The Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) is a diploma-awarding institute in Katunayake, Sri Lanka, specialising in the field of engineering. IET awards the National Diploma in Engineering Sciences (NDES) and was established as the Technician Training Institute (TTI) in 1985 to educate and train middle-level engineers in various engineering-based and allied fields. The Institute is organised under four divisions Academic, Industrial Training, Administration and Finance is with the mission of producing Engineering Technological Experts with sound knowledge in science and technology through teaching and learning, research, and internship. These graduates will be highly employable, dynamic and potential inventors who can actively participate in the socio-economic, scientific and technological advancement of the nation.
With the Vision to be internationally recognised for excellence in the teaching and research of subjects, IET has started a recognised four year National Diploma in Engineering Science with the mission to produce Multidisciplinary Engineering Technological experts that have developed skills to understand engineering concepts with modern technology skills to innovatively apply, modify and adapt engineering practices to meet engineering challenges and problems for communities, society and the environment of Sri Lanka. With the latest ongoing updated curriculum and syllabus, IET has the vision to be an internationally recognised excellence for teaching and research of Multidisciplinary Engineering Technological subjects.
Eng. D. R. Saputhantiri – Director/Principal of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) offered a very informative area of description of the programs of IET and its oncoming events along with the unique features and facets of the ongoing paraphernalia of the Institute.
Q: What is the current Academic status of the Institute of Engineering Technology?
“IET updated its facilities for education and training in modern technology with the aid of soft loan from Austrian Government and funds from Sri Lankan Government. Currently IET offers National Diploma in Engineering Sciences (NDES) diploma with the course which is based on dual training system where theoretical studies sandwiched with industrial training. Here theoretical instruction programs are conducted at the IET for the period of one and half years in three academic semesters and the Industrial Training is imparted at recognised Industrial Establishments for the period of two and half years in three training phases. Our current NDES syllabus is based on Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLFQ) which is coincided with National Vocational Quality Frame work (NVQF) standard Level 6 (NVQ Level 6)
Q: What are the objectives of the program of National Diploma in Engineering Sciences?
To prepare students to excel in the technical profession by providing a strong foundation in Engineering Technological subjects.
To transform Advanced Level qualified students into expert Technological Engineers so that they could participate in the development of the country by creating novel products and solutions to Multidisciplinary Engineering problems.
To train students to exhibit professionalism, keep up ethics in their profession and relate engineering issues to address the technical and social challenges.
To develop communication skills and teamwork and to nurture a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.
Q: Would you specify the outcome and the progress of the introduction of the new syllabus?
With the new developments under the Austrian project and NAITA board approvals, IET developed its syllabus in line with Sydney Accord requirement by the Academic Experts from University of Moratuwa under the guidance of Mentor appointed by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL). With the introduction of new syllabus, the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) could be able to offer Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree with the accreditation from IESL and empowering the Institute to offer Engineering Technology Degrees. IET commence to practice the newly developed curriculum and syllabus which fulfils the Sydney Accord requirements in year 2020, and its first batch will be pass out in year 2025
Q: What is the unique feature of updated Curriculum and syllabus?
Updated curriculum and syllabus (Bachelor of Engineering Technological Degree programs) is based on dual training system whilst theoretical studies sandwiched with industrial training. Theoretical Instruction Programs are conducted at the IET for the period of two and half years in five academic semesters and the industrial training is imparted at recognised Industrial Establishments for the period of one and half years in three training phases. With this concept this program is able to be mapped with NVQ framework level 7.
Q: What are the memorable events which are stepping in for the future?
“Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2025. There will be an Engineering Technology exhibition in commemoration with this special milestone. Building Services Engineering Program will be opened for the candidates for the year 2025 under the phase of Mechanical Engineering.
Q: How does the course structure change in accordance with the new curriculum and syllabi?
With the introduction of new curriculum and syllabi course structure changes as follows:
1st Academic Semester – Duration 26 Weeks
2nd Academic Semester – Duration 26 Weeks
1st Industrial Phase – Duration 26 Weeks
3rd Academic Semester – Duration 26 Weeks
4th Academic Semester – Duration 26 Weeks
2nd Industrial Phase – Duration 26 Weeks
5th Academic Semester – Duration 26 Weeks
3rd Industrial Phase – Duration 26 Weeks
Total Academic Period: 2 ½ Years
Total Industrial Training Period: 1 ½ Years
Total Course Period: 4 Years
Total Allocated Credits
Academic: 114 GPA Credits
Industrial Training: 6 GPA Credits + 12 Non-GPA Credits
Total Credits for the Course: 120 GPA + 12 non-GPA
Q: What are the entry requirements to follow programs at IET?
As for the New Syllabus, Student Enrolment, it is needed to pass all subjects in GCE A/L in mathematics stream (Combined Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) at one instance with a Credit pass for English Language in GCE O/L not more than three sittings”.