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  • 02 Nov 2018 3:40 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The annual Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture for the year 2018 was held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) on Monday, 29th October, 2018.  Mr. Kris Canekeratne – Cofounder Chairman / CEO of Vitusa Corporation headquartered in US delivered this year’s lecture on the topic ‘Creating a Culture of Innovation' which dealt with how to integrate the culture of innovation in to wider society making innovation relevant not only to business and education but also to life itself.


    The memorial lecture was organized jointly by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and Ray Wjewardene Charitable Trust, a  charitable organization established for the promotion of the vision and ideas of Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene . The lecture was preceded by the traditional lighting of the Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of Late Dr Ray Wijewardene by the President of  the IESL,  Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta. The Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene  Memorial Lecture was  first held in 2011 and this is the 8th lecture of its kind to held. Welcoming the capacity audience that attended  Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta described the Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene as a person who excelled in many human endeavors.  Prof. Malik Ranasinghe, Chairman of the Ray Wijewardene Charitable Trust briefed the audience  about  the work that the Trust is involved in promoting the vision and ideas of Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene



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  • 02 Nov 2018 2:38 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL commemorated the 99th Birth anniversary of Dr. ANS Kulasinghe on Friday, 26th October , 2018. He is known not only for his contribution to engineering research and development but also for his lifetime commitment towards an indigenous approach to engineering application for national development.


    The memorial oration this year was delivered by Eng. U.S. Karunaratne, CEO of Central Engineering Services (Pvt.) Ltd. which is the construction arm of the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) The oration was on the theme ‘The Exceptional Engineer ’. The oration was preceded by lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late engineer by IESL President, Eng. (Prof.) TM Pallewatta.


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  • 30 Oct 2018 1:06 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting 2017 / 2018 of the IESL was held at the Nugasevana, BMICH, Colombo 07 on Saturday, 27th  October, 2018 from 9.00am onwards.

     

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  • 23 Oct 2018 7:53 AM | IESL (Administrator)




    The ceremonial inauguration of the  112th Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) was held on Tuesday, 16th October 2018, at the Main Hall, BMICH in the presence of a large gathering of participants.


    Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of Parliament, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Eng. M.R. Prelis, former CEO of DFCC Bank was Guest of Honour. The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Vajira Kulatilake, Director / Chief Executive Officer, NDB Capital Holdings Ltd.  Foreign delegates from FEISCA member organizations in India,    Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar also participated in the event.


    The highlight of the inauguration of annual sessions held in October of each year is the handing over of the mantle of presidency to the incoming president by the outgoing president after a reign of I year as president from October of the previous year.


    Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta was inducted this year as President of IESL for 2018 / 2019 sessions. In his inaugural presidential address at the event he laid out his plans for taking forward the institutions stated missions towards achieving its vision. (Link to Presidential Address)


    Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, the outgoing President in her speech highlighted global impact of  human disregard for sustainable practices and the need to correct present trends and  also wished the incoming President and Council success in their endeavor towards reaching the goals of the new session 2018 / 2019. (Link to Outgoing Presidents Address)



    The Guest of Honour, Eng. M.R. Prelis,  in his address highlighted the plight of our country’s engineers in the current scenario of professional competitiveness and the contrast it has with other countries where engineers are given pride of place in countries’ development process..


    The keynote speaker, Mr. Vajira Kulatilake, in his speech described in depth the structural reforms needed in the face of all current infrastructure being done by the government with no real investments coming from abroad. He pointed out the huge budget deficits and the practice of living  beyond the means by borrowing that has come to be the mainstay of country’s governance. He pointed out that the only viable solution on the table is the policy of Private Public Partnership.


    The event also saw certificates being presented to those admitted to the status of Honorary Life Fellows, Fellows and International Professional Engineers.


     Awards and certificates were also given to winners of special and memorial awards.


    School children who are winners of the IESL Junior Inventor of the Year 2018 competition were also awarded at the event


    The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Eng. (Prof.) S.B. Abayakoon, the President Elect for 2018 / 2019 sessions.



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  • 22 Oct 2018 2:21 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Members and spouses were in their best of spirits at yet another very enjoyable and successful ENGINEERS’ NIGHT  held at Citrus Hotel , Waskaduwa on Sunday, 20th October, 2018. Held for the first time in  2001, this event   has now become a much looked forward to annual social gathering of IESL members and spouses, with each year’s  event outdoing the previous one’s level  of fellowship, entertainment and cuisine.


    This year’s event had  more than 300 participants toe tapping to the gyrating music of the ‘Legends’  and tantalizing dance performance by the ‘Channa Upuli’ performing arts foundation troupe. The partyers were welcomed by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of IESL, under whose guidance this year’s  event was held.  The Organizing Committee under the Chairmanship of Eng. P.W. Sarath had this year chosen the Citrus Waskaduwa venue for its ideal setting and cuisine to suit the occasion.


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  • 21 Oct 2018 9:44 AM | IESL (Administrator)



    FEISCA REGIONAL CONFERENCE Themed “Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals – National Strategies and Challenges” concludes with the promise of achievement


    His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest at the conference on Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals – National Strategies and Challenges, organized  by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) in collaboration with the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA) held at the Hilton Residencies as part of the112th  Annual Sessions of the IESL.


    FEISCA came in to being as a direct response to the need for the assistance of engineering professional bodies to the United Nations system. It provides opportunities for the non-government organizations engaged in engineering education and training to discuss the issues of improving professional collaboration to provide an effective working mechanism among the neighboring countries in the South and Central Asia region.Engineering professional organizations including  those from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have membership in the FEISCA. The conference comes at a time when the Presidency of the FEISCA is being held by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka


    The conference, better known as the Annual Regional Conference of the FEISCA, this year had its theme aligned with the His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena’s pledge at the recently held 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to provide leadership for Sri Lanka to take the strategic decisions essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by the year 2030. Hon. Ajith Mannapperuma, Deputy Minister of Environment and Dr. Suren Batagoda, Secretary to the Ministry of Power  and Renewable Energy were among the distinguished invitees at the conference.


    The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and national anthem was followed by the Welcome address by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.


    This was followed by the address of the President of FEISCA, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, who is also the Immediate Past President of the IESL.


    HE President in his speech while highlighting the importance of achieving Sustainable Development Goals also laid equal stress on finding solutions to consequences of climate change with vagaries of the weather, alternately subjecting our people to devastating floods and severe droughts taking its toll on livelihoods pushing them towards further poverty. He suggested, as solutions to consequences of Climate Change, diverting flood waters from Ratnapura and Kaultara areas towards drought stricken areas of the north through pipelines akin to priciples used in the conveying petroleum across deserts of the Middle eastern countries He said that elimination of corruption is as important for achievement of SDG’s.


    The keynote address on “Role of Engineers in achieving the Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030” was delivered by  Eng. Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman of the Presidential Expert Commission on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision


    Presenters from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar did presentations on their experiences along their respective country journeys towards achieving 17 sustainable development goals according to the agenda adopted at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in year 2015.


    ‘Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals Power Sector Perspectives’

    by Dr. Suren Batagoda, Secretary – Ministry of Power & Renewable Energy


    ‘Sustainable Development Goals SDGs’ by Eng. (Dr) H  Manthrithilake, Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


    ‘Sustainable Transportation Development of Bangladesh: National Strategies and Challenges’ by  Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Mizanur Rahman – Bangladesh


    ‘Engineering the Sustainable Goals – National Strategies and Challenges Pakistan Perspective by  Engr. Sohail Bashir – Pakistan


    ‘Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals – National Strategies and Challenges: The Indian Scenario’ by Engr P. Rajamani – India


    ‘Sustainable Development Goal 12’ by Eng. Gamini Senayake, Chairman of Regional Industry Service Committee (RISC) North Western Province under the Ministry of Industry & Commerce of the Central Government


    The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Country Report by  Ms. Mu Mu Aye – Myanmar


    The Morning Session was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake. The afternoon sessions which commenced after Lunch Break was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatte, President Elect of the IESL.


    Special time was allocated for panel discussion after presentation sessions concluded and the question and answers added further value for participants to carry back with them


    The seminar ended with Vote of Thanks proposed  by Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta, President Elect for the 2017 / 2018 Session and who will be taking over the presidency of the IESL for the 2018 / 2019 session.



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  • 19 Oct 2018 10:19 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The annual national  engineering exhibition organized by the apex body for the engineering profession in the country, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)concluded on a very successful note after 3 days of heavy participation by members of the profession, public and private sector executives, students of universities and  schools as well as general public.


    Held this year from the  12th to 14th October, 2018  for the 33rd  successive year since its inception in 1985, the exhibition has become the most preferred platform for exposition of cutting edge technology to the region and the most popular venue to witness and experience them.


    This year’s event saw, as it did in the previous year, Defense Pavilion displaying  Research and Development outputs of the country’s  tri forces; Army, Navy and Air force, and many new  competitions targeting university undergraduates encouraging ingenuity and creativity among them.


    Inventions of the Undergraduate Inventor of the Year  competition and Junior inventor of the Year competition drew much attentions as usual. Engineering Faculties of several  state universities and   state owned engineering education institutes made  their  presence felt by impressive demonstrations of modern technology in action.


    The exhibition was declared open on the first day by Chief Guest, Hon. Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development. Hon Ajith Mannapperuma, Deputy Minister of Agriculture opened the exhibition on the third day and final day.


    As always the Members’ Lounge and its special facilitations for fellowship was a big draw among members of the IESL visiting the exhibition to relax and socialize with colleagues and renewing long lost connections.


    Features like the  Building Clinic providing free advice to homebuilders and Mini Seminars on highly relevant topics were also big draws and so were stalls of the various engineering sectional committees and provincial chapters. The loyal following the exhibition has among some of the global brand names in  engineering products and services had their presence as they do every year at this event.


    The organizing committee received utmost cooperation from sponsors , stall holders, suppliers, staff of the BMICH and visitors to the exhibition to make it a very successful event.


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  • 01 Oct 2018 11:22 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    New Arrivals – IESL Library


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  • 21 Sep 2018 5:21 PM | IESL (Administrator)

     

    The 144th  birth anniversary of Late Eng. D J Wimalasurendra was commemorated at the IESL on 17th  September 2018 with a memorial lecture on A new Perspective for Environmentally Sustainable Buildings and Certification in Developing Countries delivered by Eng. Mahendra Jayalath, Accredited Energy Auditor.


    The lecture was preceded by the lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late professor by the Eng. (Prof.) Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of IESL. . Family members of the late professor were also present at the event which was attended by Past Presidents and members of the IESL. 



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  • 21 Sep 2018 5:19 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    The IESL commemorated the 111th  birth anniversary of Late Prof. E O E Pereira, considered as the  Father of Engineering Education in Sri Lanka, on 13th September 2018 with a memorial lecture on “Water Resources and Hydrological Forecasing”  delivered by Eng.Palitha Manchanayake.

     

    The lecture was preceded by the lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late professor by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of IESL. Family members of the late professor were also present at the event which was attended by Past Presidents and members of the IESL. 


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