President Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka can only be transformed in to a knowledge hub in Asia but also an oasis in new technology.
The President made this reference inaugurating the country’s first Nanotechnology Research Centre and Nanoscience Park today.
The President declared open the Nanotechnology Research Centre and Nanoscience Park at Pitipana in Homagama this morning. The Project was launched by the Ministry of Technology and Research. An investment of 2081.5 million rupees had been made on the construction of the Nanotechnology Research Centre and Nanoscience Park. Mas, Brandix, Dialog, Hayleys, Loadstar and Lankem were involved in the launch of the Project. Henceforth, the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology will carry out its research at this Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence. The objective is to produce nanotechnology products with natural raw material suitable for the competitive technology market.
The task of the Centre is to provide nanotechnology-based solutions identifying issues in the agricultural, health security and water purification spheres. The Nanotechnology Institute is equipped with most modern laboratories and research plants. State of the art microscope worth 80 million rupees has also been installed.
The President pointed out that it was the present Government which took the initiative of improving the knowledge considering it as part of national development.
The President said that he and the Ministers have placed trust in this as a best opportunity in which the future generation can serve. In the past knowledge was considered as part of school or University education. The Mahinda Chinthana believed that Sri Lanka could be developed as a knowledge hub in Asia. Thereafter the necessary plans were drawn up in this respect. He mentioned that Sri Lankans could sustain new changes. In Sri Lanka subjects on technology were clearly understood. Not only roads, airports and harbours have been built but also the programmes needed for economic growth have been crafted for the country’s future. The President said that research should be carried out in Sri Lanka for the building of the national economy. The President added that vast economic growth could be achieved through innovations.
Senior Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Deputy Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena were among those present on the occasion. Secretary to the Ministry of Technology and Research Dhara Jayatilake, Chairman of the Nanotechnology Institute Dr. Mahesh Amalin and Chief Executive Officer Haren Wijeratne also joined in the event.