Launch of IT training co.

by Saman Indrajith
With the Government’s emphasis on developing and promoting Sri Lanka as an IT Resource Centre and hub in the region, IDL-Spectrum, an Indo Sri Lanka BOI approved joint venture was launched at Colombo yesterday.

"Our vision is to build an organization that is totally employee driven, with an uncompromising commitment and single minded focus towards guiding the student in acquiring the appropriate skills and knowledge to achieve and succeed," said Jayanthan Kulasingham, IDL-Spectrum Chairman at the launching ceremony.

"We shall be an IT training centre introducing career oriented training in the field of Bluetooth, Bioinformatics, and Embedded Controllers, thus making us, ‘pioneers’ in offering these courses ‘leaving competition far behind’."

Spectrum Training Centre (Pvt.) Ltd., which is doing business as IDL Spectrum, is focused on becoming the largest human resources development centre in Sri Lanka, concentrating on a combination of IT, coupled with training in the English Language. The company plans to invest US $ 300,000 in IT training and aims to go nationwide within a period of 24 months.

"We’ll set up 18 centres throughout the country, from Matara to Jaffna," Kulasingham said. With the aim of creating valuable human resources, IDL Spectrum will be exposing students to the latest IT trends, challenges and cutting-edge technologies. Kulasingham added that education and training would be their primary focus with lecturers being brought down from India. They would also be recruiting local English teachers to coach students who lack proficiency.

IDL-Spectrum’s ‘set up’ will consist of Compaq systems with ‘Pentium 4 servers’ and ‘Pentium 3 clients’, while on the technology they will incorporate Bluetooth R&D kits for real-time Bluetooth training which will be imported from Sweden, along with an array of other software tools for Bioinformatics, Bluetooth, Web technologies, including Net Frame Work, Visual Studio, Net, Nokia, WAP Toolkit for WAP and LINUX suite.

"We would also tie up with premier academic institutions in India and explore the possibilities of doing the same in Sri Lanka, thus offering distance education programmes so that students could earn their degrees while undergoing their courses," he said.

V. Kupparaj, Chairman IDL India (IDL India is a part of the Vummidi groups and ranked amongst the leading technical institutions in India), said that their company had several credits, which included being the first to provide training in WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) in South India, the first to introduce a model in soft skills, first to offer training in multi-dimensional database and the first to set up a real time Bluetooth Lab in India. P. A. Rupakumar Raja, Senior Manager Operations said that Bluetooth and Bioinformatics qualifications would pave the way for better employment opportunities and would help the company to attract out sourced high-end software development assignments in Sri Lanka. Manager Business Development N. Salim Ahmed also spoke.