Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), the pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka and the country’s premier IT and Business campus, won multiple awards including the first-ever BCS Chairman’s Award at the recently-concluded National ICT Awards (NBQSA) 2020 held at the BMICH, continuing its winning trend in this prestigious annual award ceremony.
Gold Award – TrustCredit
Silver Award – Style Guide
Merit Award – TransAssist
Merit Award – Chain Of Ownership
Silver Award – Smart Shoe
Bronze Award – DAugmentor
Merit Award – CARDIARYTHM
Nominees for APICTA
The BCS Chairman’s Award was presented to IIT in recognition of having the highest number of award-winning students at the event as seven IIT students bagged awards for their outstanding IT and Business innovations. In the “IT” Category Stelan Bryan won Silver for Smart Shoe, Dilum De Silva won Bronze for DAugmentor while Nisal Sudil took home a Merit award for CadiaRhythm. In the “Business” Category, Irfan Ismath bagged the Gold award for Trustcredit with Kavishma Jayasinghe winning the Silver for Style Guide while Gayalie Jayawardhane and Hannah Natasha took home Merit Awards for their innovations TransAssist and Chain of Ownership respectively. IIT students have been winning awards at National ICT Awards for several years and a number of those winning innovations have gone on to receive international acclaim while also becoming successful business ventures.
Commenting on the award wins, Founder & Chairman of Informatics Group Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe stated, “We are proud to be the recipient of the first-ever BCS Chairman’s Award at the National ICT Awards (NBQSA) thanks to the remarkable achievements of our highly-talented IIT students. As a pioneering educational institute IIT has been able to revolutionize not only the higher education sector of Sri Lanka, but also the ICT industry as a whole. The rapid growth of IIT and its large alumni base is a clear indication of the institute being the most preferred choice of those who seek world-class quality educational qualifications right here in Sri Lanka.”
CEO of IIT Mohan Fernando commented, “Our students have always been a cut above the rest and this has been proven by the rich haul of awards they have been consistently winning at the National ICT Awards (NBQSA) over the years. Many of these students have taken their products to the next level by participating and winning at other local and international competitions thereby making all of us extremely proud. Some of them have also launched their products as successful business ventures by acquiring investors while others are on the road to do so.”
Dean of IIT Naomi Krishnarajah stated, “At IIT, we strive to transform the way our students learn to make them the most employable graduates and truly global citizens. The academic programmes and co-curricular activities facilitate not just making a student literate but also adds rationale thinking, knowledgeably and self-sufficiency. Creativity and innovation are also fostered through the diverse learning methods and experiences provided. The academic panel has been instrumental in inspiring and guiding students in achieving their full potential. While congratulating our students, we wish them success in their careers.”
The National ICT Awards (NBQSA) provides recognition to outstanding ICT products of individuals and organisations in Sri Lanka. It presents local ICT products with the opportunity to gain recognition on the international stage, improves the overall quality of local ICT products and services in line with global standards and identifies and encourages young talent by providing them with a platform to showcase their talents in ICT. The British Computer Society (BCS) Sri Lanka section has organised NBQSA since 1998 and nominates the national participants for the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA).
IIT was established in 1990 as the first private higher education institute that awards reputed British degrees in the field of ICT and Business. IIT is an award-winning campus offering internal postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Westminster, UK and the Robert Gordon University, UK. IIT has played a pivotal role in strengthening the IT and Business sectors in Sri Lanka over the years by producing world-class graduates. Since its inception in 1990, IIT has produced over 5,000 graduates who are now based in many countries around the globe. These graduates have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and IT/Business professionals in both local and international corporate and government entities. They have played a pivotal role in empowering over 250 multinational and local blue-chip companies by holding key strategic positions while contributing immensely towards the growth of their respective organizations.