Who we are
The Department of Computer Science (DCS) was established in early 1991 in the Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna, introducing Computer Science as a subject for the Physical Science students. Professor K. Kunaratnam was appointed as the first Head of the Department. A Senior Lecturer, Mr. S. Kanaganathan, and two Assistant Lecturers Mr. S Mahesan and Mr. M. Umasuthan were transferred to the Department from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. A portion of the ground floor of the “Mathematics block” was assigned to the Department. Until end of 1991, the Computer Unit and the Department of Computer Science had the same premises for the microcomputer laboratory. Then a laboratory was allocated separately to the Department.
Since 2007 the DCS is offering a four-year degree programme named as Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science for the students who are admitted directly by the UGC under the Computer Science stream. Since 2008 the department was allocated two more portions: The extended Physics Department’s block towards Mathematics block and the entire ground floor of the Mathematics block, to cater the students admitted to direct intake for computer science degree programme. At present the DCS is housed in the entire ground floor of the Mathematics Block and in the ground & first floors of the New Science Block adjacent to the Office of the Dean/Science.
The vision of the Department is to be recognised centre of Computer Science learning in Sri Lanka.
The mission of the Department is to produce competent graduates who excel in learning and research in computer science and who could contribute to the development of the nation.
Our undergraduate programmes provide a solid grounding for a future career in computer science.
Our postgraduate research programmes offer opportunities to fast-track graduates’ career.
We have built strong linkages with IT-industries. From 2010 to 2016, the DCS was annually organising a two-day industrial visit to Colombo with the support of the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) to the following IT companies:
99x Technology | CodeGen | hSenid Mobile Solutions | IFS | Millennium IT | MicroImage | Pearson Lanka | Virtusa | WSO2 | Zone 24x7
Moreover, the DCS with the support of SLASSCOM has organised the first IT/BPO industrial meet up named as “Jaffna IT Conference 2014” with the theme of “Empowering the leaders of Tomorrow” which was held on the 6th of December 2014 at the University of Jaffna. In this conference a line-up of Sri Lanka’s leading CEOs have delivered keynote speeches. The conference was well attended by 150 IT and Computer Science undergraduates including other State universities. Through this linkage the department has started to contribute to building human resources capacity in IT/BPM sectors in Jaffna. Furthermore, 40% - 50% of our computer science undergraduates are offered positions as software engineers while being in their fourth year. Since 2017, the DCS has initiated four to six months Industrial Training for its Level-3S and Level-3M students. A total of 60 students from its first batch have obtained internships at IT industries in Sri Lanka.