Wednesday, May 22, 2019 2019 - discussion at ITN "Siwmansala Program"

Prof. Gihan Dias briefing about 2019 competition  
at  Independent Television Network 

“ 2019” 
is organized by the LK Domain Registry 
for the 9th time to recognise the best websites in Sri Lanka.

Today, an organisation needs an attractive and effective website to show their web presence. is a web-based competition providing a unique opportunity to promote Sri Lankan websites and showcase Sri Lankan talent online.

The participants of the competition will be judged on both creativity and technical achievement. The Panel of Judges comprising of industry experts with broad web expertise and ability to spot talent will be responsible with judging the websites. The public too can contribute by voting for their favourite site.

Award Categories:

Best Advertising & Marketing Website
Web sites that advertise products and services either for third parties or its own products without e-commerce features. Sales, classified advertising and deal coupons information. Web designing and digital marketing companies included.

Best SME Website
Commercial organisations (Ltd cos, partnerships or sole proprietorships) with annual turnover less than Rs. 100M
Best Corporate Website
Large organizations/companies/ corporations with annual turnover of at least Rs.100M.

Best University and Education Institute Website
Organizations providing Higher Education, Universities, Schools, Institutes, Affiliated Universities, Student recruitment, etc., (private and government)

Best e-Commerce Website
Web sites providing e-commerce facilities to make online transactions/ payments.(These websites should enable SSL certificates)

Best Banking and Finance Website
Banks and Financial Institutes (government or private)

Best Government Website
Corporations, ministries, authorities and other bodies which come under parliamentary supervision. (Budgets and final accounts are reported to the parliament).

Best Media, Sports & Entertainment Website
Websites of TV, Radio, newspapers, news sites, sports, games, reality shows, events, parties, music, video, etc.

Best Nonprofit Website
Organizations that provide information or services to the general public without a commercial objective.

Best Travel & Tourism Website
Websites providing services for tourists and local travelers, Hotels, tour companies, booking services, travel agents, etc.

Best Health & Wellness Website
Hospitals (Human & Animals), wellness and fitness products and services, spas, medical equipment, pharmacies etc. should have any needed licences.

Best Personal Website
Websites focussed on an individual such as politicians artistes, authors, professionals, etc.

for more details:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What IT Industry expects from fresh IT Professionals

By: Iroshan Sanjeewa
Manager Software Development
LK Domain Registry

What IT industry expects from freshers - ITN Digital with

Hi Everyone,
Probably you are aware that there are several thousands of IT students passing out from few dozens of state and private institutions every year in our country.
But when software companies try to fill their vacancies they face some degree of difficulty in choosing the best talent.
Sometimes companies have to interview large number of prospective candidates to fill just one vacancy. This is due to several expectation gaps in fresh IT professionals.

We know you all are brilliant students. But it is not just technical knowledge you should posses, we expect that you to be both effective and efficient as new comers to IT industry. 

Efficient means that you do the things right. We see this from many students where they are very good in completing things on time. 
On the other hand being effective is doing the right things which is far more important and also difficult task than being efficient.

When doing right things you have be proactive – which means you are ready before something happens, you have to think out of the box, analyze alternatives, identify priorities and find the best solution which requires you to put more effort and time. When we're truly effective at work, we manage our time well, we communicate clearly, and we have a good attitude. 

Effective workers are often the most respected and the most productive in their workplaces so it is vital for both individual and company’s growth.

Sometimes people tend to think that they have not been given the opportunity. Don't worry, there are ample of opportunities in this world. You should be capable of findings ways to get new opportunities created by exploring the internal company environments. There is a lot more happening in the world than you see so open your eyes and don't be afraid to ask if you are in doubt.  Always try to be truthful and it is not a shame to ask since we all are not perfect on all aspects and in the meantime try to build your self-confidence.

As fresh IT professionals you should be able to effectively collaborate with team members, learn new concepts quickly, come up with creative ideas, think how we can do things differently to get things done a better way by improving the overall productivity or enhancing the processes and share them with your leadership openly. This will definitely makes you exceed IT industry expectations and build a successful career.