From the President IESL.
I take this opportunity to thank you for the confidence you placed in me last year in electing me as your President. I am indeed happy that we together were able to achieve many triumphs for the members in particular the recognition of IESL as a full signatory of the Washington Accord where now IESL would be in a position to accredit engineering degrees conducted in our jurisdiction which will be recognized as substantially equivalent to those in other countries which are already members . These countries include USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia India and Turkey. Our membership in the International Professional Engineers Agreement too was confirmed. This means our members who qualify to be admitted to the International Professional Engineers Register will be able to practice as Engineers in those countries without any qualifying examinations as well. Active involvement and thereby making the registration under the Construction Industry Regulatory Act simpler for IESL members and finalizing the much awaited Engineering Council Act.
October is a very busy month for IESL, as you all by now know our Annual Sessions will commence with the Ceremonial inauguration on the 10th at 9 am at the BMICH. The Chief Guest will be Dr. P B Jayasundara Secretary to the Treasury. The Guest of Honour is Prof. Mohan Munasinghe while the Key note address will be delivered by Mr. Tilak Dissanayake. Around 25 foreign delegates with their spouses numbering 45 will attend the sessions this time from SAARC Countries from the Federation of Engineering Institutions in South and Central Asia.(FEISCA). On the same day the TECHNO Sri Lanka 2014 will also be inaugurated by Hon. Wimal Werawansa Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, at 11.30am.
On 11th October: The FEISCA Conference on “Innovative Technologies for Excellence in Engineering” will be held.There will be two eminent Guest Speakers i.e. Dr. Brahmananda Mohanty and Prof. Robin King. There will be five country presentations from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Participation is by registration and If you still have not registered you are advised to do so immediately if you are interested to join. This conference is expected to be a very informative one given the caliber of presenters and the topics to be covered. For details please visit our web site: www.iesl.lk
On 12th October: There will be a field visit to Upper Kotmale Hydro Power plant and already the registration is closed with about 145 participants. This visit is expected to be most interesting as the participants will be able to witness one of the most modern hydro power plants using Japanese technology and numerous environmental safeguards built into the project.
On 14th and 15th October: Technical Paper Presentation will take place. You are kindly advised to register for these sessions in order to cater for those who register. The session will be opened to all categories of members and even outsiders.
TECHNO Sri Lanka 2014: This National Engineering Exhibition will be held at the Sirimavo Bandaranayake Convention and Exhibition Centre. As you know this is one of our flagship events and generally draws large crowds. This year too there are many attractions to members some of them are : Members’ Lounge where the members will be able to enjoy refreshments with their families and friends, with tea cookies and beer on the house. There will be many more prizes and surprises as well . There will be a raffle draw and many valuable prizes are on offer including Ari Tickets. As it was done last time Provincial Chapters and District Centres are encouraged to come in numbers as IESL will reimburse the transport cost of a bus for 50 persons. It would be much better if the provincial members organize this transport to coincide with the inauguration of the Annual Session on the 10th October.
18th October: Annual General Meeting at Committee Room A BMICH: On a special decision of the council all Associate Members are invited to attend the AGM after many years. I encourage our Associate Members to attend the AGM. I also invite our Corporate Members to attend in numbers as this is your opportunity to reflect on the activities carried out by the council you voted for and to give directions for the future.
A special edition of the SLEN was published and your copy can be obtained at the Annual Sessions and at the members’ Lounge at the TECHNO Exhibition.
I trust you will attend all the above events which have been designed keeping in mind our theme “ Year of Professional Excellence”