As a leading tertiary educational Institute in Sri Lanka, research is an integral part of SLIIT. We strive for a vibrant research culture and numerous initiatives are in place to promote research among the academic and student communities. Integrating research methodology to undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, establishing a research center to carry out research work, the SLIIT research grant scheme, National Conference on Technology and Management are all meant to promote research. Research methodology is a compulsory module for all postgraduate and undergraduate programs at SLIIT. This aims to inculcate skills to acquire new knowledge which is of paramount importance in the field of Information Technology where the body of knowledge grows exponentially. All students complete a comprehensive research project under the guidance of SLIIT staff members. Generally undergraduate students work in groups to fulfill this compulsory requirement while masters students take up individual projects.
The SLIIT Research Centre, overseen by a committee of senior academics/researchers, provides facilities to carry out staff and student research. SLIIT Research Centre organizes the National Conference on Technology and Management (NCTM), a forum to discuss contemporary issues in the fields of Technology and Management. In 2013, SLIIT organized this forum for the 8th consecutive year, though the name of this forum was “SLIIT Research Symposium (SRS)” for the first 6 years. During these first 6 years it was restricted to research in the field of Information Technology. Participants were mainly from SLIIT. During the last two years NCTM has been improved by the quality of the research work and by wider participation by both academia and industry.
As for research by academics the latest initiative is providing a substantial research grant scheme. All academics are clustered into research teams and each team is headed by a senior researcher. The senior researchers as the principle investigators are eligible for the SLIIT annual research grants. These grants can be freely utilized for research related purposes such as accessing useful research resources (e.g. on-line journals) and participation in conferences.
SLIIT research seminar sessions will provide all academics a platform to present their research work. The seminar will be organized by a SLIIT research seminar committee which is spearheaded by Head/SLIIT Research Center. This committee organizes workshops to guide SLIIT post graduate students to improve their skill in research. SLIIT Research center at Malabe Campus provides a good study environment, computer facilities to browse online research articles and is freely available for research discussions.