Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education

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Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE)
ශ්‍රී ලංකා උසස් තාක්ෂණ අධ්‍යපන ආයතනය
இலங்கை உயர் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்
Former name
Junior University Colleges (Sri Lanka)
Type Public
Established 1893 Ceylon Technical College
1956 Hardy Technical Training Institute (HTTI)
1969 Junior University Colleges (Sri Lanka)
1995 Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE)
Director General Dr. W. Hilary E. Silva
Students 24,697
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
6°55′25″N 79°51′41″E / 6.923718°N 79.861448°E / 6.923718; 79.861448Coordinates: 6°55′25″N 79°51′41″E / 6.923718°N 79.861448°E / 6.923718; 79.861448
Campus Main campus:Dehiwala
Colours Orange, black and white
Affiliations Ministry of Higher Education and Highways (Sri Lanka) and Government of Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE) (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා උසස් තාක්ෂණ අධ්‍යපන ආයතනය Tamil: இலங்கை உயர் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்) is a statutory body coming under the control of the Sri Lankan Higher Education Ministry which offers Higher National Diploma courses. At present, it manages and supervises twelve provincial Advanced Technological Institutes throughout the island.[1][2] The Institute is traditionally known for its education in the accountancy and engineering.[3][4] As per the recommendations of the Committee appointed by Prof. Wiswa Waranapala, Deputy Minister of Higher Education in 1994, the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education (SLIATE) was formed in 1995, under the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education Act No. 29 of 1995, In 2001 the name of the institution was amended as Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education, (SLIATE).


Hardy Advanced Technological Institute[edit]

The Hardy Advanced Technological Institute (also known as Hardy Technical College)[5][6] is a engineering college located in Ampara, Sri Lanka.[7] Founded in 1956 by Prof. Allen Hardy as the Technical Training Institute with aid from the Colombo Plan, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Asia Foundation, it was renamed as Hardy Senior Technical Institute (HSTI) in 1967.[8] The 1951 Prof. Allen Hardy, arrived from Canada in Sri Lanka as the UN/FAP Advisor to the Department of Agriculture. He worked at the Maha Illuppalama Agricultural Centre and later was appointed to direct a training programme and to set up The TTI with “Honesty-Training-Industry” as its motto. Courses for the first batch of students commenced on 14 January 1956. The institute conducted two-years Diploma Courses in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Agriculture Engineering. The United Kingdom and Canada classified the TTI as a Regional Technical Training Institute (RTTI) for South East Asian Countries under the Colombo Plan.

From 15 January 1956 to the time of his death on 4 December 1963 (while serving TTI), Prof. Allen Hardy served in the TTI not only to make engineers of men who had no mechanical experience but also to get them to assume their responsibility ‘on-the-job’. As a tribute him, TTI was renamed Hardy Technical Training Institute (HTTI) after his death.

In 1967, the institute was handed over to the Technical Education Unite of the Ministry of Education and subsequently, renamed the Hardy Senior Technical Institute (HSTI).

In 1976, the National Diploma in Technology (NDT) engineering second-year courses were transferred from HSTI to Katubedda which later became a separate unit under the University of Moratuwa. In 1980, all Diploma level engineering courses were transferred to the University of Moratuwa except NDT (Agriculture) and other trade courses.

Dehiwala Advanced Technological Institutes[edit]

The Dehiwala Advanced Technological Institutes was a Junior University Colleges (Sri Lanka) in Sri Lanka (earlier Ceylon) from 1969 until was subsumed by the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education to form a new entity also called Dehiwala Advanced Technical Institute.[9][10]

The concept of the junior college is spreading rapidly throughout the world.The government of Ceylon established the six Junior University Colleges, in 1969.[12]

Part xvi of the Higher Education Act No. 20 of 1966 [13] provides for the establishment of Junior University Colleges in Ceylon. These are two-year colleges providing courses with a practical bias designed to meet the manpower requirements of the developing nation. The primary aim of the Junior College is the further democratization of education by extending it to beyond the secondary level.[14]

The Junior University Colleges give the higher educational opportunity to many high potential students who were barred from admission to the university system.The JuniorUniversity College strived to meet the manpower needs of both the public and the private sector, emphasizing employment-oriented rather than purely academic education that leads directly to job placement[15]

The idea of a Junior University Colleges of Ceylon was proposed by the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs of Ceylon,I. M. R. A. IriyagollaIn 1965, He visited the United States to study institutions of higher education.Among the institutions visited were the junior colleges of Southern California, was impressed with what he saw and "returned to Ceylon with renewed enthusiasm and determination to provide semi-professional education for his nation" The junior university colleges system is at the apex of Ceylon's educational reforms. Although many educators and politicians supported the philosophy behind the movement.[16][17]

Other Campuses[edit]

  1. Kandy ATI[18][19]
  2. Kurunagala ATI[20][21]
  3. Badulla ATI[22][23]
  4. Jaffna ATI[24]
  5. Naiwala ATI[25]
  6. Trincomalee ATI[26]
  7. Labuduwa ATI [27][28][29][30][31][32]
  8. Colombo ATI[33][34]
  9. Dehiwala ATI[35]
  10. Kegalle ATI[36]
  11. Tangalle ATI[37]


The following is a list of Advanced Technological Institute Sections:[citation needed][38]

  1. Anuradapura Technical College[39][40]
  2. Rathnapura Technical College[41]
  3. Sammanthurai Technical College[42]
  4. Batticaloa Technical College[43]


Advanced Technology Institute conducts 12 courses:[citation needed]

Higher National Diploma in Accountancy[edit]

The Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) program is the first professional accounting course introduced in Sri Lanka.[citation needed] It was started in 1943 as the National Diploma in Accountancy with the aim of detecting and preventing frauds, errors, and malpractices in Ceylon Tea Estates and Ceylon Railway. Then, it was converted to a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) in 1946. The Ceylon Technical College at Maradana was set up by the colonial government in 1893, accounting education was not given a place in its programs for another fifty years. Only after 1942 did the Ceylon Technical College take steps to organise and offer certificate and diploma courses in accounting. Accordingly, a commercial certificate course for bookkeepers and a diploma course for prospective accountants were launched by the Technical College in 1943 and 1946 respectively. These courses were modeled on similar programs of studies offered in the U.K. Since the Diploma in Accountancy was a four-year evening course offered at the professional level the admission to the course was restricted to those who were engaged in accounting related activities.The curriculum of this course was quite similar to those of the leading professional accounting bodies in the U.K.[44]

Other Courses[edit]

  1. HNDBA (Higher National Diploma in Business Administration)
  2. HNDBF (Higher National Diploma in Business Finance)
  3. HNDBSE (Higher National Diploma in Building Service Engineering)
  4. HNDFT (Higher National Diploma in Food Technology)
  5. HNDE (Higher National Diploma in Engineering)
  6. HND in English
  7. HNDIT (Higher National Diploma in Information Technology)
  8. HNDM (Higher National Diploma in Management)
  9. HNDT - Agri (Higher National Diploma in Technology)
  10. HNDTHM (Higher National Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management)
  11. HNDQS (Higher National Diploma in Quantity Survey)


In 1990, the Public Administration Circular 46/90 recognized the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) as equal to a Bachelor of Commerce degree program. With was repealed by the Rajapaksa administration. Following protests by student in 2015 after the Rajapaksa administration was defeated, the new administration reinstated the Public Administration Circular 46/90 giving HNDA degree equal status.[45]


  1. ^ Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education SLIATE. 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Asian Development Bank. The National Qualifications Framework for Skills Training Reform in Sri Lanka. Asian Development Bank, 2011.
  3. ^ Dundar, Halil, Benoît Millot, Yevgeniya Savchenko, Harsha Aturupane, and Tilkaratne A. Piyasiri. Building the skills for economic growth and competitiveness in Sri Lanka. World Bank Publications, 2014.
  4. ^ The Towers of Learning: Performance, Peril and Promise of Higher Education in Sri Lanka. World Bank, 2009.
  5. ^ Ampara ATI Location
  6. ^ Ampara Area
  7. ^ Birth Commemoration of Prof. Evan Alan Hardy
  8. ^ Dahanayake, C., and H. D. Gunawardhana. "Tertiary education in the physical sciences." Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka 26.3 (2012).
  9. ^ Kent, Allen (1971). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. CRC Press. 
  10. ^ C. C. Collins, Philip (1969-12-07). "The Junior University Colleges". Ceylon Times. Colombo. 
  11. ^ Harbison, Frederick."Problems Newly Developing Countries.H.R. 14643.Washington, D.1966.of Developing Higher Educationin the"Selected Readings, to SupplementC.: U.S. Government Printing Office,
  12. ^ Nath Sharma, Ravindra (2008). Challenges for South Asian Resources and Information Services (1st ed.). Concept Publishing Company. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Kintzer, Frederick C. "Planning for the Future: A First Term Evaluation of Ceylon's Junior University Colleges." Newsletter of the US Educational Foundation 6.11 (1969).
  15. ^ Rudd L.The Junior College in International Perspective, California ., Los Angeles. ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Coll. Information.
  16. ^ Kintzer, Frederick C."Accent on Action in Higher Education--Ceylon's New Junior University Colleges." Newsletter. United StatesEducational Foundation. Ceylon, March 1969.
  17. ^ Wikipedia contributors. "I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 6 Jul. 2017. Web.8 Aug. 2017
  18. ^ Kandy ATI Website
  19. ^ Kandy ATI Location
  20. ^ Kurunegala ATI Website
  21. ^ Kurunegala ATI Location
  22. ^ Badulla ATI Website
  23. ^ SLIATE HND Helps
  24. ^ Jaffna ATI Location
  25. ^ Naiwala ATI Website
  26. ^ Trincomalee ATI
  27. ^ Labuduwa ATI Website
  28. ^ Labuduwa ATI Location
  29. ^ Labuduwa ATI Directress Message
  30. ^ Labuduwa ATI Photo
  31. ^ Labuduwa ATI Facebook Group
  32. ^ HNDIT Website
  33. ^ Labuduwa ATI Students transfer to Colombo (Mattakkuliya) ATI
  34. ^ Colombo (Mattakkuliya) ATI HNDE Application
  35. ^ Dehiwala HNDIT Fan Page
  36. ^ ATI Website
  37. ^ ATI Website
  38. ^ ATI Sections - SLIATE
  39. ^ Anuradapura Technical College Location
  40. ^ Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka
  41. ^ Rathnapura Technical College
  42. ^ Sammanthurai Technical College Location
  43. ^ Batticaloa Technical College Location
  44. ^ Wijewardena, Hema, and Senarath Yapa. "Colonialism and accounting education in developing countries: The experiences of Singapore and Sri Lanka." The International Journal of Accounting 33.2 (1998): 269-281.
  45. ^ Govt. recognises HNDA as equal to Bachelor of Commerce degree