According to the latest SLICTA report on IT industry, in 2006 Sri Lanka needed nearly 5000 graduates but only 1900 graduates were available locally for a short fall of 3000 graduates. SLICTAâ€™s predicted shortfall for 2007 is 5000 (full report at ).
Year Demand Supply
2005 4920 1235
2006 4920 1887
2007 7672 2216
These data are based on a survey of IT industries conducted by MJ Consulting.
How realistic are these numbers? ((Why is the demand same in 2005 and 2006?). Do we really have that many jobs going begging in the IT industry? For those of you in the IT industry do these numbers sound right?
Even if we halve the estimated demand, the more interesting story, I believe, is the dismal response of our public university system with respect to the demand. For a start the university system is not even able to give us the graduation numbers. The UGC statistics gives enrolment figures for computer science/IT for 2005 and 2006 but no. The total enrollment in 2005 was 398 but no graduation data.
Using enrollment data we can make a generous estimate and say that the universities produced less than 400 graduates in 2005. (The pass rate at external BIT is really really low but I donâ€™t have numbers. Anecdotally, I know that it is hard to find a competent people to teach for the external BIT.)
Compare the 400 or less produced in 2005 by the public sector to the 909 or more produced by local private institutions in the same year (see Education Forum’s full report for details). These private institutions met Sri Lanka’s IT human resource needs by twice as much or more than the public sector, with no thanks government patronage. One might even say they did this despite government (see our previous post about the irresponsible/hypocritical behavior of Minister Susil Premachandra and his political friends).
What does ICTA has to say about the dismal performance of the public IT education sector? Should not they have seen the coming demand?
What do Universities of Colombo and Moratuwa have to say? According to UGC, in 2005 Colombo enrolled 245 and Moratuwa enrolled 110. Moratuwa is a newcomer, but shame on Colombo. Very poor output for all the hoopla they created, I think.
In fact, what do these data say about the effectiveness of late Prof VK Samaranayake who dominated the ICT education field for last 30 years or so?
———————————————————————————————————- Summary of results from a survey conducted by the Education forum in 2006.
Total number of degrees awarded locally by private institutions = 909
Foreign degrees awarded locally by private institutions = 511
Local degrees awarded locally by private institutions = 398
(333 of the local degrees were awarded by SLIIT, a quasi private institution)
See the report for details.