This year, SLIIT held an energetic event aptly titled “Strides for Hope” because the objective of the endeavor was to uplift the quality of life of underprivileged children. The walk brought together both the students and the staff and showcased the institute’s culture and diversity of its student life. It also helped to focus on SLIIT’s excellence in both academic and co-curricular activities while fostering collaboration among faculties as well as branches across the country.
Over 6000 students and staff participated in the walk held for the 5th consecutive year. The Walk was organized by the SLIIT Student Interactive Society. SIS has been receptive to ideas and contributions generated by the students to enhance the Walk, encouraging and rewarding the talents of students, especially by motivating them to participate in designing t-shirts for the event. The walk generated a total profit of about Rs. 1.3 million and the funds collected will be used to provide a fully equipped computer lab for an underprivileged school in Sri Lanka.
The school will be provided with 15 computers and network requirements to improve its learning environment. Prof. Lalith Gamage, President and CEO of SLIIT said “SLIIT being an educational institute, the walk would be more in line with our vision of disseminating knowledge to the youth through this charity which specifically focuses on the development of education of rural youth. SLIIT endeavors to ensure that Sri Lanka profits from Information Technology, Business Management and Engineering by providing education and training, conducting and promoting research and development, provide consultancy and software services, nurturing IT ventures, thus ensuring the availability of a rich pool of experts.”
The President of Student Interactive Society said “SLIIT’s interactive culture and diverse student life is clearly demonstrated by this Walk. Our vision is to be a center of excellence to advance and disseminate knowledge, foster and promote innovation and produce world-class intellectuals in the fields of Information, Engineering, Business and Communication Technologies to best serve the nation and beyond.”