මතක

සරසවියේ මිතුරු මිතුරියන්ට ආදරයෙන්…..

සනාතනයේ කුලුණු පාමුල

හිදී රෑනක් පෙල ගැසී

එරෑනේ නුඹ හිදිනු දකිනෙමි

හීන පොදි බැද සිනාසී

 

කවුරුන්ද අර රගහලේ අද

පුරුද්දට බැලුවා එබී

අයෙකි අත ගෙන මනාලියකගෙ

නුඹත් ඒ ලෙස ඉන්නැති

 

ලගින් ඉඳ මිතුරියක වී

නුඹ එදා පෑ ලබැදිකම්

බිලිඳු උවනේ රුසිරු දුටු දා

වැඩෙන්නට ඇති වී නොහිම්

 

නොවී ලෝකය නුඹ පැතූ’යුරු

සෙනග මැද තනි වුනාද?

එදා වාගෙම දිරිය ගෙන නුඹ

කඳුල මැද හිනැහුනාද?

 

අතැහැරුනු මගහැරුනු දේ ඇති

කියන්නට මොහොතක් නොවූ

අහන්නට ඒ පුරුදු සෙනෙහෙන්

දිනෙක අපි යලි හමු වෙමු

Bridging the gap between academia and IT industry : The Three key elements

 

 

With the rapidly expanding daily use of Information Technology, we have to accept that the industry is running out of the skilled workforce to cope-up with the demand. On the other hand, census suggests that a considerable amount of youth remains unemployed while having a Bachelors qualification, struggling to find a workplace. See a problem?

Academia is working hard while doing their part in research and innovation , facilitating postgraduates’ projects and incubating undergraduate students with knowledge and skill set adequate to be a professional in the industry. Meantime, many organisations invest a large amount of money and time for training the newly employed. While it would be unrealistic to expect a perfectly smooth flow of a skilled graduate to a satisfied employee/employer there do exist means for fitting the pieces together.

We have three key elements to look for, in this process. I.e. Student, the academia and the industry.In my opinion, bridging the gap will be achieved once these three parties are comfortable with their roles and expectations and in agreement with each other.

1. The student

As a fresh graduate, you will be expected to play tough once you leave out from the university and you have to accept it and take up the responsibility. It is not only the 3 to 4 years you spent at the university but also what you have gained over the past years in your life that affects the success in your career path. The former would be significant in nailing your dream job, but once you do , all skills you learnt from your primary school will have a role to play. Remember it the day you enter the university and also the day you will be leaving the university. Be a continuous learner and adaptable for change.

2. The academia

The inspiration and the knowledge you bring in every day, to the lecture hall do have a significant impact on students. The syllabus or the course material need to be updated in a timely manner such that it challenges the students to think new and catering the skill development of the majority of the students. The engagement with people/organisations outside the university should be encouraged through the multi-disciplinary application of what is being taught.

3. The industry

You will have to accept that it is not the job of the university to mould that exact piece which fits your jigsaw puzzle, but to produce an adaptable skilled fresh graduate. Being an employer, when interviewing the fresh graduates for internships or jobs, be less concerned on how confident the student is about where s/he wants to be in 10 years or where her/his university is ranked but more vigilant on the potential skill set and the knowledge s/he capable of bringing in. Be stressed about what you have to offer as much as the fresh graduate is on the same. Having the proper mentoring and given the right task, the diamonds shall come out in less time, accelerating your business process.

While appreciating the initial training some organisations carry out for new employees,the programs carried out by the university and student bodies, it should be acknowledged that if the three parties involved, develops their mutual understanding beforehand with active engagement with each other, outcome would be more fruitful in terms of revenue as well as innovation.

සපත්තු

ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවෙදි, පාන්දරම නැගිටලා කෝට් එකේ ගුලි වෙලා පාර දිගේ ඇවිදගෙන යද්දි වංගුව ලග සපත්තු කඩේ මට පේනවා. හැමදාම පුරුද්දට මම ඒ ඇතුල, දිලිසෙන්න පිහිදාපු වීදුරුවෙන් බලනවා. සීත කාලේට ලස්සන බූට් සපත්තු පුරෝල. ආයෙමත් හැන්දාවට වංගුව ගනිද්දි මම එතැන බලනව. ඊට අඩියක් එහායින් තියෙන අවන්හලෙන් බියර් එකක් තොල ගාන්ට ආපු ජෝඩුවක ගෑනු ලමයා ඇතුලෙ සපත්තු පෙන්වලා හිනා වෙනව මට පේනව. සමහර දවස් වලට හවස ඇවිදින්න යන වයසක කාන්තාවෝ එතැන නතර වෙලා වීදුරුවෙන් බල බලා කතා කරන හැටි මට පේනව. ටික වෙලාවක් එතැන හිනා වෙවී ඉන්න එයාලා ඊට අඩි දෙකක් එහායින් පාරේ ඉදගෙන ‘හෝම්ලෙස්, නීඩ් හෙල්ප්’ කියල බෝඩ් එකක් තියාගෙන ඉන්න මනුස්සයට ඩොලරයක් දාගෙන යනව.

ලන්කාවේ වෙලක මඩ නාගෙන මඩ උඩ දබුං ගහන පොඩි එකෙක් මට මැවිලා පේනව. සෙරෙප්පු දෙකක් ඒ ලමයාට ඕනා, ගල් ඇනෙන පාර දිගේ ඉස්කෝලෙ යන්ට විතරයි. පොලොවත් එක්ක ඔට්ටු වෙලාම ඕනාම තැනක පොලොවෙ පය ගහල ඉන්න පොඩි එකා පුරුදු වෙනවා. කාපට් එලපු කොලඹ පාරේ බෙන්ස් එක එලවද්දිත් ඒ පොලොවේ සුවද විදින්න, සෙරෙප්පු නැතිව ඇවිද්ද කාලේ පොඩි එකාට පන්නරය දෙනව.

බඩු මල්ල අරන් එන අප්පච්චි, සට සට ගාලා සෙරෙප්පු දෙකේ වැලි ගසනව මට ඇහෙනව,හරියට විවේකයක් ගන්න සෙරෙප්පු දෙක කකුලෙන් ගැලවෙන්න දගලනව වගෙ. අප්පච්චි නොකීවත් ගෙවුනු පටි දෙක ගමනේ අමාරුව මට කියනව. මගුලක් දවසට හැඩට ජාතික ඇදුම අදින අප්පච්චි, හැඩ සපත්තු දෙකකුත් දානව. පොලිශ් කරපු බූට්ස් දලා එතැනට එන අයත් ඉන්නව.

අඩි උස සපත්තු දාලා පොලොවට බර තියලා ඇවිදින අයත්, සෙරෙප්පු නැතිව සීතලේ ගාටන අය වගේම, මහා ජීවිත බරක් උස්සාගෙන යනව. ඒම බරක් නෑ කියලා ජීවිතේ දුක වහන්න ඔප දාපු සපත්තු උදව් වෙනව. හැමෝගෙම ගමනාන්තය එකක් බව දැනගෙන සපත්තුවෙන් කොච්චර උස වුනත්, මිටි වුනත්, හදවතින් හැමෝම එක මට්ටමේ උනා නම්, හැමෝගෙම ජීවිත ඔප දැමෙයි කියල හිතෙනව.

New year celebrations at University of Melbourne with SLGS

The best days of the year for both adults and kids in Sri Lanka fall in 2nd week of April. It is the period we have Sinhala Hindu New year : the traditional celebration of new year. It is the period when all irrespective of the age and wealth come together with the family and cherish the time together all the sweets, fruits and games.

Bringing along the breeze of joy attached with the new year, Sri Lankan Graduates Society of University of Melbourne had organised  a day filled with traditional Sri Lankan food followed by new year games event at the university premises. The event was open to all the students as it happens in Sri Lanka : the doors are opened for any relative/guest to come along and enjoy the time together.

In Sri Lanka, it is the songs of the birds and smell of the ‘Erabadu’ flowers bring us the message of the dawn of the festive season. Even though we did not have ‘Erabadu’ around, with the winter being just around the corner and surrounded by all the traditional food and fellow Sri Lankans my new year celebrations could not have been any better.

Installing RStudio on Ubuntu 15.04

Installing R :

To install R on your machine, choose the mirror preferred from below, and add it to the repository list.

https://cran.r-project.org/mirrors.html

sudo add-apt-repository '<em>the_selected_mirror_site'</em>

Then execute below commands to install R.

</pre>
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E084DAB9

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install r-base r-base-dev
<pre>

Install Rstudio :

#Install the necessary dependencies.

sudo apt-get install libjpeg62

#Download latest Rstudio Debian package

#More details on packages to download are at https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/

wget https://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-0.99.484-amd64.deb

#Install Rstudio from the debian package.

sudo dpkg -i rstudio-0.99.484-amd64.deb

#Launch Rstudio

rstudio

 

 

 

 

A bookworm on ‘the book thief’

I sit shocked and overwhelmed. At the same time, I am glad that it finished. A narrative: narrated by death, where he himself confesses ‘I am haunted by humans’ and THE END.

The book thief by Markus Zusak was the only book I finished in a stretch recently. To write a narrative by Death: That is genius in writing!! The book is filled with twists, colors and blank sheets, Black and White, Death and Life, Happiness and Sorrow.

It is a book with several books inside. Given that it is on a book thief, that sounds fair enough.  The stories of both winners and losers, dead men and survivors, dictators and surrenders are being told and the reader is reminded that no one can escape the narrator, well.. Not no one, but some who amazes death itself.

The book thief is all about words, how words made a whole nation drag into a war, how a young man who decided to part his hair opposite to everyone else decided to use words as a weapon, how words opened up  the world for a young girl: the book thief, the power in words to heal a broken jew living with guilt and sorrow and how words unspoken led a young boy with lemon coloured hair to his grave with never having the kiss he asked for.

Although, I came from other side of the world where the book was written, I found a lot in common with the book thief. I am sure any reader would do….

Thank you Markus Zuzak for that amazing penmanship.  I am glad I met all those people and felt humanity hidden inside their tortured souls through your words. I am glad that it ended for them all and the book thief found her way through words.

I hope we will make a better world through words.

All about the book thief The home of book thief