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In the early and mid 1970’s the government of Sri Lanka pursued a closed economic policy. During this period from an essentially agro-based economy, Sri Lanka progressively transformed  into an  agro / industrial  and  liberalized  economy.  With  this liberalized economic policy regulations for importation has been removed. An individual or an organization is free to import brand new vehicles or used vehicles. This  gives rise to the large volume of motor vehicle influx to the country. The  increase of motor vehicles in certain years from 1977 to 1985 was phenomenal.
At 1977 the total number of vehicles was only 208,026. By 1985 the number of registered vehicles  on  the  roads  of  Sri Lanka  had  increased  to  523 , 723  over a 100% increase, signifying  the  country’s  demand  for  motorized  transport.  With this dramatic growth of passenger  and   cargo  transportation   which  has  been  caused  by  the  liberalization  of economic activities of Sri Lanka in the endeavor to emerge us a newly industrialized country has paved the way to the promotion of motorization and automobile industry.

The  service and maintenance  needs  of   this  rapidly  increasing  influx of vehicles was handled by the import agencies and small , medium and way- side repair shops. The import agents had reasonably well equipped and scatted repair facilities.           

However,  small  scale  wayside repair  shops  do not  have formally  trained technicians and proper tools   and   equipments.  Further, the   vehicles   being   imported both brand  new  and  used incorporated   with   modern   advanced  technology  including electronic systems. Having deal with models mainly produced in the 1960’s  the  available  Sri  Lankan  technicians, beside being in adequate ,were far behind the technological  advances made  in 1970’s and 1980’s  rendering  their skills obsolete and irrelevant .This became very apparent with the liberalization   of   imports  to  Sri  Lanka  creating  an  urgent  demand for systematically trained technician  in the automobile sector.        

Due to remarkable increasing of vehicle population setting up a training institute which offer systematic theoretical and practical training for the repair and maintenance  of gasoline and diesel passenger cars and light trucks are becoming more and more important in the sector. With the need for a training institute for automobile technicians fairly clear the Government of Sri Lanka  made a request to the government of Japan for grant aid to establish a National Training centre for the "Automobile Industry”
       In response to the Government of Sri Lanka request the Government of Japan in February 1987, sent a preliminary study team to confirm the details of the request made by Government of Sri Lanka based on the results of the preliminary survey .The Government of Japan sent a basic design team through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) in June \July 1987 .The institute with support from the Japanese Government was inaugurated in November 1989.

Historical Background and outline

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