YCS harnesses talents of rural youth

Young Computer Scientist (YCS), the annual ICT competition organized by the Federation of information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS); is a remarkable opportunity in identifying and harnessing the hidden talents of students of information and computer technology, particularly in the rural areas of Sri Lanka.

The colourful awards ceremony, organized by FITIS was held in the Auditorium of the New Art Theatre, Mohan Lai Grero, the Deputy Minister of Education was the Chief Guest at the awards presentation, which was attended by a large and distinguished gathering.

The national partner for the event was ICTA with the other sponsors of the event being Horizon College International, Malabe, C S Enterprises Anuradhapura, Epic Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, and Gateway College International with Barclays Computers (Pvt) Ltd being the Official Equipment Provider.

The competition was open for two groups of students; aged 10 to 16 the Junior Category, and 17 to 20 years, the Senior Category. The selection process was based on an initial assessment from a panel of judges, followed by a presentation/demonstration by the students.

The fact that students from demote rural schools also won the top prize® in the Young Computer Scientist competition amply proved that this contest organized by FITIS has established itself as an excellent platform to identify and expose the computing talents of school children at early stages and encourage them to develop their talents and earn recognition for their innovations.

The National School level Gold Award Winner in the Senior Group Category in the competition was Rafeek Mohamed Raashid Ahamed of Baduriya Central Qoilege, Mawanella and the Silver Winner was N. C. Muvindu Tharanga Nanayakkara from Anuradhapura Central College. Bagging the top prizes in the Junior Segment were the Gold Winner,Dushan Chanuka of Ananda College and Silver Winner being M. K. D. Tharindu Madhushan from Pi) Royal Central College, Polonnaruwa.

In the International Schools Senior Group Category the Gold Award winners were Vishmika Sachintha Fernando and Devinda Senanayake, whilst the Silver Award was given to Udara Pasanjith Jayawardena and Minesh Pavara Fernando. All of these winners were students of Gateway College,Colombo.

Prizes for the Junior Category were awarded to Mudheera Sunali Kariyawasam from Gateway College, Galle as its Gold Winner.

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Adding his comments the President of FITIS Software Chapter Shantha Yapa stated that FITIS has been organizing YCS for the last 12 years on an annual basis with the sole objective of moulding the nation’s future ICT talents, and making Sri Lanka a very competitive IT hub in Asia. The programme has been improved over the years and received over 1000 entries every year from every nook and corner of the country. We hope to add more value and expand the programme further to ensure that YCS will cover large population and wider coverage in & its participation.

The fact that students from remote rural schools also won the top prices in the Young Computer Scientist competition amply proved that this contest organized by FITIS has established itself as an excellent platform to identify and expose the computing talents of School children at early stages and encourage them to develop their talents and earn recognition for their innovations.