Thursday, 4th July 2013, Colombo: The National Mobile Service Provider, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel announced a partnership with the Ministry of Education in supporting the Mahindodaya Scholarship Programme.
Keep in line with His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s vision to bridge the digital divide in the country, Mobitel as one of the leading communication service providers in the industry has always stood at the forefront of introducing cutting-edge technology to support this cause. The most recent introduction of the Vidunena eLearning curriculum where students and teachers can gain access to interactive educational video content is one of the most advanced programmes introduced to support the education system in Sri Lanka. The iCard project introduced recently is also one that works on the latest NFC technology and not only provides security to students, but also aids in a cashless payment methodology as well as towards efficient and productive administration of schools. In addition, the long term partnerships that have been maintained with the University of Colombo and the Univeristy of Kelaniya to spearhead projects such as internships, research laboratories, project management curriculums and the introduction of the Master of Business course via m-Learning further re-enforces Mobitel’s commitment towards uplifting the education sector in Sri Lanka through the use of ICT.
Commenting on the partnership, Hon. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education said, “The Mahindodaya Scholarship Fund is a concept of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to extend the highest quality in educational opportunities to rural and urban school children alike. We, at the Ministry of Education are pleased to partner with Mobitel to support this national endeavour. Mobitel being the National Mobile Service Provider has time and again proved its commitment towards the development of the country. This new alliance we have formed is yet another effort taken by them, and I applaud Mobitel for continuing to take such an active role in assisting the education sector of the country. The Mahindodaya Scholarship Fund which was launched recently was mooted on behalf of the education of children. Mobitel’s involvement towards this fund is certainly a welcome move and we look forward to more rich partnerships with them.
Explaining Mobitel’s commitment towards developing an education-rich Sri Lanka Mr. Kapila Chandrasena, CEO, Mobitel said, “As the National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel continues to implement new initiatives in a bid to uplift the country’s ICT sector. We have worked closely with the Ministry of Education on several projects in the past and are happy to have joined in the Mahindodaya Scholarship Fund under the guidance of Hon. Minister of Education - Bandula Gunawardena. I must extend my gratitude towards Minister Gunawardena and his team for the support extended to us in realising this project.”