Industrial training methods adopted in undergraduate programmes in Sri Lanka

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Industrial training methods adopted in Sri Lankan universities can be classified as structured, problem-oriented and informal. They have evolved not through conscious planning but because of increasing difficulties in finding training positions in industry. Of the three categories, structured training appears to be the most effective, while problem-oriented training places much reliance on the commitment of the trainee. The least effective is the informal type, which can only be successful by chance. If university-industry cooperation is to be strengthened, staff interaction has to increase. Factory visits, guest lectures, industrial research, laboratory assistance to industry, consultancies, continuing education programmes and the establishment of liaison units are some appropriate mechanisms (Galagedera 1986). The media, the technical press, manufacturers' associations, local authorities and professional associations are possible sources of support for industrial training (Fahy 1986).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-364
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Review of Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1990
Externally publishedYes

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