Hardy Advanced Technological Institute (Ampara)

Hardy Advanced Technological Institute
Hardy Advanced Technological Institute or Hardy ATI (Sinhala: හාඩි උසස් තාක්ෂණ ආයතනය) is a higher educational institution situated in Ampara town, Sri Lanka. It was founded by Evan Alan Hardy, a retired professor from Canada.

E.A. Hardy & the institute
After retiring from the University of Saskatchewan of Canada, Prof. Evan Alan Hardy arrived in Sri Lanka to start dryland Agriculture for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 1956, he became the founding director of the Regional Technical Training Institute for South Asia funded by the Colombo Plan. The institute was linked to the Gal Oya Project to train labourers and officials (Wijesundera, 2006).

On 16 January 1956, 30 students commenced their training at the institute and completed the courses in April 1958 (Wijesundera, 2006). Besides the local trainees, students from South and South-East Asia studied under Professor Hardy from 1956 until his death in 1963 and then with other professors until the 1970s. Hardy died of a sudden heart attack in December 1963 and his remains were cremated and the ashes were interred in the institution premises according to his wishes (Wijesundera, 2006).

In 1997, the Technical Training Institute became the Hardy Advanced Technological Institute. Presently, it is governed by the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE), a statutory board under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education.

See also

1) Wijesundera, S.D.S., 2006. Constructions through the ages. Centenary commemoration publications 1906-2006. The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka. pp.62-64.

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This page was last updated on 7 January 2023

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