Two Sri Lankan undergraduates will begin internships at the Microsoft Research Laboratory in India this month. This is the first such occasion that Sri Lankan university students would have the opportunity of entering one of the four Microsoft global labs which are the breeding grounds for technologies that help define and redefine the computing experience for millions of people for decades to come. The undergraduates will, over the next 6 ? 12 months, be influenced by world-renowned scientists at Microsoft Research, which constitutes one of the largest, fastest-growing and most highly respected software-research organizations in the world.
The undergraduates chosen by Microsoft to enjoy this rare opportunity are Rathnaweera Patabandhige Chandima Jayasri from the University of Moratuwa and Thanuja Priyadarshani from the University of Colombo School of Computing. The IT students were selected from a pool of applicants, who were screened based on their research focus.
By granting these internships to Sri Lankans, Microsoft provides the country with critical exposure to world class research and development activity in IT. The experience gained at Microsoft Research will no doubt enable Chandima and Thanuja to share their learning with colleagues back home, thereby contribute to the research capabilities in Sri Lanka.
Jinashri Samarakoon of Microsoft Sri Lanka said: `Microsoft is committed to support building a resilient IT industry within the country. We understand that as a global leader in the software industry, we can contribute much to the local industry by sharing our best practices, our ability to facilitate the bringing together of global experts and knowledge pools together. This is what we strive to do in our CSR and education efforts and, in fact, in all our engagements with the industry. Sending students to MSR is a result of a long-term effort of Microsoft Sri Lanka and the universities working together and we are happy we are able to send our first interns this year. Research is key to innovation and therefore plays an important role in building a strong IT industry. Therefore, we hope the exposure to MSR will give our interns the future of the local IT industry, a strong building block to start their career, and enrich the local knowledge pool.`
Established in 1991, Microsoft Research conducts millions of dollars worth of research each year, making the software giant the biggest spender on IT research.