CINEC Logistics Day 2016 reached another milestone by taking the term “Logistics” to schools effectively and strategically. South Asia Gateway Terminal popularly known as SAGT-The hub of tomorrow’s world is the Strategic partner for the CINEC logistics day for the second consecutive year.
The word “Logistics” is still not a buzz word in our society and not enough focus has been given to it as a lucrative industry to be promoted actively to students. With the country being geographically located in a highly strategic position that is ideal as a logistics hub, improving logistics education for superior performance should be a vital factor that will build the human capacity in marine, logistics and transport sectors in the country.
Therefore , CINEC Logistics day 2016 is held as a turning point in the efforts to take the word “Logistics” to schools. The theme for the event ” Logistics Education and training: The Way Forward ” signifies a broader meaning and is currently a key need in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake as the chief guest echoed these sentiments and emphasized on the lack of attention and not a giving priority to logistics education , whilst Dr. Pradeepa Jayaratne of University of Moratuwa discussed the experience of Sahasara project in Kandy on Learning perspectives to students of Logistics and Transport.
17 teams from 14 schools participated in the CINEC Logistics Quiz on the 21st of October at CINEC Campus – Malabe with the Grand Finale taking place on the Logistics day. The theme of the quiz competition was Awareness; Interest; Knowledge; Engagement
The finalist were Ananda College and Bandaranayake College Gampaha winning the first ever “CINEC Logistics trophy”.
CINEC Logistics day also conducted an article competition for University Students. An interesting panel discussion on Logistics Education and Training was chaired by Prof (Capt) . Nalaka Jayakody,Vice President of CINEC Maritime Campus, with the participation of Mr. Lalith Edirisinghe, Head-Department of Logistics and Transport; Mr.Chandana Wijayanama- General Manager HRSAGT; Dr.Pradeepa Jayaratne -Consultant/Lecturer, Department of Transport &Logistics Management, University of Moratuwa; Prof. Chandana Perera -Dean Faculty of Business, Si Lanka Institute of Information Technology; Mr. T.P.K Perera – Deputy Director Quality, National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority. The theme of the discussion was “Logistics Education and Training: Theory; Competence: Standardization”.
Mr. Erwin Haaze, CEO and the senior staff members of South Asia Gateway Terminal (Pvt) Ltd were also present at this event.
Logistics Day is an annual event organized by the second year students of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences of CINEC as an extra-curricular activity parallel to their academic activities.
CINEC is the largest private education in Sri Lanka that caters to 19,000 students annually through 185 different courses. CINEC, being an approved educational institute “by the University Grants Commission (UGC)” plays an important role in the education sector. CINEC has its primary focus on improving the human skills of Naval, Aviation, Commercial, and Energy industries in order to prepare the Sri Lankan labor market for the future challenges.