The Hardy Advanced Technology Institute in Ampara will be upgraded as a university parallel to the Deyata Kirula exhibition in 2013.The Sri Lankan government spends Rs. 1.075 billion for the constructions in the Hardy Institute which is the venue of the exhibition said the Chairman of Sri Lanka's development exhibition Deyata Kirula and Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya.
Once upgraded, the 56-year old institute will be the Sri Lanka’s first technology university.
Hardy Advanced Technology Institute is named after Canadian born scholar Prof. Evan Alan Hardy. The institute offers a number of well recognized technological courses.
The Hardy Advanced Technological Institute (HATI) in the western end of the Ampara town was a prominent technical education institution in Sri Lanka that produced advanced skilled engineers demanded by the country’s economy just after its independence. Although it does not attract much public attention today, the institute boasts the record of a glorious era in technical education in Sri Lanka.