LALITH U GAMAGE- PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE , ICT MASTER MIND- ASSIGNING PRESIDENTIAL MANIFESTO SUBJECTS TO MINISTRIES – PART 2
Posted on November 24th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

The President has appointed Prof Lalith U Gamage as the new Governor of Central Province. The Governors of Sri Lanka were not busy people in the  past.   In the recent past we had some colourful and not so colourful names in our list of past Governors, including Gamini Fonseka, Karunaratne Divulgane, Niluka Ekanayake, Reginald Cooray, Maithree Gunaratne, Hizbulla, Shan De Silva, Sarath Ekanayake,  Suren Ragaven,  Alawi Moulana,  Hemal Gunasekera, Azad Sally etc.

In the list of new Governors, we have witnessed several operators  with sound credentials, including very popular Specialist ENT Surgeon Dr Mrs Seetha Arambepola, Lalith U Gamage, Dr Willie Gamage.

These professionals need to be engaged in more productive roles, functioning in addition to their ceremonial roles of Governors.

The President Gotabaya has repeated emphasised the importance of ICT usage in Sri Lanka.  In this context, Lalith U Gamage could be a key player in the development of software products with necessary customization to link the Projects included in the Vision and Mission Statement to facilitate  Performance Evaluation.

3 Responses to “LALITH U GAMAGE- PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE , ICT MASTER MIND- ASSIGNING PRESIDENTIAL MANIFESTO SUBJECTS TO MINISTRIES – PART 2”

  1. aloy Says:

    I must admit that I am hearing the name of Prof. Gamage for the first time. How ignorant am I?. And to read that he has been appointed as a governor is surprising after reading his credentials in Wikipedia. The notable thing I could read is that he is married to the daughter of former minister Kingsley T. Wickremaratne, a visionary and a patriotic Sri Lankan who established the SLIIT. I remember I wrote an article in Ceylon Daily News way back in early 90s that SL should make efforts developing software for the world market just like the Indians do and very soon there will be Sri lankans becoming millionaires. I know that caught the attention of Sri Lankans and I read that he too mentioning about software and firmware. Sadly that institution is teaching anything but technology and seems to have lost the way. So, has the prof also lost the way?.
    I must mention here that those who did or are doing great thing in IT are not the academic types. Steve Jobs was just a hippie eating in places serving free meals in India. His only qualification was a free university course of few months in Cartography. He got his break when his friend made a little black box to hack the US telephone system to get free calls which was selling like hot cakes. And he had guts to embark on great things without fear. Similarly the once richest Bill Gates was a Uni dropout. And the world richest man Jeff Bezos, the inventor Elon Musk, the Envidia chief billionaire Jenson Huang are all with only the first degree. The point I am trying to make here is that in IT trying to get higher degrees is waste of time. And also trying to develop software without a thorough understanding of hardware will get us nowhere.

  2. DR M D P DISSANAYAKE Says:

    My Friend Aloy,
    Hardware v Software conflict of opinions is a well established fact.

    Even with the world best software packages SAP, MS Dynamics, SAGE Timberline, MfgPro, customization to meet the of the user if extremely difficult. I agree with you Hardware capabilities may restrict some of the custou omizations due to compatibility issues.

    Even if you take world best groups of companies, the Group Financial Controller, as you know very well Alex, download data and customize using MS Access, Excel etc.

    So as I know, Prof Lalith could deliver goods quickly.

  3. aloy Says:

    Thanks Dr. MDP.
    As I mentioned in above comment I want GOSL to teach all our students including A-levels to give an idea how the computer and simple items like Arduino which is used for various competitions and in exhibitions these days. It is during the time they are students they get creative ideas. I inquire from two relatives of mine who have IT degrees from prominent unis what they have learnt in hardware for their courses. They said they learnt nothing. I do not know whether they were giving me the true picture. But both are developing software for overseas markets using Java and C# and both are highly paid.

    It was during their student days Linus Torvalds of Helsinki uni developed the kernel of open source OS system Linux when he was inspired by a famous OS of another professor. And it was the same professor who inspired the duo Alf and Vegard again uni students of Norway and started the AVR microcontrollers.
    So, our prof should work on those lines.
    BTW, it seems there is a secret core using the MINI OS system developed by that same professor that eaves drop in all our mobiles and PCs. So, our leaders beware when using their phones

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