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Eng. Shavindranath Fernando, Immediate Past President’s portrait unveiled

11 Aug 2015 2:37 PM | IESL (Administrator)

The portrait of its Immediate Past President, Eng. Shavindranath Fenando, joined the portraits of all the past presidents adorning the hallowed walls of IESL Council Room when it was unveiled at a simple ceremony held at the IESL on Friday, 7th August, 2015. Past Presidents of the present era and Council members attended the event with. Eng.Shavindranath Fernando himself being present.

Eng. Shavindranath  Fernando obtained his B Sc. Hon. (Eng.) from the University of Moratuwa in 1978 and his M. Eng.(Energy Technology) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1982.

He joined IESL in May 1998 and became a Fellow of the IESL in Nov. 1999 and have served in the IESL Council ever since becoming Vice President in the 2010/ 2011 Session, President-Elect in the 2012/2013 Sessions and finally becoming the president in the 2013 / 2014 Sessions.

He has served as General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board and has previously held the positions of  Additional General Manager - Projects, Project Director – Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project, Deputy General Manager – Generation Planning and Deputy General Manager – Thermal Complex at the CEB.

The theme of his presidency of the IESL was ‘Year of Professional Excellence’  and he used it as the platform in the pursuit of the  goals and objectives of  the activities he undertook in taking the institution towards its vision.

It was during his presidency that the IESL finally attained the signatory status of the Washington Accord, a journey that was begun in the year 2003. The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) the umbrella organization that governs seven such international agreements for mutual recognition of engineering education and professional competencies simultaneously renewed the membership of the IESL in the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA) that it first attained in 2007

Other highlights of his presidency include the  establishment of overseas chapters in Western Australia, New Zealand and Qatar, the establishment of additional District Centers in    Nuwara Eliya and Puttalam districts, etc.

He also mooted the concept of Planning Circles, especially for our engineers in the provinces, as a forum to discuss issues related to their profession in informal gathering to find solutions among themselves. IESL’s advice was also sought during that session by state institutions such as the University Grants Commission, Public Utilities Commission, etc. in the formulation of policies to face new challenges. During his presidency the IESL also engaged with professional bodies belonging to other professions in safeguarding well being of professionals in general from attempts to establish policies potentially detrimental to their well being.

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