Official Opening of BCAS Campus in Kurunagala
BCAS Campus located at the historic city of Kurunagala at 103 Dambulla Road commenced its operations some months ago with a soft opening.
The official opening ceremony was performed by His Worship the Mayor of Kurunagala Mr. Gamini Permunage took place on 6th February 2014 at 9.30 a.m. with a large number of leading citizens of the city, parents, students, staff and well-wishers in attendance. Even though the Chief Minister was billed to be the Chief Guest, he was not able to make it as he had to undertake an unscheduled governmental mission to Geneva. However, Mr. Prasanna Adhikari his Media Secretary deputized the Chief Minister by joining the Mayor in the function.
The Chief Minister in his message had mentioned that the products of BCAS Campus did not idle after completion of their degree or vocational courses as they could find ready employment locally or abroad. He had further noted that it was due to the fact that courses offered by BCAS are market relevant ones. The CM had expressed his gratitude to the Management of BCAS for opening a branch campus in Kurunegala through which the whole Wayamba province would be benefited. The message was read out by Mr Adhikari, his Media Secretary who represented him
Addressing the gathering Mayor of Kurunegala Mr. Premunage stated that the people of Kurunagala are happy as they are able to have a an institution in BCAS whose products have made a conspicuous presence in the town contributing to the life of the town.
He also commended the service offered to Kurunegala and its outskirts by BCAS’s social service arm by conducting free examinations guidance programmes to OL and AL school students facing exams. Such programmes are conducted by BCAS at schools covering study and memorizing techniques, time management, confidence building, etc.
The Mayor also advised students who were present at the occasion that they have got a golden opportunity by joining BCAS Campus and get the maximum usage to get qualified to serve the nation and the world at large. He insisted upon students that success of a person’s life solely depends on good education and therefore wanted them to achieve many mile stones academically. He did not forget to convey the chief minister’s request to him by telephone at the time of departure from the Airport for Geneva: “I convey my good wishes and thanks to BCAS for establishing abranch campus in Kurunegala.”
Mr. Abdur Rahman, Chairman of BCAS Campus in his concluding address briefly described to the distinguished gathering the 15 year history of BCAS Campus. He also mentioned that while he was in Qatar recently he attempted toform a BCAS Alumni with the hope there would be around 200-300 students in employment there. But the actual number was more than 1500 and the majority of whom are employed in the lucrative construction industry. The average BCAS product employed there draw approximately SLR 200,000. He mentioned that BCAS Campus is proud of their contribution to the nation’s economy by means of foreign exchange by a strong BCAS contingent of 1500 Sri Lankan expatriate workers in Doha alone. “Our slogan building careers transforming lives appropriatelydemonstrate the trend. The well received and quality market relevant courses are offered through our partners mainly from the UK” he said.
Mr. Rahuman responding to a request by the Chief Minister to support at least 20 needy students with attractive scholarship schemes said that BCAS would honour Hon. Jayasekara’s request with an annual scholarship scheme to thedeserving students of Wayamba Province.
Representatives of other higher education institutes, scholars, education officials, school principals, business associations, BCAS Staff and students were among those present.