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PM calls on private sector to help Govt narrow digital divide

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“Digital knowledge hub can find solutions to major economic, agricultural and scientific issues”
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and BMS President Dr. W.A. Wijewardena speak to a student at the opening of the Digital Hub at BMS.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and BMS President Dr. W.A. Wijewardena speak to a student at the opening of the Digital Hub at BMS.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said in today’s digital world, a digital hub is an essential resource base for students to have access to modern knowledge.

Opening the new Digital Hub at the BMS, a premier university on business management, he said the move by BMS to set up its Digital Hub to connect all those involved in learning to a common net is timely and in line with Government policy.

“Like the income divide between the rich and the poor countries, there is a digital divide also between them. This need not be the case. The Government has taken effective action to eliminate this divide by improving the digital literacy of fellow Sri Lankans. It is a difficult path but not an impossible one. The Government expects private sector entities to join hands with it in this enterprise,” he said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that digital systems could be used to create ideas and information and to define, design and implement digital solutions, and evaluate these solutions and the existing information system against specific criteria. “Fundamentally a digital hub creates a space for academics and students to develop technical skills, literacy skills, and ways of thinking that we understand to be essential to their long-term effectiveness as professionals.”

Stressing the importance of time resource of students, the Prime Minister pointed out that there are no undue delays in declaration of results of school and university examinations in most of the countries. He said the Government is legally bound to declare results of GCE and university examinations without any delay to prevent wasting valuable time of the students.

Premier Gunawardena, praising the private sector universities and institutions that utilize their resources from morning to late night holding several teaching sessions for different batches of students, lamented that the government sector school resources are locked up from 2.00 pm to 8.00 am on the following morning, totally unutilized.

“Today, BMS, with its excellent track record, has evolved into a degree-awarding institution approved by the government. I expect BMS to offer its own degrees in management, law, nursing, and biomedical and biotechnology fields soon,” he said.

BMS President Dr. W.A. Wijewardena said it was on a request made by the Prime Minister that BMS has opened a digital hub to provide high-tech learning facilities for students.

Students in Sri Lanka as well as in neighbouring countries can secure access to education for university degrees with the partnership which BMS has formed with Northumbria University, UK and several other top universities abroad.

Former BMS President Dr. Jayatissa de Costa, PC, BMS Board Members Dr. Gamini Samaranayake and Dr. Sriyani Peiris, faculty and students were present.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – 01:00

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