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  • 01 Oct 2013 7:09 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    A District Centre affiliated to the IESL Uva Provincial Centre  was established at Monaragala at a ceremony held in this connection at the Victory Inn, Moneragala. 

    Eng. Tilak De Silva, President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) and Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman ICT Committee of the IESL graced the occasion with their presence.

    Eng. S.N.B.M Padmasiri, Chairman, IESL Uva Provincial Centre welcomed the special guests and  large number of engineers from Monaragala, Bibile and Wallawaya areas of the Monaragala district who attended the event.

     Addressing the gathering Eng. Tilak De Silva explained his goal of making IESL accessible to its members at the district level. He said that this is the 6th such district centre established by the IESL up to now, the others being those at Kegalle, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Ampara and Batticaloa. He commended the Chairman, Eng. S.N.B.M Padmasiri and Executive Committee of the Uva Provincial Centre for their successful efforts towards establishing the Monaragala District Centre.

     Eng. Arjuna Manamperi did a presentation on ‘The Usage and Benefits of the new Membership Management System of the IESL’

    At the end of the formal session, all the engineers who gathered (around 60) converged to enjoy a "paduru patiya" and a sumptuous dinner made with local delicacies such as fresh water fish from the near by reservoirs

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  • 26 Sep 2013 3:52 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Engineering Excellence Awards 2013, the premier event of the year for rewarding outstanding achievements  by engineers and engineering enterprises organized by the IESL was held at the Cinnamon Grand on Tuesday, 24th September, 2013 from 7.00 pm onwards. Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development was the Chief Guest and Hon. Pavithra  Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power and Energy was the Guest of Honour for the   event.

    The most prestigious award of the event, Eminence in Engineering Award ,was bestowed upon Eng. Subasinghe Arachige Don Hector Sam Subasinghe ( Eng.H.S Subasinghe), former General Manager of CEB best recognized for his pioneering role in setting up the Lanka Electricity Company (LECO), to take over the dilapidated electricity distribution network maintained by local bodies and introduction of novel concepts such as Pole Mounted Distribution Transformers, Pre-stressed Concrete Poles, Spot Billing System, etc. to the LECO as its founder chairman. 

    The Excellence in Engineering Awards  were carried away by Prof.J.R.Lucas, Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering  of the University of Moratuwa, in the field of Electrical Engineering and by Eng. Mangala P.B Yapa, the dynamic MD/CEO of Colombo Dockyard Ltd, in the discipline of Marine Engineering  for his outstanding achievements in transforming  the company in to a world class shipbuilder and repairer and the attendant prestige, transfer of technologies and earning of foreign exchange it brought to the country . 

    The President’s Award, given at the discretion of the IESL President in recognition of outstanding contribution/initiative made towards achieving the institution’s plans, goals and objectives was this year bestowed upon Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, the architect of IESL’s current drive towards ICTization of its Secretariat functions and membership services and the force behind its new, cloud based, Membership Management System and Global Connectivity with its membership and international professional organizations. 

    A Special Appreciation Award was  bestowed on Eng. (Dr.) Ananda Ranasinghe, Immediate Past President of IESL for his outstanding contribution to the institution during his presidency and his continued support in the current session.

    The Young Chartered Engineer Awards, Social Responsibilities and Environment Award and Engineering Heritage Award  were won by the following personalities for their  outstanding performances as engineers in their respective fields as follows:

    Young Chartered Engineer Awards

    Eng. (Dr.) S Wickramaratne (Civil Engineering)

    Eng. S Nanayakkara (IT and Communication)

    Social Responsibilities and Environment Award

    Eng. D N J Ferdinando

    Engineering Heritage Award

    Eng. Gemunu Silva

    This year the competition was intense in Excellence in Engineering Awards for Organizations with 28 companies vying for the prestigious awards in their respective sectors. The ultimate winners were as follows:


    Manufacturing (Large)

    Ceylon Biscuits Limited  -  Main Award 

    Neil Fernando & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd.  – Merit Award

    Infrastructure – Construction

    MAGA Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd. – Main Award

    Access Engineering PLC – Merit Award

    Infrastructure - Services

    Road Development Authority – Main Award

    Dialog Axiata PLC – Merit Award

    Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd. – Merit Award

    Engineering Services

    Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau – Main Award

    Ace Power Embilipitiya (Pvt.) Ltd. – Merit Award

    The most prestifious Award for Excellence in Engineering Journalism was won by Mr. Nihal P Abeysinghe  of the Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd. for his outstanding reporting in the print media to further  public understanding and promotion of engineering while Mr. Thusitha Hemantha  of  Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation won a Merit Award under the same category for his outstanding contribution through the  electronic media.

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  • 26 Sep 2013 12:16 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    The president IESL has ceremonially opened its Ampara District Centre and Student Chapter of the Faculty of Engineering at the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka Oluvil, at premises of the South Eastern University on 15th September 2013. The President of IESL Eng. Tilak De Silva was the Chief Guest.

    This occasion was graced by , Eng. A.L.M. Nizar, Chairman of IESL Eastern province, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi -Chairman of ICT Committee of IESL, , and Dr. S.M. Junaideen, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, South Eastern University.

    Eng. A. L. M. Nizar, Chairman IESL Eastern provincial Centre announced following member for the district committee who were elected by the Provincial Centre East at the meeting held on 17.08.2013.     

    1. Co-Chairman : Eng.M.I.Ilham Jazeel
    2. Co-Secretary  : Eng.A.M.Aslam Saja
    3. Co-Treasurer  : Eng.J.Akeel
    4. Member-01    : Eng.A.M.M.Hakeem
    5. Member-02    : Eng.A.L.M.Safeek

    President IESL endorsed and declared the above district committee members for the session 2013/2014.

    The president of IESL in his keynote address highlighted that IESL District Centre play an important role for the Engineering community as Engineers working or living in every district are able to meet regularly and these Centres will make them connected closely with their fellow members. He appreciated the move of Provincial Centre for coupling the undergraduates of Faculty of Engineering at the inception with the IESL, although some universities waited to join IESL for ages.

    Eng. A.L.M. Nizar delivered his guest speech on “who is an Engineer?” with a slide show of depicting basic elementary engineering to state of the art, reconstruction of Arugambay Bridge. Dr. S.M. Junaideen founder Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in speech described about the Faculty of Engineering SEUSL and requested the IESL and their member’s fullest support for the future betterment of the faculty.

    The Chairman of ICT Sectional Committee of IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi delivered a special talk on “Engineers as Leaders” was a highlight of this ceremony.  Eng. P. Jathees from the Department of Irrigation, Ampara presented a technical paper on the “Design of Kalugal Oya reservoir” during this event.

    This remarkable milestone event was modulated and concluded with the vote of thanks by Co-Secretary  : Eng.A.M.Aslam Saja of IESL District Centre Ampara.

  • 26 Sep 2013 12:23 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL Batticaloa District Centre has organized this event to commence the construction of the Eastern Provincial Centre for the IESL in the Batticaloa District with the direction of the Eastern regional Centre Chairman Eng.Nizar. This event took place at the Thiraimadu GN Division in the Manmunai North DS Division in the Batticaloa District .

    The IESL President and guest were garlanded and warmly welcomed   by the Batticaloa District committee members and conducted to proposed land.

    The IESL president,  Chairman IESL -  PC East, Chairman ICT  Committee of IESL, and special guest Manmunai North Divisional secretary Mr.Giritharan were officially inaugurated the ceremony at 2.30pm with ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the IESL Regional Center Name Board with the participation of District committee members and others.

    Following this event, the foundation stone laying was held at the auspicious time of 2.40 pm headed by the IESL President Eng.Tilak and the Eastern Centre Chairman Eng.Nizar, with the Religious observation . The IESL members and Government officials were participated in this event. Specially the Divisional Secretary MN North, Mr.Giritharan participated as Special Guest, who extended his cooperation to allocate the land for this purpose.

    Thereafter the event of tree planting took place by the IESL president followed and by officials, members and junior Engineers of the Eastern Region.

    On completion of these field events members were conducted the meeting venue.

    The meeting was presided by the Co-Chairman of IESL Batticaloa District Centre, Eng. D.A. Pragash and attended by several IESL members and Government officials.

    Eng. A. L. M. Nizar, Chairman IESL Eastern provincial Centre announced following member for the Batticaloa district committee who were elected by the Provincial Centre East at the meeting held on 17.08.2013.     

    1. Co-Chairman  : Eng.D.A.Pragash
    2. Co-Secretary  : Eng.M.Ramanasundaran
    3. Co-Treasurer  : Eng.G.Sujitharan
    4. Member-01    : Eng.Mrs.J.Dharmaretnam
    5. Member-02    : Eng.A.S.M.Irshath

    President IESL endorsed and declared the above district committee members for the session 2013/2014.

    The president in his speech mentioned the reasons of the requirement of  IESL Provincial Centre Building  for the Eastern Province  and its necessary contribution in the development of the province and CPD of the provincial members. Also he express the contribution of the mother centre towards construction of the proposed building.  

    The Chairman of ICT Committee of IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi stressed in his speech that the proposed building has to be designed and constructed such a way that it should be the model green building which has to be referred by others to construct  building in the future.

    The IESL Eastern Provincial chairman Eng.Nizar, mentioned in his speech that  the effort to find a permanent land for the provincial centre with the regional committee members became true today. He wished and thank the district committee members specially Eng.Ramanan for his  effort to find this valuable piece of land.  for the success.

    Mr.Giritharan – DS MN North in his address wished the committee and all IESL members for the new thinking of the Development and his expectation of the Engineers participation in the Eastern Regional development.

    This remarkable milestone event was modulated by Eng. Ramanan and concluded with the vote of thanks by Co-Chairman  : Eng.D.A.Pragash of IESL District Centre Batticaloa.

    (Reported by Eng. A.L.M. Nizar IESL Eastern Provincial Centre)

  • 24 Sep 2013 10:31 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting, 2013 / 2014 session, of the IESL North Central Provincial Centre(NCPC) was held at the Galway  Miridiya Lodge Hotel, Anuradhapura, on 12th September, 2013  in the presence of a large gathering of its members, distinguished guests and special invitees. President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva, President – Elect of IESL, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando and Chairman ICT Committee of the IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, graced the occasion with their presence.  In view of the many  important initiatives of the last session and the necessity to continue with the great progress achieved, office bearers of key positions in the Executive Committee of the last session were unanimously re-elected to serve in those positions in the new session too. Thus an almost unchanged NCPC Executive Committee will continue to get the  leadership of Eng. J.A.D.R Sujith Kumara as Chairman and Eng. (Ms) D L B P Wijesekera  as  Secretary to continue their good work in the new session.

    The acquiring of a plot of land in Puttalam Road at Korakahawewa, Anuradhapur to build  a permanent building of its own for the NCPC  was an important initiative of the centre  in the last session. Preliminary works towards construction of the building have been  completed and the foundation   stone already laid by the President, Eng. Tilak De Silva, on 31st January, 2013. The  building is expected to be completed in two stages with the  first stage expected to be completed in one year at an estimated  cost of Rs 18.5 million. The NCPC is expecting to  raise this amount through fund raising. A sum of Rs 1.5 million have been already released as donation by the IESL parent body through the special initiative of the President, Eng. Tilak De Silva, towards this endeavor.

    The building will be the first such building owned by an IESL Provincial Centre in the island and will be a tremendous boost to the capacity of the NCPC to more effectively perform activities of the centre such as holding meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. towards professional development of IESL  membership in the province. This concept  is to be extended to  all other IESL Provincial Centres as confirmed by Eng. Shavindranath Fernando, the President – Elect of IESL. The historic transition to ICT based operations and global connectivity established at the IESL Secretariat together with IESL Provincial Centres capacitated by permanent buildings of their own and affiliated regional arms  are expected to expand the reach of the IESL to its members in each and every corner of the island and any part of the world overseas .

    Historic transitions in the way the IESL served its membership have taken place at the IESL,. Today members with a personal computer and internet connection could easily login to membership services available online. The new membership management system enables online payment of membership fees, registration for events, establish contacts, participate in forums etc., etc., on par with systems available with internationally recognized professional bodies. Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman, ICT Committee of IESL whose key role is vital to this transition took the opportunity to do a comprehensive presentation on the use and benefits of the new Membership Management System, at the event.

    The event included a fabulous dancing session and an award ceremony to recognize 15 project accomplishments by PC members.  The fellowship event that followed was memorable and full of fun that even the tourists in the hotel decided to join the traditional bila dances!

    The pioneering spirit of engineers in the North Central Province was responsible for the establishment of the predecessor of the IESL, the Engineering Association of Ceylon, the first professional body for engineers in Sri Lanka, established in 1906 by a few Government Officers serving in the province. Their current endeavor to build the first permanent building of their own by an IESL Provincial Centre is undoubtedly done in the same spirit.

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  • 24 Sep 2013 10:07 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    The IESL New South Wales (Autralia) Chapter  donated engineering books to the University of Jaffna at a simple handing over ceremony held at the university premises  on 13th September, 2013. The books were officially handed over to the Vice Chancellor  of the University of Jaffna,  Snr. Prof. (Ms) Vasanthi Arasaratnam  by the President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva. It’s just this year that a Faculty of Engineering (located in Kilinochchi ) have been added to the University of Jaffna. Chairmen of the IESL NSW Chapter, Eng. Kamal Fernando participated in the event via SKYPE However Eng. Kandiah Mahadeva of the NSW Chapter who meticulously selected the most useful books and coordinated its  purchase in Australia and transfer to Colombo couldn’t participate in the event, even via SKYPE, due to prior commitments. The discussion that followed the hand over focused on wider cooperation between the IESL and the University of Jaffna. Eng. Shavindranath Fernando - President Elect of IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi - Chairman,  ICT Committee of IESL,Prof.K.Kandasamy -  Professor of Physics , Prof.P.Balasuntharampillai -  Emeritus Professor of Geography, both of the University of Jaffna also attended the event and participated in the discussion. The IESL Northern Provincial Centre which facilitated the handing over event  was represented by its Chairman, Eng. N Suthakaran  and Secretary, Eng. T. Barathithasan and participated in the discussions. They are among those largely involved with the university  in the setting up of the new Engineering Faculty.


  • 06 Sep 2013 10:51 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    Personnel from M/s CodeGen and IESL Staff who played key roles in getting the Wild Apricot, cloud based Membership Management System of the IESL launched on 17th July, 2013 were felicitated at a special ceremony held at the IESL on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2013. President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva, speaking at the gathering expressed his deep appreciations for the very hard work, often extending to weekends, put in by personnel working as a team under the Project Excellence to make it a success. Chairman, ICT Committee, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, the driving force behind ICTization of the IESL and playing a pivotal role in the Project Excellence, praised the efforts  that made it possible to complete the project within 5 months. Executive Secretary - Eng. (Ms.) Arundathi Wimalasuriya, Deputy Executive Secretary (Membership) - Eng.(Mrs.) Badra Jayaweera and Deputy Executive Secretary (Education) - Eng. Lilanath Daluwatte also expressed their appreciations.

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  • 03 Sep 2013 11:00 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    It was a full day workshop with Dr. Travis Perera from PIM (Post Graduate Institute of Management) facilitating the discussion among fifty plus members. The team members came by invitation extended by the President of IESL.



    The purpose of the workshop was to come up with a Working Business Plan to execute the draft Corporate Plan (Click). The morning session was dedicated to a message from the President that articulated the challenges he faced during his tenure so far in executing operational aspects of the institution and the opportunities we have to improve. Dr. Travis Perera made a great presentation on why an organization like ours should examine structural changes as time goes on. His presentation is here. He summed it up with a video clip of now famous management book "Who Moved My Cheese". Link to Video. In the afternoon session teams were broken according to the nine goals set out in the corporate plan and was tasked to provide specific action items to accomplish the objectives under each goal ( how, who, when, KPI, costs etc.). This followed with presentations from each group and ensuing discussions. 


    The team including some IESL staff went to Kandy in one of the newly acquired railway compartment with all the facilities. It was organized by none other than Eng Palitha Ariyarathna – GM Railway Dept.  who is a corporate member of the institution. The trip allowed much needed bonding among the members and idea sharing in an informal and a comfortable setting. The workshop was followed with a fun filled night of good food, music and fellowship at The Hotel Topaz roof top. On Sunday morning, the team continued informal discussions before leaving to Colombo and other destinations. About 50 attended and more than 40% came from all the provinces and the Council was well represented with President Elect, Vice Presidents, etc. among them. Our Executive Secretary and the two Deputy Executive Secretaries were part of the team. All who attended felt much was accomplished and the time has come to move forward.


    Next step will be to collate all the information from the groups and obtain an analysis from Dr. Travis to be presented to the Council. The President is handling this phase of the project.



    Special thanks go to Eng. S B Wijekoon who organized and coordinated everything in Kandy and made it a productive session and a fun filled fellowship. Similarly, thanks to our IESL staff including Mr. Bimal Samantha ( operations manager) who were behind the arrangements from Colombo and the rest of the staff who traveled with us contributed in many ways.

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  • 03 Sep 2013 9:30 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    The Annual Induction and Graduation Ceremony of the IESL was held at the Waters Edge on Tuesday, 27th August, 2013 from 4.00 pm onwards.

    Prof. (Ms.) Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jaffna was the Chief Guest and Capt. M.G.Kularatne, Chairman / Managing Director, MAGA Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. was the Guest of Honour. This year more than 150 engineers received Charter status and 34 graduands who completed the IESL Engineering Course successfully received their certificates. Winners of the Junior Inventor of the Year 2013 competition were also awarded scholarships at this event. The large gathering consisted of Council Members, Past Presidents, special invitees, awardees and family / friends who accompanied them.


  • 16 Aug 2013 1:02 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    A District Centre  affiliated to the North Central Provincial Centre of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) was established on 14th August, 2013 at Minneriya, Polonnaruwa. The event was attended by engineers working in the region.  President of IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva and Chairman - IESL ICT Committee,Eng. ArjunaManamperi from the IESL parent body in Colombo graced the occasion with their presence. The picturesque Irrigation Department Circuit Bungalow in Giritale was the venue for the event.


    The official event was followed by an evening of fellowship organized by Eng. Gamage, representative of the Irrigation Department in the region, and his able team of young engineers! The setting of the location was perfect, overlooking the Giritale lake, with moon lit clear skies and gentle Rajarata breeze giving the necessary comfort to a gathering of about 50 on a sultry August evening in Sri Lanka.


    This is the second IESL district level organization that has been established by the IESL and it’s affiliated to the North Central Provincial Center. The first one was established earier this year in Kegalle. It’s affiliated to the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Center.


    The IESL under the presidency of Eng. Tilak De Silva is fast trackingachieving of full connectivity with its membership with the use of ICT. Expansion of its sphere of connectivity to district based centresenables interactive group activities such as workshops,  lectures, seminars, etc through live streaming, video conferencing technologieseliminating time and distance barriers  that hitherto prevented member participation in the  IESL activities..


    Speaking at the occasion, Eng. Tilak De Silva emphasized the need to stay focused and the use of its new Membership Management System (Wild Apricot, a cloud based secure software as a service - SaaS platform) to enhance the process through elimination of time and distance barriers to conduct collaborative work 24x365 all over the world. Eng. ArjunaManamperi highlighted the features and benefits of the system and how it can be put to powerful initiatives giving transparency and a direct voice to every member of the institution, no matter where they are. The Chairman of the NC Province, Eng. J. A. D. R. Sujith Kumara initiated the proceedings of the meeting to elect District Center Officers. The following are the office bearers of the new IESL District Centre.


    Selected Committee Members

    Name :     Eng. R.M.P. Karunarathne
    Organization:    Irrigation Department

    Name : Eng. G. RanjanaAmarasinghe
    Organization : National Water Supply & Drainage Board

    Representatives of each Organization



    Eng. W.G.S.S. Bandara

     Provincial Engineering

    Eng. UpaliArampola


    Eng. S.T. Kularathna

     NWS & DB

    Eng. M.G.S.P. Kumara


    Eng. B.N.K. Chandrasekara

     District Secretariat

    Eng. A.K. R. Rathnasekara

     Economic Dev. Ministry

    Eng. W.A.D. Wijesundara 

     Mahaweli Authority

    Eng. Senevirathne


    Eng. B.L. Dilan Kumara


    Eng. S.P.H. Gamage

     Irrigation Department



    With many infrastructure development works such as building of roads , bridges, water supply, agriculture, irrigation, etc. being undertaken,especially under the RajarataNavodaya program of the government,  the North Central Province has a significant   concentration of engineers who find it difficult to attend to the various Continues Professional Development  programmes undertaken by the IESLas the apex body of the profession in Sri Lanka at its head office in Colombo. This is especially so for those in the PolonnaruwaDistrict of the North Central Province. The new District Centre would thus be a boon to engineers in the region due to the facilitation it would provide for ICT based group activities to be conducted in the district.

    IESL Polonnaruwa District Centre opening Event Photos

    IESL first ever District Centre inaugurated in Kegalle | The Sunday times Sri Lanka

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