“Arts to Science Internship” Program, where the industry will train 1,000 unemployed, mostly Arts graduates through internships, for a year in IT-BPM, KPO firms, where 50% or up to a maximum of LKR 25,000 of the monthly salary for a period of 12 months would be paid by the Government.
State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne said yesterday (19) that Giving Arts students, who make up the largest component of unemployed graduates, the chance to start STEM subjects would make them more employable.
The Government has allotted LKR 300 million for this proposal in the Budget.
“We formed the eSri Lanka while I was serving the Bank. The ICTA was established as a result and I had the opportunity to be the first Chairman of ICTA. My vision was to enable my Aunt living in Mihintale Seepukulama to be able to get a passport without having to come to Colombo. The task was to allow her to take her the digital route, rather taking the bus route to submit an application, and again to collect.” Said the minister.
The minster also said that with the change in government in 2004. By 2005 the digital revolution was politicized. ICT holds the fourth place in exports and will be able to reach number one in a short period of time. But the lack of manpower has slowed this through this initiative the government will support growth.