its way to­wards highly de­vel­oped stan­dards.

And it is in this re­gard The In­sti­tute of Busi­ness, Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy Pri­vate Lim­ited (TI­BET Cam­pus) lo­cated in Wekada/ Panadura, is set to aim to­wards pro­vid­ing solutions in the re­quired arena op­er­at­ing as a gov­ern­ment approved Higher Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute in the pri­vate sec­tor thus serv­ing the needs of pro­fes­sion­als in the re­spec­tive fields.

The CEO of TI­BET Cam­pus Mr. Upul Jaya­suriya joined with us to dis­cuss rel­a­tive aspects per­tain­ing to their Higher Na­tional Diploma the BTEC HND ‘Con­struc­tion and the Built En­vi­ron­ment in Sur­vey­ing’ which is to com­mence dur­ing June.

CAN YOU ENLIGHTEN US ON THE MAIN REA­SONS BE­HIND IN­TRO­DUC­ING THE RE­SPEC­TIVE PRO­GRAMME …

The main rea­sons to­wards es­tab­lish­ing of the re­spec­tive HND is to com­pen­sate to­wards the short­fall, the in­ad­e­quacy of Sur­vey­ors com­par­a­tively to the great de­mand that ex­ists in the Engi­neer­ing and Con­struc­tion field in Sri Lanka as well as lay­ing a plat­form for our skilled sur­vey­ors to ob­tain an aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tion to match their ex­pe­ri­ence thus en­hanc­ing their ca­reer prospects.

The BTEC HND qual­i­fi­ca­tion is of­fered through Pear­son, a glob­ally renowned and widely ac­cepted qual­i­fi­ca­tion award­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion in the UK, and we have taken spe­cial care to en­sure that all mod­ules will be de­liv­ered to meet local in­dus­try re­quire­ments and stan­dards of the Engi­neer­ing field.

HOW CAN ONE BE QUAL­I­FIED FOR THE COURSE, WHAT QUAL­I­FI­CA­TIONS DOES ONE NEED IN TERMS OF PUR­SU­ING THE RE­SPEC­TIVE PRO­GRAMME…

Ap­pli­cants should pos­sess three or­di­nary passes in the A/level Maths stream or min­i­mum three years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a Sur­veyor in the Engi­neer­ing field. Those who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the Ad­vanced Level Ex­am­i­na­tions in other streams as well as the stu­dents who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted their Or­di­nary Level Ex­am­i­na­tion will be el­i­gi­ble in pur­su­ing the stip­u­lated course af­ter com­ple­tion of the Foun­da­tion Level which is also be­ing in­tro­duced.

I be­lieve that this can be the start point to­wards a suc­cess­ful jour­ney in ca­reer pro­gres­sion un­til ob­tain­ing a Post Grad­u­ate De­gree. I would like to add that we will be hold­ing an In­for­ma­tion Sem­i­nar at our In­sti­tute on 26th May 2019 to in­tro­duce the course and clar­ify any queries that learn­ers may have, and it is with great plea­sure we in­vite Sur­vey­ors from around the coun­try who re­quire a suit­able aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tion and also those who wish to be­come pro­fes­sional Sur­vey­ors to at­tend.

At this point we call upon Se­nior Lec­turer Mr. Chaminda Push­paku­mara to fur­ther enlighten us on the aspects of the scarcity of Sur­vey­ing Prac­ti­tion­ers in the Con­struc­tion field in Sri Lanka.

CAN YOU TELL US AS TO WHETHER THERE IS A SCARCITY, A SHORT­AGE OF SUR­VEY­ORS WHO ARE SPE­CIAL­IZED IN RE­LATED ASPECTS OF ENGI­NEER­ING IN THE CON­STRUC­TION FIELD IN SRILANKA TO­DAY….

Yes, I be­lieve that there is a short­fall of Sur­vey­ors in the Engi­neer­ing and Con­struc­tion in Sri Lanka. The num­ber of Sur­vey­ors be­ing pro­duced in Sri-lanka are very lim­ited com­par­a­tively to the num­ber of Engi­neers and other con­struc­tion pro­fes­sion­als who pass out from the Sri-lankan Uni­ver­si­ties. The sit­u­a­tion is fur­ther ag­gra­vated by qual­i­fied sur­vey­ors mi­grat­ing or find­ing over­seas em­ploy­ment. The ab­sence of ad­e­quate pri­vate in­sti­tutes to produce Sur­vey­ors re­quired for the mar­ket are the main rea­sons for the gap be­tween the de­mand and sup­ply of sur­vey­ors.

The Sur­vey­ing In­dus­try is a spe­cial­ized pro­fes­sion di­vided into spec­i­fied ar­eas of Con­struc­tion, Engi­neer­ing, Min­ing, Hy­drol­ogy, Ge­om­e­try Sur­vey­ing and Prepa­ra­tion of Maps. Hence in or­der to deal with all of these unique ar­eas one must pos­sess re­quired knowl­edge in these sec­tors.

DUE TO THESE REA­SONS WHAT ARE THE IS­SUES THE CON­STRUC­TION FIELD IS CUR­RENTLY BE­ING FACED WITH…

It is a fact that all in­dus­tries have reached a cer­tain level of de­vel­op­ment in this mod­ern day with newer in­no­va­tions and technologi­es and so is the Con­struc­tion in­dus­try. The in­dus­try should move for­ward, trans­form­ing from the old to the lat­est technologi­es and knowl­edge lev­els and for this pur­pose the In­dus­try will re­quire hu­man re­sources with ad­e­quate knowl­edge and train­ing.

And I must say in the case of Con­struc­tion re­lated projects, a Sur­veyor must pos­sess Mod­ern Engi­neer­ing Knowl­edge. A well­rounded ed­u­ca­tion to­gether with ex­pe­ri­ence in the re­spec­tive field.

EN­LIGHT­EN­ING ON THE AS­PECT OF THE CUR­RENT DE­MAND FOR SUR­VEY­ORS….

This is a pro­fes­sion which is highly in de­mand both here and over­seas also it is very re­spected and rec­og­nized pro­fes­sion with high re­mu­ner­a­tion. For ex­am­ple for those who em­bark on a ca­reer as a Sur­veyor hav­ing com­pleted a spec­i­fied course in the rel­a­tive field may re­ceive a re­mu­ner­a­tion in the re­gion of Ru­pees 1,25000/- and for over­seas ap­point­ments may even re­ceive up to Ru­pees 15,00000/-based on in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence.

CAN YOU BRIEF US AS TO WHAT RE­ME­DIAL AC­TION CAN BE TAKEN IN OR­DER TO OVER­COME THE PRE­VAIL­ING IS­SUES IN THE IN­DUS­TRY….

The cur­rent num­ber of Sur­veyor grad­u­ates be­ing pro­duced by the gov­ern­ment uni­ver­si­ties should be in­creased and should also in­duce the pri­vate sec­tor to con­trib­ute by ini­ti­at­ing suit­able aca­demic pro­grammes in line with our na­tional needs. Fur­ther­more, should ini­ti­ate the or­ga­niz­ing of work­shops in or­der to de­velop and up­date the knowl­edge of the Sur­vey­ors who are al­ready in the field.

The CEO of TI­BET Cam­pus Mr. Upul Jaya­suriya joined with us to dis­cuss rel­a­tive aspects per­tain­ing to their Higher Na­tional Diploma the BTEC HND ‘Con­struc­tion and the Built En­vi­ron­ment in Sur­vey­ing’ which is to com­mence dur­ing June.

Dr. Chaminda

Mr. Jaya­suriya

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