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The training was in Engineering for a two year course. The main target of this was to produce the needed technical personal for the country.

According various courses in engineering subjects were conducted and later-on in the year of 1972 courses on National Certificate in Technology was introduced to elevate standard of technical knowledge for those already working in the technical fields.
According to Gnanalingam report the first batch of NCT students sat for their final examination in 1974 (Report forwarded by S.Gnanalingam committee in August 1979 regarding technical education in Sri Lanka.)

Further this was pointed out that in the year 1974, 228 male and female students sat for their final exam in civil engineering through 6 technical Colleges, 264 in Mechanical Engineering field through 6 Technical Colleges, 195 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering through 5 Technical Colleges, 149 in Surveying and Quantity Surveying via 3 Technical Colleges in 1977.

Initially final examination was conducted by the Department of Examinations –Sri Lanka and from 1996 the Department of Technical Education and Training conducts the final examination.

From the year 2003 new advanced syllabuses were introduced to suit the fast developing technologies and in additional engineering subjects, subjects on Management were also introduced.

There is an increase of personal getting training in relevant fields in technical subjects and to cope up, same Technical Colleges conduct courses during Week ends and same on week days in the evening to cater those employed.

History Of NCT .
Technical Education in Sri Lanka was inaugurated by Mr. Edwin Human on 10th November 1893.The training center was named as Government Technical School and which located at Old Coffee Stores in Maradana adjacent to terminus of the Government Railway.

There were 25 students. A workshop, Experimental Laboratory, Lecture room, Drawing room and a Classroom formed the school. The staff consisted of superintendent and two instructors, a foreman a carpenter and a fitter.