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IESL North Central Provincial Centre Holds AGM

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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