It’s been around for nearly three decades, working silently in the background to promote and uplift Information and Communication Technology in Sri Lanka. The Computer Society of Sri Lanka or CSSL, established in 1976 recently held its Annual General Meeting for the 2014 Executive Council, electing Sampath Bank Head of IT, Ajith Salgado as its President.
The CSSL 2014 strategy will comprise six primary components:
a) to develop a CSSL brand
b) strengthen CSSL membership
c) to increase CSSL media presence
d) boost CSSL certifications and accreditations
e) enhance international collaboration
f) to developing the next generation
The Society’s new President Ajith Salgado is a veteran in the Information and Communication Technology industry. With over fifteen years of experience Salgado is the Head of IT at Sampath Bank and a Member of the Board of Governors Arthur of C Clark Centre for Modern Technologies. He read for his BSc Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Moratuwa and holds an MBA from the University of Colombo.
Along with the CSSL, Salgado intends to ascertain the Society’s standing as a leading and relevant professional body in the industry. They are determined to nurture this philosophy by strengthening the membership and its increasing involvement in awarding certifications and accreditations that would demonstrate the capability of the organisation and the role of the local ICT industry.
Interestingly, the CSSL 2014 strategy is in line with the country’s ICT objectives namely the creation of the knowledge hub, 75% ICT literacy and $ 1 billion ICT exports by 2015.
The Executive Council also consists of Vice President – Dr. Dayan Rajapakse, Secretary – Yasas V. Abeywickrama, Treasurer – Luxman Perera, Assistant Secretary – Dr. Malitha Wijesundara, Assistant Treasurer – Prabath S Wickremaratne, Student Counsellor – Dr. Ajantha Athukorale, Publication Secretary – Udana Wickremasinghe, Council Members: Mahesh Perera, Chrisantha Silva, Damith Hettihewa and Sapumal Jayatissa.