At an award ceremony held at Temple Trees recently, Singer Sri Lanka PLC extended their support to the the top ten students who excelled in the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examinations held in in 2014. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, together with dignitaries from the Ministry of Education, Asoka Pieris (CEO Singer Sri Lanka) and Mahesh Wijewardene (Director – Marketing and Commercial, Singer Sri Lanka) represented their respective organizations as the 10 students were awarded Singer Notebooks.
“As a respectable corporate citizen we have pledged to uplift the standard of education,” said Asoka Pieris. “We consider it our obligation to support the education of our country while empowering the future generation with the latest innovation available in technology.”
As for the devices themselves, the Singer Notebook is al Ultrabook-spec device with an Intel Core i5 processor and a 14” capacitive, HD touch screen. The specsheet is available here. By all accounts, that’s a pretty powerful device for the price.
Apparently, the project was part of Singer Sri Lanka’s Schools Development Project, a CSR initiative launched to mark Singer’s 160th anniversary in 2010. Since then, Singer has set aside more than LKR 10 million annually towards educational enrichment in Sri Lanka.
Of course, for the winners: according to The Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka, from a total of 577,220 applicants who sat for the O/L examinations, the winners were Tharindu Nirmal Wickramasinghe of Nalanda College, Navanjana Jayawardena of Holy Cross College, Gampaha, Amashi Niwarthana of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Nuwani Nethsarani of Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha, Garuni Abeysinghe of Mahamaya College, Kandy, D.R. Hemasinghe of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, R.D.U. Rajapaksa of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo and Ransika Lasantha Gunasekara of Thurstan College..