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109th Annual Sessions of the IESL ceremonially inaugurated. Hon. Minister of Metropolis and Western Development graces as Chief Guest

18 Oct 2015 10:43 AM | IESL (Administrator)

The 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL was ceremonially inaugurated on  Friday 16th October, 2015 at the BMICH from 9.00 AM onwards in the presence of a capacity crowd consisted of Council Members, Past Presidents, Corporate Members,  spouses, awardees, special invitees and guests. Hon. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Eng. Patali Champika Ranawaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Senior Professor and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. Malik Ranasinghe was the Guest of Honour. The Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Srikantha Herath, Academic Director - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University. Guests from professional bodies from India, Pakistan and Nepal also attended

The event also saw the ceremonial induction of Eng. Wimalsena Gamage as the President of the IESL for the 2015 / 2016 Session which will begin when the incumbent President, Eng. (Dr.) S.B.Wijekoon will officially handover the mantle of presidency to his successor.

It was also an occasion for presentation of awards and certificates to Honorary Life Members, those inducted as Fellows and International Professional Engineers, winners of Water Resources Development Competitions sponsored by the International Water Management Institute and St. Anthony’s Group, E.O.E. Pereira Award for the Best Paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2014, IESL Award for the best Paper by a Corporate Member published in the “Engineer” Journal during the Sessions 2014 / 2015 and the SD & CC Award for the best Paper by an Associate Member published in the “Engineer” Journal during the Sessions 2014 / 2015.

The event saw long serving staff of the IESL also being awarded in appreciation and recognition of dedicated service of over 25 years at the IESL. The inauguration ceremonies concluded around 12.00 noon.

The IESL Council members, foreign guests and Secretariat staff therafter attended a special dinner party held at the recently refurbished Members Lounge at the IESL for fellowship and socializing. They were entertained by music provided by their very own ‘ Music Engineers ‘ formed by a group of musically talented engineers.

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“My long term vision is to transform Sri Lanka into a ‘smart, soft and super country” -  Minister of Metropolis & Western Development at inauguration of 109th IESL Annual Sessions.

Speaking at the  inauguration of the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL held on Friday, 16th October, 2015 at the BMICH, Minister of Metropolis & Western Development, Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka who was the Chief Guest stated that his long term vision is for transforming Sri Lanka into a “smart, soft and super" country. In realization of that dream we need to build smart systems, soft people and super infrastructure for our future generations to live happily, peacefully and prosperously, he added.

He also stated that arrangements are underway to establish the “Engineering Council” to regulate the professional practice of engineering in Sri Lanka and that approval for the Final Draft Bill is being sought from the cabinet and that  the  Final Draft Bill will soon thereafter be presented to the Parliament for its approval.

For full text of the speech Click Here

Minister's Speech telecast on MTV NEWS Click Here

Full Text of speech delivered by Prof. Malik Ranasinghe, Guest of Honour  Click Here

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