President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said knowledge is no longer confined to schools or university education.
He said knowledge is becoming a major partner in the national development drive.
“Knowledge was once considered imparted through the school or university curricula to the younger generation,” he said. President Rajapaksa said the government has prepared the background to spur the country’s economic development.
He was speaking at the opening of the Nanotechnology and Science Park and the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence at Pitipana, Homagama yesterday.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) is a private and public partnership between the government and five private companies. The institute specialises in research and development to make the products more competitive and add value to the country’s mineral resources.
He said SINTEC will play a major role to save money spent for the export of many products.
The President stressed the importance of having more public and private sector partnerships to push the country forward in terms of economic development.
President Rajapaksa also requested the management of SINTEC to encourage the students of schools in the neighbourhood towards science and technology by implementing a program under Corporate Social Responsibility.
President Rajapaksa said the government is ready to provide further assistance for the development of this technology in the country. He said that the people in the country underwent a period where a kilo of rice was priced at Rs. 100 and a coconut was above Rs. 60.
He said the government succeeded in ending that era and that the country has become self-sufficient in many products.
Research and Technology Senior Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana, Research and Technology Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Deputy Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena and SLINTEC Chairman Mahesh Amaleen were also present.