Group of BSc (Hons) IT students’ Industrial Visit to the CodeGen International on Friday, 15th February 2019
Our first year students who are studying for the BSc (Hons) in IT and BIT (Hons) in Networking and Mobile Computing were required to go for an industrial visit for their Emerging Technology module. During this visit, CodeGen International touched upon the functions and operations of their company and the latest technologies they are using. In addition, our students were able to observe the working environment to get a feel of their potential working places.
Are you at the crossroads in choosing the correct degree path for your future? Horizon Campus now offers you the opportunity of reading for a prestigious Bachelor of Laws (LL. B degree through the University of London International programmes. Your parents may advise you on a degree of choice. Your friends may persuade you to join a particular institution to follow your course of study. Your interests may vary according to the programme of study, the particular university or the facilities on offer. Following are some of the questions and answers that we at Horizon Campus believe, would help you in making that correct choice for your future.Q. Why select Horizon to read for a Degree?
A: The reasons for setting up Horizon Campus is based on offering the best possible educational service which is internationally recognized and qualitatively par excellence to students in a university style teaching-learning environment. This alone makes Horizon Campus stand out against all other private educational service providers in Sri Lanka. The location and the state of the art facilities at the campus offer a congenial environment to implement the holistic concept of education. The value additions of in house accommodation, transport facilities for campus students, facilities for sports activities, added the qualified panel of lecturers, provide a unique and distinctive benefit for prospective students, who desire a “true campus atmosphere” of higher education. This forms the very heart of the philosophy of education at Horizon Campus, which is a conceptually profound deviation from the traditional “study center”, confined to mere intra-mural lectures.Q. Any Local/International recognitions Horizon Campus has received in the past 8 years?
A: Horizon Campus is a Ministry of Higher Education Approved (MoHE)/UGC recognized higher education institutions having been granted the right to award its own degree programmes. It is also a founder member of the Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher education Institutions (SLANSHEI), which was formed in the year 2016. Furthermore, Horizon is also only 1 of 3 Non-State Higher education Institutions to have membership in the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in Sri Lanka. Horizon has also been granted membership by the APQN & INQAAHE, which are International Quality Assurance agencies, thus validating the attention to quality education, that Horizon Campus has strived to achieve over the past 8 years.
Apart from these recognitions, Horizon Campus has also been recognized by the University of London; Nilai University, Malaysia; Arkansas State University, USA & the University of Moratuwa as a partner institution in delivering international/Local programmes to Sri Lankan students. More recently Horizon Campus has also signed a MoU with the Essex University, UK to provide further opportunities at Undergraduate & post graduate levels in the near future.
Q. What are the programmes on offer from the University of London?
A: We at Horizon have taken the responsibility to prepare students and undertaken the task of providing lectures and support services for the LL. B degree offered by the world renowned University of London, within the axis of the International Programmes.Q . What about the Teaching Faculty?
A: We have recruited a vibrant and enthusiastic panel of lecturers, under whose guidance the degree programme could be completed within a period of three years. The lecture panel in particular, comprise of academics and professionals who have the knowledge and practical experience, in the field of Law, and who are prepared to mentor students through the period of study.
Q. How costly is it to read for a Degree programme at Horizon Campus?
A: The sole motivation of the management of Horizon is to make higher education affordable to many. It is this vision that has persuaded us to run our programmes at a very affordable cost for students who select UoL Degree programme. Scholarships schemes are in place for students who do well at the O/L, A/L exams and also for those who perform well at the scholarship exams.
Horizon also offers easy payment schemes and bank loans are also arranged for students who wish to apply for the same.Q. What are the benefits that a young student who has completed his/her A/L’s get from following a degree at Horizon Campus?
A: The benefits that a student receives by reading for a degree at Horizon Campus are many.
Recognition of Horizon Campus.
Smaller class sizes. Individual attention of lecturers.
Continuous, excellent pass rates over the last seven years.
The opportunity of concurrently work/study, according to the class schedule at Horizon.
The Opportunity of completing professional qualifications, whilst reading for a degree during weekends.
One gets the opportunity of studying for a prestigious degree awarded by the University of London, within your home. This provides a student with the peace of mind to face the challenges thrown by the degree programme.
An LLB graduate from UoL currently has the possibility of entering the Sri Lanka Law College on direct entry.Q. How do I get in contact with Horizon Campus?
A: You could always get in contact with one of our well trained coordinators via the following numbers or visit us on www.horizoncampus.edu.lk For inquiries on the Degree Programmes and Registration, Call Thilina on 0716 613 613 or Jayomi on 0713 531 531 or 0114 365 555. You could also visit us at No. 482/B, Suhada Mawatha, Millenium Drive, Chandrika Kumaranathunga Mawatha, Malabe.
Our first year students who are studying for the BSc (Hons) in IT and BIT (Hons) in Networking and Mobile Computing were required to go for an industrial visit for their Emerging Technology module. During this visit, IFS Sri Lanka touched upon the functions and operations of their company and the latest technologies they are using. In addition, our students were able to observe the working environment to get a feel of their potential working places.
Combining the best of biotechnology knowledge and business studies, Horizon Campus now offers a degree that helps their students translate scientific research into innovative products and viable business opportunities in the marketplace.
The degree offered in affiliation with the Nilai University in Malaysia , delivers teachings drawn from industry experts and high quality academic faculty that includes real life cases, insight into bio ventures, and modules on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization, Co-Curricular Activities, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Professional Development, Public Speaking, Graduate Preparation and Basic Business Administration.
The key purpose of this degree is to prepare and train students to work in a multidisciplinary environment along with top health professionals and leading organizations in the industry. The program, which is taught in conjunction with business practices offers a more updated and practical training that is better aligned with companies and their current requirements in the field of science. Using world-leading research staff, business experts and mentors, students are provided with key academic and business skills needed to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector.
The Business Studies area also offers training that is analytically rigorous and connected to practice through class discussions based on real-life business cases, company visits, guest speakers, and an internship experience.
Speaking of the degree, Dean of the Faculty of Science Dr.Lekha Wanasekera stated “As the world becomes hungrier for products and technologies that are greener, safer and more efficient, the biotechnology industry which utilizes cellular and bio molecular processes to develop products and technologies is set to boom.” Ms. Harshi Amarasekara, a lecturer at Faculty of Science further mentioned that graduates with additional skills in business who can navigate a product’s journey to market will be in great demand. This is the reason we designed this degree to comprise of business disciplines that are an integral part of today’s organizations. Hence the students who are registered with us for this degree have the opportunity to enhance a variety of skills such as communication, present information clearly in both written and oral form, working in teams, self-management, self-motivation, self-discipline , learning skills, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills, moral and professional ethics and taking ownership of responsibilities. Overall, the degree is designed to expose students to gain a high proficiency in biotechnology and business along with a focus on the development of their inner character.”
This carefully selected combination, coupled with relevant industry experience and a strong focus on teamwork, is set to provide Horizon graduates with a truly interdisciplinary educational experience that will be key to higher salaries, job security and career advancement. Horizon Campus through offering degrees of this nature, is setting a benchmark for other higher education institutes in the country, to provide the valuable and suitable skills required by the industry and in giving a competitive advantage to their students
Interested parties in the said field can obtain further information by visiting www.horioncampus.edu.lk or visiting Horizon Campus at Malabe.
Self-limiting gene to curd SENA – Wayamba University and the HorizonCampus have identified a self-limiting gene to destroy the eggs of the Fall Armyworm
The Nano Technology Department of the Wayamba University and the Horizon Campus have identified a self-limiting gene to destroy the eggs of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda).
They are working together to develop this gene in their own labs to find a permanent solution for the crisis. According to them, this can be applied to a large area like 10,000 -15,000 acres within one day using drones. They have already tested this gene on affected-fields in Ukraine as well and the cost of applying this to a one-acre plot of land is estimated around Rs. 200 – Rs. 300.null
Spread of FAW
The Fall Armyworm is a pest which can destroy more than 80 kinds of plants, including maize, rice, sugarcane and cotton. It has spread throughout North, South and Central America, where it has caused significant crop damage for decades. The FAW has developed resistance to insecticides in a number of regions and growers are in need of new solutions to control this pest.
According to an Agriculture and Biosciences International Centre report, the FAW has caused an estimated US dollars 13.8 billion loss to maize, sorghum, rice and sugarcane cultivations in Africa.
Since 2016, the Fall Armyworm has been spreading throughout Africa and is now found in at least 28 countries. Native to America, the FAW was identified in Sri Lanka last year and has rapidly spread over the entire country. It has infected nearly 50 percent of the maize cultivation in the country, extending to 82,000 hectares. If it infects the export-oriented crops, we may face some problems in exporting as well.
Efforts to control FAW
Considering the damage caused by the FAW to the country, the Wayamba University and the Horizon campus dedicated their efforts to identifying and providing a rapid solution to the issue. According to them, this self-limiting gene is the heart of this method of insect control. When male insects with the self-limiting gene are released to reproduce with wild females, all of their offspring receive a copy of this gene. The self-limiting gene disrupts the proper functioning of their cells by flooding the insect’s cells with a protein to stop them from properly expressing other essential genes needed for development and preventing the offspring from surviving until adulthood.
Since the self-limiting gene functions by using the insect’s own biology against itself, this method of control provides a solution that only affects the particular species of pest without introducing harmful toxins.
They have also designed insects that can turn-off the self-limiting gene with an antidote called tetracycline. This allows breeding insects on a large scale without the need for any additional genetic engineering.
They are aiming to introduce a marker gene into insects, which expresses a protein called ‘DsRed2’. Like the self-limiting gene, it will also be inherited by all offspring. This protein is found in the body of the larvae and pupae and glows red under a special light. As a result, these insects can be easily identified apart from the wild ones.
The marker gene is vital for a control programme as it allows scientists to easily identify the offspring of target insects while enabling their tracking-and-tracing in the wild. The number of offspring of the self-limiting insects and wild ones can be calculated through the examination of larvae in the field. This makes it a highly useful tool for quality control in production and effective monitoring in the field. They use that data to tailor the releases and ensure high levels of pest suppression.
As the marker is integrated into the insect’s DNA, this method provides a better monitoring tool compared to fluorescent dust or food dyes used in other insect control programmes.
About the self-limiting gene
1. The self-limiting gene produces a tetracycline-controlled trans-activator protein.
The self-limiting gene creates a protein called tetracycline-controlled trans-activator (tTAV protein). One section of the self-limiting gene contains a binding site called tetO.
2. tTAV protein binds to tetO, producing positive feedback.
The tTAV protein binds to the tetO site on the self-limiting gene. This works as positive feedback, informing the gene to produce more tTAV. As the amount of tTAV protein is increased, there is more positive feedback, and even more protein is created.
3. High levels of tTAV prevent cells from working properly.
Once there is enough tTAV protein, it interferes with the machinery which cells use to control the expression of genes. Essential genes are not expressed, and the insects die while they are still pupae or larvae.
In some research, both male and female insects die, while in others the gene only affects female insects.
4. The self-limiting gene can be turned off with an antidote.
When the pests are reared with an antidote called tetracycline, the tTAV protein binds to the antidote instead of tetO. There is no positive feedback, so levels of tTAV remain low and the insect survives.
They said they can breed these self-limiting insects by adding tetracycline to their food. However, in the wild their offspring do not have access to tetracycline and so they die.
According to their statement, if government authorities can test this gene on affected grounds, the waste of public money can be stopped. Further, this team is willing to extend their support to the government to develop this kind of technology in the country without depending on imported pesticides.
Even the use of some natural extractions like neem oil may kill other environmental-friendly species that are important to agriculture. It is hard to control the FAW even after applying natural or artificial pest control techniques.
Usually, one single egg will lead to 2,000 eggs, but the technique they proposed will destroy each and every egg that remains in the field, without allowing the pest to regenerate.
Academicians involved in this project:
* Prof. C.A.N Fernando, Nano Science Technology Department, Technology Faculty, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya
* Prof. Ajith C. Herath, Applied Science Faculty, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale.
* Prof. L. Obeysekara, Technology Faculty, Horizon Campus, Malabe
* Prof. P Samarasekera, Physics Department, University of Peradeniya
* Prof. D.P.S.T.G Attanayake, Biotechnology Department, Wayamba University, Makandura
*Prof. R.C.W.M.R.A Nugawela, Biotechnology Department, Wayamba University, Makadura
* Prof. Aruni Weerasinghe, Plant Science Department, Agriculture Faculty, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura.
* Prof. D.P.S.T.G Attanayake, Biotechnology Department, Wayamba University, Makadura
* Prof. Sanath Rajapakse, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department, Science Faculty, University of Peradeniya
* Prof. Sanath Hettiaracchi, Applied Sciences Faculty, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale
* Prof. Rohan Weerasooriya, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy
* Prof. B. Obeysekara, Australia
* Prof. Ronald Hummel, Germany
* Dr. PSB Wanduragala (Coordinator) – Secretary, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy
* Dr. K.H Sarananda, Bio Systems Engineering Department, Wayamba University, Makadura
* Dr. Upaneth Liyanarchchi (Coordinator), Nano Science Technology Department, Technology Faculty, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya
* Dr. Pradeep Perera, Nano Science Technology Department, Technology Faculty, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya
* Dr. Nimali Tharangani De Silva (Coordinator)- Nano Science Technology Department, Technology Faculty, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya
* Dr. Asanka Rajapakse, Nano Science Technology Department, Technology Faculty, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya
* Dr. Malita Abeykoon, Bells Lab Communication PLC , Sri Lanka
Reference : Daily News – 06th February 2019