Information Technology (IT) has received much attention over the last few years as a powerful catalyst in addressing the needs and interests of people in developing countries. Identifying its crucial role, many countries have incorporated IT into their education/higher education curricula thus enabling the students to reap full benefits in terms of increased opportunities for higher education and better employment prospects
Since the focus on education and higher education in Sri Lanka has been re-shaped to meet the national developmental goals more effectively and efficiently, it has been advised to incorporate IT into the national education system. Introduction of the IT stream into the GCE Advanced Level and introduction of new degree programs related to IT are such attempts
In order to cater to these requirements, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura introduced a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree program in Information Technology for its students which have received huge popularity and acclaim in a very short period after its inception. In June 2020, the University Grants Commission has approved the establishment of the Department of Information and Communication Technology. This department will be the rest of its kind – offering an IT degree within the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty- in the State University System in Sri Lanka.
The Bachelor of Science Honours in Information Technology degree has been administered by several departments within the FHSS; namely English, Geography, Social Statistics and History & Archaeology. Contributions made by those departments in administering this degree program resulted in 87 alumni who are currently productively contributing to the national economy. Currently, there are 110 undergraduates following this program under this newly established department.
OBJECTIVES OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME
In the completion of the BSc degree program, students should be able to: