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The expansion of Information Technology (IT) has become a threat to a many employment opportunities today, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

Attending a ceremony to launch ‘Cloud Smart Classroom programme’ at Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Boys’ School, Pita Kotte, yesterday, he said that the growth in the fields of Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) had made an impact on many professions.

“In the near future, IT will rule the world. I believe excellence in IT education would solve the matters which we are facing today. If students have E-learning practice, they need not worry about their future. Traditional schooling methods no longer solve the issue of unemployment. 'Smart Cloud Classroom' would make you capable of almost anything,” he said.

He said the world doesn’t count on individuals' knowledge anymore because Google and other information resources are available now. “We will guide you to find answers using IT. There is no need of storing study notes inside your head hereafter,” the minister said.

Speaking at the event, Executive Director of Kojen, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe said that world renowned companies like ‘Tesla’ automobile and ‘Google’ are using Artificial Intelligence at the moment, in their products and services, which have led them to minimize their human efficiency.

“Autonomous car (self-driving car/robotic car) was no longer a concept. ‘Tesla’ has already built it. What would befall the future of the drivers and chauffeurs, hereafter?, he questioned.

The 'Smart Cloud Classroom' was designed to create enriching learning experiences using information technology as an exception for books and other traditional learning methods. The practice is currently being used in countries like Korea, United States and the U.K.. The programme was launched as a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) with the support of the Kojen International Private Institution and the Central Bearing Company headed by Sudath Tennakoon, under the instructions of the Education Ministry.

The 'Smart Cloud Classroom' equipped with Tabs, furniture and other educational software, was handed over to the grade 3 students of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Boys’ School, Pitakotte.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, School Principal Major D. A. D. Wanaguru, the Education Ministry Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi, school teachers and students, participated at the event. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • APSS Sunday, 15 January 2017 01:53 AM

    The development of IT allows for people to work efficiently. Yes, there may be short-term unemployment, but simply because this happens, it doesn't mean that advancement is bad. It is a question of more efficient methods displacing inefficient methods, namely, 'Creative Destruction,' as theorised by Schumpeter.Protecting inefficiency indefinitely, at the cost of efficiency is a very myopic way of planning for the future.

    Kumar Sunday, 15 January 2017 05:59 AM

    IT will take over loads of jobs however from cosmology to finding cures in Medicne to all aspects of humanity it would always be humans and not the machines that would dominate.

    Alpha Omega Sigma Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:04 AM

    Time for governments, organizations and I divide also to think in terms of strategic uses of IT and plan education and employment opportunities accordingly. Even in this la la land of Sri Lanka.


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