I want to reach you at this critical time for our country to reinforce SLIIT’s commitment to your education and well-being. I hope you and your families are not directly affected by the current health situation.
Let me reinforce the importance of all of us maintaining good hygiene and supporting the efforts of health authorities and government to control the current pandemic. SLIIT takes pride in educating responsible and productive citizens, and I request you to completely fulfill your responsibilities to the country at this critical time.
As mentioned in my notice to you on 13th March and the follow up notice of Director of Academic Affairs on 17th March, SLIIT is progressing well with its efforts to provide online delivery of our courses. We started delivery on 18th March, and we reached over 8000 viewers per day making us a leader in the country for online delivery. I thank you for your cooperation. Our team including the deans, directors and academic and non-academic staff are working tirelessly from their homes to further enhance your experience with online delivery. We hope to introduce these enhancements soon, including online tests, assessments and learning resources. It is most likely that our campuses will remain closed for an extended period, but we will make every effort to follow our academic calendar so that you will not lose any time in completing your degree. As you know, a lot of students are facing data issues because data cost money. We have been working with ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) to whitelist our servers. What this means is when you access our servers to follow or download lectures, they will not charge you for the usage of data. Several ISPs including Dialog Axiata have already started this, and others including Mobitel also have agreed to whitelist our servers so that you will not incur any cost downloading lectures from our sites.
As always, we are committed to listening to your concerns and suggestions. You can contact us through the course web, email, or any other convenient method. We have also created another Facebook account called ‘SLIIT Connect’ to stay in touch with our students.
Your support and understanding have been very encouraging to us. We are doing our best to put your best interest at the forefront of our work during this challenging time. I am confident that Sri Lanka will overcome this challenge with the commitment of the government and the help of all citizens.
Finally, please stay at home, follow lectures, stay healthy support your family and friends, act responsibly and lead by example.
My best wishes to you and your families.