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Two groups of Kelani Shakthi Students awarded certificates

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Kelani Cables awarded certificates to 2 groups of students who completed the one-year electrical wiring course conducted under its leading and award-winning social care program Kelani Shakthi. The awarding ceremony was held at the Jaffna University recently.

The 4th and 5th Kelani Shakthi electrical engineering course cohorts were presented in a ceremony attended by Kelani Cables PLC Managing Director Mahinda Saranapala, Deputy CEO Dr. Anil Munasinghe, and Jaffna University Vice-Chancellor Professor S Srisatkunarajah. Kilinochchi District Secretary R Ketheeswaran and Northern Province Electricity Board Deputy General Manager Engineer S. Prabhaharan were also present as special guests.

This one-year electrician course which provides a university certificate is conducted for school leavers and those who are self-employed as electric technicians. The 6th and 7th groups of the course consisting of 200 students were also enrolled at the event.

Launched in 2014 by Jayantha Wijesinghe and Professor A. Atputharajah, the Kelani Shakthi electrical technician course, supported by Saranapala, expands on the 2007 Kelani Saviya initiative, the first of its kind in social care by a state university and private sector, conceptualized by Professor J.B. Ekanayake and Wijesinghe. The program’s continuation beyond its 2012 end date was ensured through a memorandum of understanding signed by Hemantha Perera, former Managing Director of Kelani Cables, and Professor S.B.S. Abeykoon of Peradeniya University, with continued funding secured by Saranapala.

Addressing the certificate awarding ceremony of the Kelani Shakthi social care program Saranapala said although Kelani Cables has participated in various social care programs throughout the year Kelani Shakthi program is unique to their company.

“We are proud of being able as a local company to provide a comprehensive course with an internationally recognized certificate in domestic and industrial electrical wiring to students who selected electrical engineering as a self-employment profession and enlighten the lives of the youth of the country. I wish the youth who received the certificates with the knowledge they gained will be able to serve the country and make their lives successful,” said Saranapala.

Srisatkunarajah said, “The business community has rendered a lot of effective and valuable corporate social responsibility services to the citizens of this country and due to various difficulties, they are limited to the areas near Colombo only. But Kelani Cables coming to Jaffna with an electrical technical course that can light up the lives of the youth of the district is the fulfilment of a wonderful responsibility. For that, the company deserves the respect of the entire Northern Province. And our university makes this program more complete by adding current values as an honour for the support shown to us by the Kelani Cables Company.”

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