With the vision of being a centre of excellence for the development of student potential for the beneﬁt of Sri Lanka and the rest of the world, the Sri Lanka Technological Campus (Pvt) Ltd (SLTC) was inaugurated in the year 2015 as a fully owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.
The SLT Campus is located at the SLT Satellite Earth Station in Padukka and is easily accessible from Colombo via common transport modes. The administrative office and the City Campus are based at TRACE Expert City in Maradana.
Padukka: A City with a Rich History
The town of Padukka is thought to have been founded as a camp site by the forces of the Seethawaka Kingdom in the 16th century CE, on the banks of the Pusweli Oya (a major tributary of Kelani river), at a location where the Arukwathu Oya (stream) joins the Pusweli Oya. It was a well-protected site with marshland and hills surrounding the site.
According to legend, the town got its name as it was under the “Naa”(Iron Wood) trees in the town that the Portuguese Army rested after being defeated by the Army of King Seethawa Rajasinghe in the battle at the adjoining Hanwella Fort. It was said that the defeated Portuguese army rested there until they settled their minds.
Padukka has also played a signiﬁcant role in other wars against Portuguese occupants as an integral part of the Hewagam Korale which literally means the korale (an administrative division) that provided soldiers (hewa).
According to the historical data, Sinhalese soldiers confronted the retreating Portuguese army, chased them down at the current Galagedera junction, and inﬂicted heavy casualties upon the Portuguese contingent.
Names of satellite villages bear testimony to the rich historical legacy of Sithawake Kingdom in the current Padukka area. Angampitiya which is just 4 miles from the city centre is believed to be the place where the king observed the kind of martial art known as Angam Poraya.
Kelimadala is believed to be the playground of Sithawake royalty.
Bope was a thick jungle according to the book Kunsthanthinu Hatana (Konstantine’s war) written by Alagiyawanna Mukaweti of “Subhasithaya” fame.
Moreover the area called “Legumbima”, in the adjoining village, “Udumulla”, had been a camp site of Portuguese Army.