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A participant of the programme receiving a tab from Dean, Dr. Nihal de Silva

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) last week went paperless by distributing tablet computers among their nursing students.

The event was participated by over 30 students of the nursing programme, the Deputy Chairman of IIHS Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe and the Dean, Dr. Nihal de Silva.

Dr. Edirisinghe said that the idea behind distributing tabs was to link the students with the wealth of knowledge that is available online and to make it accessible at all times.

“When we were students, we had to use our imagination to understand how a brain or a heart worked; everything was in 2D. But now, everything is available for you online just within the reach of a click. We hope you make the maximum use of the technology and resources that has been made available to you,” he said addressing the students.

Meanwhile Dr. Nihal de Silva reminisced his time during Japan as a student and said that the main reason why Japanese were so developed was because they wasted no time. Likewise, he encouraged the students to use and read whenever time permits. He said the tab would eliminate the need for carrying heavy textbooks like back in the day.

Through the tabs, the students are able to access the library of the Open University of Malaysia which has over two million books and is regarded as one of Asia’s largest.

Located in Wattala, IIHS is a healthcare training institute which consists of 04 main faculties, namely Nursing, Paramedical Sciences and Health Management and the supportive faculty of languages.