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Engineering Excellence Awards – 2014 Launched

30 Apr 2014 3:10 PM | IESL (Administrator)

Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 ,  the country’s premier event for recognition and celebrating  excellence in the profession and science of engineering was ceremonial launched on Monday,  28th April, 2014 at ‘The Victorian’ Function Room of the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, in the presence of an audience represented by heads  of engineering related organizations, well-wishers, media personnel, Council members and  staff of the IESL.

Welcoming the audience, the President of IESL, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando in his welcome described the engineers in the country as traditionally not given to trumpeting their own achievements but pointed out that unless they blow their own trumpets, at least once in a while, others may use it as a spittoon and people wouldn’t know the tremendous amount of engineering that has gone in to almost every aspect of modern living in the society. Describing the awards scheme as a means of rewarding and publicizing excellence among engineers and engineering organizations he implored the media to take the message to the public to be aware and appreciate the role of the engineer in the day to day life of the public. He also expressed his desire to see more engineers belonging to Sri Lanka and the subcontinent at the helm of mega projects being undertaken by the government. 

The Chief Guest for the event, Eng. Mangala P.B Yapa, Chairman – National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka and former Chairman / Managing Director of M/s Colombo Dockyards PLC, in his address traced the legacy of great engineering excellence in the country in the past (as evidenced by some of those ancient engineering feats being existent even after more than 2.500 years  and serving the society even today),  its erosion thereafter variously due to subjugation by foreign forces, internal conflicts, natural disaster, etc. leading to an absolute  decline of such excellence in the present era. He stressed the role that schemes such as the Engineering Excellence Awards of the IESL play in rejuvenating the motivation towards achieving excellence in professionalism, recounting  the experiences of the Colombo Dockyards PLC as an organization upon its application and subsequent winning the award for Excellence in Engineering Awards for Organizations.  Recognition of excellence in professionalism in its turn breeds  excellence in professionalism he stated.

President Elect of IESL and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Engineering Excellence Awards, 2014, Eng. S.B.Wijekoon made a detailed presentation of the awards on offer. The Question and Answer session that followed provided clarifications required by the audience.

The event was also the occasion for the handing over of the token of sponsorship to the main sponsor for the event, M/s Melwire Rolling (Pvt)Ltd with its  Director - Mr. Muruganandhan Periyasami Pillai in attendance to receive the token from the President of the IESL.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Eng. (Prof.) Niranjanie Ratnayake , Vice President of IESL and the event concluded with the refreshments that followed.
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