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Wednesday, July 04 , 2012 - 06.17 GMT
Construction of first science park begins


Foundation stone for the first ever science park was laid by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa in Pitipana, Mahenawatte, Homagama, on July 02.

The Science Park will be housed in a 50 acre plot and the development of the Park will be in four stages. Phase one will see the establishment of a Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE). The NCE will include a Centre for Research and Investment (a state of the art laboratory), cells of incubation, a Technology commercialization Centre, Library, Auditorium and Accommodation for visiting Scientists.

Phases two, three and four will proceed based on the success of the first phase. Phase Two will provide facilities for large scale Corporate Research and Business Development to be availed by the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Phase three envisages a focus on expansion of High Technology Industries and centralized services and Phase four seeks to provide housing and recreational facilities for the research community.

Phase one commence on July 2nd with the laying of the foundation for the Centre for Research and Investment at a cost of Rs. 829 million provided by the Government. The construction of Phase one is expected to be completed by mid 2013.

The establishment of the Science Park is an initiative undertaken by the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) which is a private-public partnership with 77 percent shares held by the Government.





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