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Department History

Established in 1969, the Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering (ENTC) is unique in Sri Lanka, in offering a B.Sc. Engineering degree in this specialization.

In April 2003, the department moved to its new building from the earlier location in the Sumanadasa building. The new facility, costing 100 million Rupees, was funded by the Government of Sri Lanka. Laboratory facilities were simultaneously enhanced with a JICA grant worth of 509 million Yen.

The enhancements paved way to increase the annual intake of undergraduates: immediately to 80; subsequently to 100. It also made feasible, the expansion of postgraduate courses and research programs in the areas of: Antennas and Propagation, Speech and Image Processing, Industrial and Medical Electronics, RF Communications, Intelligent Transport Systems, Semiconductor Materials and Optical Communications.

About the Department

The department has an annual intake of 100 undergraduate students; around 70 postgraduate students (about 10 of whom get enrolled for Postgraduate Research). Short-term courses are also conducted by the department for CPD of engineers and other technical personnel in the field.

Graduate level R&D activities are facilitated mainly through the postgraduate laboratory and 2 research laboratories (both of which are industrial collaborations). Moreover, the department is equipped with a telecommunication laboratory; digital electronics laboratory; analog electronics laboratory; optoelectronics laboratory; microwave laboratory, intelligent machines laboratory and a CAD laboratory that cater undergraduates as well. Computer laboratory supplements the activities by providing 24x7 access to computers; the Internet and the department intranet.

The senior academic staff is specialized in a wide range of fields: from electromagnetics to wireless communications; digital signal processing to VLSI design; medical & industrial electronics to tele-robotics; etc. The staff members are actively engaged in teaching as well as R&D activities.

The department conducts collaborative work with the industry in the areas of Telecommunications, Industrial Electronics and Computer Hardware. The services range from repair, calibration & measurement; specialized design & development to consultancy & training. The department is also a source of external resource personnel for the government, INGO and private institutions.

The programs conducted by the department are regularly revised to meet the changes in technology and the industry. Compulsory courses nurture the basics one needs to be conversant with, while a choice of career options is ensured through elective courses. Both theoretical and practical aspects of students' knowledge are focused during the lectures; lab sessions and June-term & final year projects. Placement as industrial trainees; industrial visits/ studies and seminars/mentoring programs are other means by which the students are given the industrial exposure.


Career options in ENTC

A wide range of job opportunities are available in telecommunication, ICT, electronics and automation industries for the graduates passing out from the department. The graduates are in great demand due to the high quality of the academic program and the ever increasing growth of relevant industries. All the graduates typically secure job offers even before they pass out, with starting salaries well above the Sri Lankan norms for fresh graduates.

The leading job provider has always been the telecommunication industry. The carrier opportunities are mostly in the forms of Telecommunication Engineers, Network Engineers, Information System Engineers, etc.

Although, Sri Lankan electronics industry is relatively at infancy, increasing opportunities are observed as organizations focus more and more on automation; system integration; etc. The trend has been anticipated from the beginning and well met by the department. Thus, an increasing number of our graduates start their career as Electronic Engineers.

IT industry, which boomed in the recent years, too has provided employment opportunities to many of the department's graduates. High analytical skills and conversance in most of established/ emerging software, hardware & firmware concepts are among the reasons that attract the industry to our graduates. The graduates are typically absorbed as Software Engineers, Software Developers and Application Consultants.

Considerable portion of the department's graduates pursue further studies (either here or abroad). Some of the alumnae are currently working with leading research institutions worldwide.


A glowing tribute...

ENTC is a field of rapid advancement, which has caused the scope of passing out graduates to change at an unparalleled rate. It is the feedback from the industry and the research community that facilitates us to proactively face the related challenges.

"Department Industry Consultative Board (DICB)" is an initiative to align our programs with the requirements of the industry. Regular meetings between the representatives of the industry and the academic staff ensure proper conveyance of industry's expectations in our graduates.

Mentoring program, in which the senior engineers, 'veterans' from the industry and other professionals hold guidance sessions for our undergraduates, is yet another interaction with the industry. It seeks to allow the students mould themselves for their career after graduation. It is an excellent opportunity for the mentors to pass on their experience & knowledge to the next generation.

Lectures, seminars and conferences form another aveneue of input to the Department. Contribution of Sri Lankan expatriate (especially our alumni) in this respect is praiseworthy.

Let this mentioning be a tribute to all these honorary contributors that render a silent but invaluable service!