Diplomatic: (Pakistan gifts IT lab to Lankan college)

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan has donated a fully equipped IT Lab comprising 15 computers and related equipment to Hameed Al Husseinie College in Colombo, on Wednesday, through its High Commission in Sri Lanka.

The new IT Lab will be used to impart diploma certificates in various IT fields to the students as well as old students of the college for increasing their skills and improving prospects for better employment opportunities.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (r) Syed Shakeel Hussain inaugurated Mohammad Ali Jinnah Computer Centre along with President and Exco members of Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association, representatives of the old boys Association of the college as well as College administration.

According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, in his brief remarks during the ceremony, the High Commissioner emphasized the importance of Information Communication Technology in broadening the knowledge base of the students. He called upon the students to make maximum use of the facility to enhance their capabilities.

He hoped that the computer skills and training acquired at the Ali Jinnah Computer Centre will contribute towards younger generation’s academic pursuits and will help in enhancing their nation building capabilities.

He expressed the hope that youth will use this facility as a bridge to knowledge, creativity, and innovation. He also reiterated Pakistan’s continued support to Sri Lanka in enhancing younger generation’s academic capacities with better educational facilities.

The Hameed Al Husseinie College is the oldest Muslim college of Sri Lanka and it has a long history that is spreads over 130 years. It was established in November 1884 as Al Madressatul Khairiyyathul Islamiah school. The school was officially granted college status in 1991, and was renamed Hameed Al Husseinie College.

It was elevated to a National School on July 26, 1996. Presently, the school has an enrolment of over 2200 students, with 120 teachers as the instructional staff for the institution.

The Government of Pakistan, through its High Commission in Colombo has been assisting various social sector organizations in Sri Lanka, both in the public and private sector, through various projects relating to education, health, housing, livelihood generation, water supply and sanitation, vocational training and cultural promotion.

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