Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Moratuwa (UoM) to conduct research in driving and road safety. The MoU was signed between Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman & CEO of DIMO) and Professor Ananda Jayawardane (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa) on the 22nd of December 2011.
The research will be carried out by the Department of Transport & Logistics Management of the University of Moratuwa led by Senior Professor Amal Kumarage. DIMO is establishing a Driver Training Institute in Sooriyawewa which is schedule to open in mid 2012. The research findings will be used in developing a modern state-of-the-art driver training program for experienced drivers as well as for beginners. It will include research into driver training requirements, and new and innovative driving techniques for local and International conditions. The research findings will enable driver training to be conducted scientifically and practically in-order to be made more relevant and effective.
Approximately 2,500 road traffic fatalities occur every year. Nearly 300,000 accidents take place, most of which go unreported to Police. Annual cost of such accidents exceeds Rs 36 billion annually according to the Department of Transport and Logistics Management. During the signing Mr. Ranjith Pandithage stated “We are proud to partner with an institution such as the University of Moratuwa. Their research findings will undoubtedly enable DIMO to design timely, relevant and practical courses at the Driving and Technical Institute to international standards”.
Mr. A.L.J. Sadique (Registrar), Dr. T. Sivakumar (Head, Dept. of Transport & Logistics Management), Professor Rahula Attalage, Mr. S.N. Bentotage, Dr. Himan Punchihewa and Mr. Ranil Sugathadasa represented the University while Mr. Suresh Gooneratne (Director-DIMO), Mr. Ananda Mapalagama (GM-DIMO), Mr. Donald De Silva (DIMO Automobile Training School Manager) and Mr. Prabodha Silva (Business Development Manager-DIMO) represented DIMO at the signing.
DIMO has been adding value to the world’s best engineered brands in Sri Lanka since 1939. World class brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Osram, Siemens, Bosch, Komatsu, MTU, Michelin and TATA to name a few have kept their trust in DIMO for several decades to take their brands forward in Sri Lanka.