On 12th February 2011, Sarvodaya Fusion hosted their second Fusion Education Award Ceremony -FEAC 2010, at Sarvodaya Vishva Samadhi Auditorium in Sarvodaya head quarters, Moratuwa. FEAC 2010 celebrated the hard work and success which took place in rural community based ICT education sector in Sri Lanka. On stage to congratulate the award winners and hand out the certificates were Mr. Bandula Gunawardana, honorable minister of Education, Dr. A.T. Ariyarathne, founder and the president of Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya, Mr. Madu Rathnayake, chairman Sarvodaya fusion (General Manager, Virtusa).
Honorable Bandula Gunawardena, the Minister for Education opened the ceremony and he noted that the ‘Fusion Education’ underscores the essential role of the public private partnership in preparing Sri Lanka for success in the global knowledge economy. He recognized that this role is especially important, given the challenge of providing sustainable ICT services to a majority of Sri Lankans living without reliable access to electricity and connectivity. He invited Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne and other Sarvodaya staff members to present their ideas to the parliament committee in developing ICT sector in Sri Lanka and in increasing ICT literacy in the rural community.
Other luminaries included Mr. Saman Algoda, Executive Director, Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangyamaya, Sarath De Silva, Consultant, ICTA, Mr. Welington Perera, Director, Microsoft Mr. Nilantha Bastian, Head of Marketing, Group Communications and Corporate Sustainability, HSBC, Ms.Dilini Fernando, Manager, Corporate Sustainability, HSBC, Mr. D.D. Prabath, In charge of Resource pool, University of Moratuwa, Dr. Sanath Jayasena- Dept. of computer science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Mr. Yasas Abeywickrama, CEO, Lanka BPO Academy, Mr. Gihan Fernando, Managing Director, Gamos, Creator of the Colombo ride mobile Game, Ms. W.A.W. Chandrani, Deputy Director – Standards & Accreditation, TVEC.
Around 700 students who have successfully completed six months diploma course in computer application over 17 districts from four batches were received their certificates at this ceremony. Further 40 (10 students from each batch) special prizes and certificates were awarded for the students who obtain best results from the DICA examination. Best examination coordinators were awarded to recognize and congratulate the dedication and commitment in teaching their students.
Indeed this award ceremony created a platform to bring key players together given their busy schedules, so this occasion was a great opportunity for invited participants to share information, experiences, on their programmes and activities and explore potential collaboration. The Fusion team encouraged the diploma holders to explore opportunities in the flourishing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector. Working in the BPO sector provides many benefits for rural graduates including high salaries, international experience, and professional development.