After completing the studies on Printing Technology from London College of Printing (UK) in 1974 I rendered my services in the USA for a long period of time.
I was then appointed the Vice Chairman of INGRIN Institute of Printing &Graphics in 1997.
INGRIN Institute of Printing and Graphics was established in 1997,
to bridge the skills mismatch by offering training programs to impart knowledge on new technological developments to Sri Lanka 's printing, packaging and advertising industries.
The main strength of the Institute was the technical support received from The INGRIN Foundation of the Netherlands .
During the first year of operation, the Institute conducted only 11 training courses with participation of only 165 candidates. The Institute had maintained an impressive track record by increasing the number of courses as well as the number of candidates participated in the courses over the years.
The number of candidates trained by the Institute has been increased from 165 in 1998 to 1259 by 2006. The note worthy feature is that in addition to increasing the number of candidates,
the Institute had introduced a large number of new courses to equip personnel in the printing industry to meet the challenges of the rapid technological changes and developments in the global market place.
The Institute, which offered only 11 courses in 1998, now offers 21 regular training courses.
The Institute has been operating as a non-profit service oriented organization since its inception.
It charged very nominal course fees with a view to encourage better participation from small scale printing
establishments and unemployed youth interested in pursuing careers in the printing industry.
Extended training facilities to other countries in the region we have been able to provide training for number of overseas students in the year 2005,
and few more students have confirmed their enrollments and hope to arrive in Sri Lanka by the end of this year.
As we have been able to start Higher Diploma courses joining with National Institute Of Business Management,
now the students who seek to upgrade their knowledge will have a chance to acquire that through this
courses and will be able to enter Foreign Universities to follow the degree programs.
Further more we have been able to award a large number of scholarships to students who are unable to afford fee levying courses,
with the support of Printers, Suppliers of Printing Material and well wishers who have been
lending helping hand through out the past 10 years.
IThe plans of our Organisation are to expand the services in this nature to other main
cities such as Kandy and Kurunegala before the end of 2008.