Kelani Cables PLC enrolls 55 new students to its unmatched CSR program ‘Kelani Saviya’

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Kelani Cables PLC, the company that produces Sri Lanka’s number one brand of secure electrical and communication cables, ‘Kelani Cables’ enrolled 55 new students to its unmatched CSR program, ‘Kelani Saviya’ in 2023. 

Participants of the eleventh Kelani Saviya CSR program posing with the Peradeniya University’s faculty and Kelani cables PLC senior management

‘Kelani Saviya’ the award winning one-year electrical technicians’ training program is done by Kelani Cables PLC in association with the engineering faculty of the Peradeniya University since 2007. 

‘Kelani Saviya’ is the one and only electrical technicians training program in Sri Lanka that endows participants with a University certificate on completion of the program. All costs pertaining to the program are incurred by Kelani cables PLC. 

Kelani Saviya was commissioned in 2007 following signing of a MOU between Peradeniya University’s former Vice Chancellor Prof S B S Abeykoon and Kelani Cables Former Managing Director Hemantha Perera.

According to the stipulated terms and conditions of the MOU the CSR program was to end in 2012. However, Kelani Cables PLC Director/CEO Mahinda Saranapala knowing the immense benefits offered through the program for novices to acquire know-how and even find foreign employment, took steps to extend the program for a further period. Thus the program was extended for a further period of five years till 2017. 

‘Kelani Saviya’ then became a top-of –the-mind program of budding electrical technicians of the country and was extended three times from 2012 to 2017, 2017 to 2022 and 2022 to 2027.

Mahinda Saranapala, Director/CEO, Kelani Cables PLC gracing the occasion of enrolling novices for the program said, ‘Kelani Saviya’ is only training program in the country which offers internationally recognized University certificates to the successful candidates. He said Kelani Cables company is proud to contribute towards this national level CSR program. He urged the participants to derive the utmost benefit from the program and brighten their professional future. 

Prof M D Lamawansa, Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University said, ‘Kelani Saviya’ CSR program adds value to it every year which is significant. 

Dr. Anil Munasinghe, GM Marketing, Kelani Cables PLC, said, “Kelani Saviya is the most comprehensive program done by a Sri Lankan private sector company partnering with the government sector. Being a student of this program hence is significant for a novice. The products of this program are fully-fledged electrical technicians with a university certificate. We pay our gratitude to the Peradeniya university for conducting this productive program.”

The program was also graced by Kelani Cables PLC Marketing Manager Channa Jayasinghe, Electronics and electrical engineering workshop director Dr Maheshi Dissanayake, Kelani Saviya program director, Prabhath Binduhewa and program coordinator, Jayantha Wijesinghe.

Kelani Cables PLC is a one hundred percent Sri Lankan company serving the nation for 53 years manufacturing electrical and communication cables. The company achieved “Super Brands” status in the electrical and telecommunication sector in 2008 for professional supremacy it demonstrated in the electrical and communication cables sphere. The company is ISO 9001and ISO 14001 certified. In 2017 Kelani Cables won World Class Global Performance Excellence Awards and the company won the Gold Award for B2B Brand of the year at the SLIM Brand Excellence in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2020 the company won the Silver Award for B2B Brand of the year and ‘Restart Sri Lanka Resilient Award’ for Large Scale manufacturing at the SLIM Brand Excellence CNCI industrial excellence award consecutively for 3 years from 2006 to 2008 and for this achievement was recognized with CNCI industrial excellence crystal ward in 2008. The company clinched Taiki Akimoto 5S Gold award in 2007, National Safety Gold Award in 2010, SLIM brand excellence 2013 Gold award in B2B category and SLITAD people development Gold award in 2013. In 2015 and in 2016 Kelani Cables was awarded Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award. The company won Best Green Reporter Gold award at 2016 Presidential Environmental Awards and 2016 National HR excellence Silver award. Kelani Cables was awarded the prestigious National Quality Award in 2016 for the company’s sustained business excellence. 

Kelani Cables PLC is one of the first companies in Sri Lanka that is signatory to National Green Reporting System. Owing to its health and safety oriented culture and environmental stewardship, Kelani Cables PLC has been certified globally recognized ‘Responsible Care’ charter. 

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