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  • 01 Jul 2014 3:16 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    From L to R: Eng. Arundathi Wimalasuiriya, Executive Secretary/ IESL, Eng. Shavi Fernando, President/ IESL and General Manager, CEB, Prof. Ananda Jayawardena, Past President/ IESL and Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa,  Prof. Hu Hanrahan, Chair, Washington Accord from South Africa, Prof. L. L. Ratnayake, Past President/ IESL and Chairman, SLIIT, Prof. Robin King, Chair, Evaluation Panel for Sri Lanka from Australia and Eng. Basil Wakelin, Chair, IPEA from New Zealand.


    “ Washington Accord model has become the international gold standard for mutual recognition of engineering education”


    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) proudly announces that the Washington Accord Signatory countries unanimously decided to admit Sri Lanka to their rank at the June 2014 International Engineering Meetings held in Wellington, New Zealand. This decision was arrived at after a rigorous evaluation of the IESL accreditation procedures and the standards of the 4 year B.Sc. Eng. degree programs accredited by IESL, by a team of experts from the Washington Accord Signatory countries during the last 4 years.Australia, Canada, Ireland, United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Turkeywere the 15 Washington Accord Signatory countries up to June 13, 2014. This is a land mark decision for the Sri Lankan engineers who graduate with 4 year B. Sc. Eng. degrees accredited by the IESL. These engineering graduates will be internationally recognized in these 15 countries as holders of engineering qualifications substantially equivalent to 4 year engineering programs accredited by the accrediting bodies of their own countries, and recognized as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering in those countries as well. Thus our engineers with IESL accredited programs will have the benefit of being recognized among the developed nations as those who can enter the globally connected workplace.


    The Washington accord model has become the international gold standard for mutual recognition of engineering education. For 25 years the Washington Accord has provided a mechanism for mutual recognition of engineering graduates of accredited programs leading to become Professional/ Chartered Engineers among its signatories.  The Washington Accord has also set the foundation and standards for graduate attributes and accreditation of programs and defines the educational basis for the International Professional Engineers Agreement. The international recognition and portability of both educational qualifications and professional competency is becoming increasingly important in this age of global interdependence but unbalanced global development, which requires the movement of engineering skills around the world. The Washington Accord has made a considerable impact on improvements in engineering education throughout the world.


    Benefits of IESL being a Signatory to the Washington Accord


    The engineering graduates with degrees that have been accredited by a signatory to the Washington Accord will possess a set of given attributes including knowledge of engineering science, modern tool usage,  problem analysis skills, capability to design / develop  solutions and carry out investigations  related to complex engineering problems. He /She will be adept at project management, conscious of engineering ethics, environment and sustainability and willing to engage in lifelong learning. He/she also will be committed to both individual and team work and possess good communication skills.


    In the context of today’s competitive environment, graduates who have the above attributes will be in high demand among prospective employers in Sri Lanka. Organizations that employ graduates with a degree accredited by IESL will stand a good chance of securing contracts overseas since the degrees of these graduates will be globally recognized. Higher Educational Institutions that offer accredited degree programs will succeed in attractingforeign students to their degree programs.


    Thus IESL now being a signatory to the internationally accepted Washington Accord, the engineering degree programs that it accredits will receive global recognition. The direct beneficiaries of this would be the graduates of these IESL accredited degrees and the employers who employ such graduates. The academic staff and the institutions conducting such study programs will also gain international recognition.


    The IESL is also a full member of the ‘International Professional Engineers Agreement’ (IPEA), formerly known as the Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF). The IESL was admitted to EMF as a full member in 2007 and thereby got  the privilege to award the International Professional Engineer (Int. P. Eng.) qualification to the engineers with accredited engineering programs and more than 7 years of responsible experience after graduation. A team of senior engineers nominated by the IPEA reviewed the procedures and standards adopted by IESL in awardingInt. P. Eng. qualification during the period  2013 - 2014, and at the June 2014 International Engineering Meetings held in Wellington, New Zealand,the members of the IPEA unanimously decided to recognize IESL Int. P. Eng. qualification for a further period of 6 years. Thus IESL is now a signatory to two international engineering agreements.


    Journey of IESL towards being an Internationally Recognized Professional Body


    In June 2003, a delegation from IESL attended the International Engineering Meetings in Rotorua, New Zealand and presented a paper on the Sri Lankan School and University Education system giving the highlights of the 4 year B. Sc. Eng. degrees programs and the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer of the IESL and declared its intentions to become a signatory to the EMF and the Washington Accord. The then full Members of EMF and the signatories of the Washington Accord  were in general happy with our education systems and  standards and the procedures followed by the IESL in  awarding  the Chartered Engineer qualification. Furthermore,the IESL was also provided with  very valuable advice on as to how to improve the systems and standards in order to align itself with international procedures, standards, structures etc.

    After many deliberations,new By Laws were adopted at the October 2004 Annual General Meeting of the IESL to establish the IESL Registration Board and the IESL  Accreditation Board, and immediately thereafter members were appointed to the two Boards. Considerable work went in  to have in place new By Laws and Rules for the  award of the Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) qualification by the IESL and the first batch of Professional Engineers was registered  in 2005, after a stringent evaluation procedure.


    In June 2005, a delegation from the IESL attended the International Engineering Meetings held in Hong Kong at which the  IESL’s application to become a Provisional Member of EMF was successful. In the meantime, the IESL Accreditation Board went on to develop an Accreditation Manual during the period 2006- 2007 with assistance from Engineers Australia, in preparation for submitting an application for provisional membership of the Washington Accord.


    In June 2007, a delegation from the IESL attended the International Engineering Meetings held in Washington DC and made applications for the full Membership of the EMF and Provisional Membership of the Washington Accord. Both applications were successful, to the delight of the IESL.


    The IESL’s  desire to become a signatory to the Washington Accord took a long time to materialize  as there were many areas in the accreditation procedures and the University engineering curricula that needed to be addressed and rectified in order to comply  with the Washington Accord requirements. However, a team of dedicated IESL members and University academic staff members diligently worked to fulfill these requirements which resulted in IESL becoming a signatory to  the Washington Accord in June 2014.


    IESL Accredited Degrees and Recognized Degrees


    Being a Washington Accord Signatory,the four  year full time Engineering Degrees conducted within its jurisdiction (Sri Lanka) and which are accredited by  IESL will be mutually recognized by the other Washington Accord countries as meeting the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering in any of their countries. At present most of the B. Sc. Eng. degree programs of the Peradeniya, Moratuwa and Ruhuna Universities have been accredited by the IESL and the list is available on its web site (www.iesl.lk).


    There is a provision for IESL to recognize degrees that do not qualify for accreditation due to non-compliance with the accreditation criteria. Such recognized degrees will qualify the graduates to become Associate Members of IESL and be eligible for the Corporate Membership / Chartered Engineer status  after obtaining the  required training and experience. However, those degrees do not satisfy the eligibility criteria for mutual recognition under the Washington Accord nor do they met the  educational base required for Int. P.Eng.


    Facts to be aware of by Prospective Engineering Students and their Parents


    Prospective students who intend to enroll for engineering degree programs offered by foreign Universities and Private Higher Education Institutions in Sri Lanka and their parents are strongly advised to verify for themselves the status of recognition of the respective degree programs by the IESL, in order to avoid disappointment in seeking employment in Sri Lanka and abroad after graduation.

     

    The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL)



    Headquarters of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka

     

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) founded in 1906 was incorporated by an Act Parliament in 1968. IESL is the apex professional engineering body in Sri Lanka, which, in accordance with the objects set out in its Act, is obliged to promote and advance the science and practice of engineering in Sri Lanka. Towards this end, it takes steps to ensure that internationally recognized and locally relevant standards.Through a rigorous assessment it accredits engineering degrees and awards Chartered Engineer status to those who possess the requisite academic qualifications and experience.


  • 03 Jun 2014 1:44 PM | IESL (Administrator)

     

    Techno Sri Lanka - 2014

     

    “National Engineering and Technology Exhibition”

     

    The  ceremonial launch of Techno  Sri Lanka - 2014, the National Engineering and Technology Exhibition,  the flagship event of the IESL, to be held for its  29th consecutive year on 10th,11th and 12th October 2014 at the BMICH, was held at the Hotel Galadari on Friday, May 23rd – 2014 from 5.30 pm onwards in the presence of a large audience comprised of  sponsors, special invitees, guests,  well-wishers, past presidents, Council members, members of the organizing committee and  IESL staff.

     

     Mr. Aravinda Perera, Managing Director – Sampath Bank was the Chief Guest and Guest Speaker for the event.

     

    The best of its kind to be held in Sri Lanka, the event is a beacon for the transfer of technology towards scientific and technological excellence of the profession and related industry in the country.

     

    Each year since its inauguration in 1985 the event has brought forth the latest in technologies, products, skills and best practices from the world over to its target audience while maintaining optimum standards both in quality and quantity.

     

    A platform to showcase and promote brand names, products and services the Techno has added features for harnessing stakeholder talents and skills towards providing the best window of opportunity for the new as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and organizations under one roof.

     

    The diversified , informative, state-of-the-art and educative nature of the stalls exceeding 250 has won appreciations and accolades from the engineering community and also earned national and global recognition and the reputation, to be branded as  one of the best of its kind in the SAARC region, if not Asia.

     

    While the prestige of being associated with Techno Sri Lanka has given  the entrepreneurs and organizations wishing to share the limelight and the year by year number of visitors to the stalls has seen a tremendous increase probably due to the many special features that have been gradually added to the exhibition.

     

    The depiction and display of ongoing and proposed mega infrastructural and other development projects including the North and East development, Metro Colombo Development Project etc. will find their places for enlightening the visitors about the unprecedented development work the country is witnessing.

     

     

    The display of winning inventions by school children under the Junior Inventor of the Year Program, pioneered by the IESL as far back as 1988 to inculcate and promote creativity and innovation among school children and which has seen its student protégées participating and winning at the Intel ISEF competition in USA will find expressions at a special pavilion for the purpose as they did at the previous Techno exhibitions. A special ‘Under-Graduate Category’ has been added from year 2012 and will find space within the JIY area this year too.

     

     

    The Techno Sri Lanka 2014 would endevour to strengthen the links between the suppliers of engineering products and services and the relevant government institutions, with a view to facilitating mutual awareness of their resources and potential in fulfilling their needs, objectives and aspirations

     

    For Event photos:- Click

     

    For further clarifications and/or stall reservations, please contact the Techno Secretariat on 0115367315 / Mr. Malith Kannangara, Manager Operations Sales & Marketing - 0777771005 . E- mail: techno@iesl.lk

     

     

  • 22 May 2014 11:03 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL JIY winners win top multiple awards at Intel international Science and Engineering fair in USA

    by Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda 


    The winners of  the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) Junior Inventor  of the Year (JIY) competition 2013, Namal Udara Piyasiri & Nipun Kavishka Silva have done Motherlanka proud by winning  several top awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  (ISEF), in Los Angeles, California.

     

    Namal Udara Piyasiri, a product of Thambuttegama Central College, has won the Second Award of  US$1,500 in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category by the Society for Science and the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation  for his project " Versatile Field Construction Machine for Paddy Cultivation",  a device that can carry out soil preparation and harvesting in addition to the standard functions such as plowing,  harrowing, leveling of soil,.

     

    Nipun Kavishka Silva, a product of De Mazenod College, Kandana, has won the Fourth Award of US$500 for his project "Artificial Intelligence Sense for the Blind to Play Video Games using Their Tongue",  a device that allows persons with disabilities to Play Video Games using Their Tongue, in the Computer Science category at the above competition.

     

    According to Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, the Vice President of the IESL who was in Los Angeles, California with the Sri Lankan contingent,  Namal’s project has also won two special awards, at the Special Awards Ceremony.  He has received a  First Award of US$1,000  cash award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association. U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Namal another US$10,000 cash award.

     

    Over 1,700 high school students from 65 countries had participated in this year's Intel Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition, from May 11 -16 in Los Angeles, CA. They had competed for awards and scholarships worth nearly four million US Dollars.

     

    The contingent  including Namal & Nipuna,  received a rousing welcome on their arrival at the Katunayake Airport on May 19 morning & H.E. the President   felicitated the students, at the Presidential Secretariat.




  • 07 May 2014 2:07 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The awarding ceremony of the recently concluded Quantity Surveying CPD Course conducted by the Continues Professional Development Committee of the IESL was held on Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. A total of Forty Six (46) students who successfully completed the course from the batch of 55 students who had joined the course on a first come first basis received their certificates. Four (4) students who fulfilled the minimum attendance level  also received certificates of participation at the event. Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda - Vice President of IESL and Chairman of CPD Committee, Eng. A.P.R De Silva - Hony. Treasurer, Eng. Kanishka Samudaya Nanayakkara – Member of CPD Committee and Mrs. G Jayasoma – Chartered Quantity Surveyor who was the resource person for the course, distributed the  certificates.


    Photo shots of the event follows: Click


  • 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.
  • 21 Apr 2014 3:32 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    The IESL Membership Drive at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya for this year was held on 2 April 2014. At this annual event, 444 Engineering undergraduates lodged their applications for the Student Membership.


    An awareness programme about the activities of the IESL, different classes of membership, how to become a Member, benefits for the members etc.  was conducted in parallel with the Membership Drive. Eng. S.B. Wijekoon, President Elect, represented the IESL and made a presentation and answered many quarries made by the students. Prof. Leelanada Rajapaksha, Dean of the Faculty and Eng. W.R.M.U. Wickramasinghe, University Liaison Officer were also present.


    The event was organized by the IESL Student Chapter at Peradeniya.
     


    Click to view event photos



  • 09 Apr 2014 9:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    A media awareness seminar for creating awareness among media personnel on the scope for engineering based reporting in the country and recognition and rewards they can receive for such reporting was held at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo on Monday, April 7, 2014.

    Dr. Charitha Herath, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information graced the occasion as a special guest. Eng. Ivan De Silva - Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Eng. R.W.R Pemasiri – Secretary to the Ministry of Highways, Ports and Shipping and Eng. Janaka Kurukulasuriya – Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development made presentations of projects under their purview. Media personnel from the print and electronic media attended the event.

    Eng. Shavinranath Fernando -  President of the IESL, Eng. S.B Wijeykoon – President Elect of IESL, Eng. Ranjith Gunawardana – Past President of IESL and Chairman of the Media Liaison Committee of the IESL addressed the audience at the event. Eng. Madhawa Perera – member of the Media Liaison Committee of the IESL and Mr. Ariya Rubasinghe – Veteran Media personality moderated the Q & A session.


  • 26 Mar 2014 12:15 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL, JIY Competition Promotes Global Competition Through Intel ISEF

     

     

    The Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) 2014, for selecting the cream of creative and innovative  among Sri Lankan school children for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  (Intel ISEF)2014 to be held in Los Angeles, USA was conducted at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka on 25th  February 2014. The Intel ISEF is where the best of world’s best young scientists and inventors from over 50 countries come together each year to share their ideas, showcase their cutting edge science and engineering projects and win awards and scholarships.

     

     

    The SLSEF is a joint effort where the Ministry of Education , National Science Foundation (NSF), Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office and the IESL  had joined hands since year 2007 to promote  creativity and innovation among the country’s younger generation. Every year  20 competitors are selected from two separate competitions, the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition conducted by the IESL and the Science Research Project Competition (SRPC) conducted by the NSF, to compete at the SLSEF to select three of the best among them to participate at an international level in the Intel ISEF held in USA.

     

     

    Since beginning to participate in the Intel ISEF, student protégées of Sri Lanka, who has been selected through Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition organized by Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, has done the country proud by managing to win awards and recognition winning the 3rd place grand award in 2009 on their 2nd appearance and clinching the 1st place grand award in Computer Engineering at their 3rd appearance (2010). The latter achievement earned the distinction of a newly discovered planet being named after the winner who was also the Junior Inventor of the Year 2010 nominated to the Intel ISEF competition by the IESL. JIY finalists, were able to won the IEEE Award and Intel Excellence award in computer science in Intel ISEF at 5th  appearance (2012) and also won the 1st  place grand award in category of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Special award from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation at 6th appearance (2013). The fame and recognition achieved so soon has led to a rapid rise in the popularity of the competition among school children all over the country.


    Welcoming the participants to this year’s SLSEF the Vice President of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda pointed out the significant contributions JIY programme is making to the students and the country providing motivation to be creative and innovative.   Also Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda said that the SLSEF is being held for the sixth time and that the country has to be proud of the way its school children has performed in the face of international competition. He  pointed out the exhaustive preliminary selection process undertaken by  the IESL in selecting 50 finalists from the nearly 1000 school children projects demonstrated to panel of judges at Colombo and all the provinces. He said that 20 of the finalists were given the opportunity to  exhibit  their  inventions to  the  industry  and  the  public  at  the  National Engineering Exhibition (TECHNO) in October 2013 at the BMICH.  The top 10 of these finalists have been nominated to the SLSEF 2014 he concluded.

     

     

    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda ,  also pointed out the national achievement, Master Maduranga Karunajeewa, ISEF finalist 2010 had by winning 1st  place under Transport category in the annual Presidential Awards 2011.

     

     

    Mrs Anusha Amarasinghe, Director General of the National Science Foundation, in her address stressed the role innovation has to play in the development of mankind and Mr. Indika De Zoysa of Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office briefed the way modern technology including the microchip has changed the way we live. Prof. Rizvi Sheriff, the Chairman of the Panel of Judges to the SLSEF pointed out that its simple discoveries like mankind’s early fascination with the circle which led to its increased mobility and other developments.

     

     

    Mr. Priyantha Weerabahu, Intel education manager, university academics, senior engineers in the industry, parents, teachers and students participated in the opening ceremony.



  • 25 Jan 2014 9:13 AM | IESL (Administrator)



    Eng. Nihal Kularatna won the Engineering Innovator of the Year Award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence (NZEE) Awards 2013 held on 27th November, 2013. The award was in recognition of his work on improving the efficiency of energy storage systems while also improving power quality issues. A product of the University of Peradeniya he is now an academic at the Waikato University in New Zealand with patents pending for two techniques he developed. He is also engaged in finding solutions to a common engineering problem in developing countries: the severe fluctuations in the utility power supply due to overloaded low voltage distribution lines. He also holds a United States patent for his super capacitor technology (high capacity energy storage).He has held a position at the University of Auckland before he joined the Waikato University in 2006.


    The author of many books and technical papers to journals and international conferences, Eng. Kularatna obtained his BSc (Eng.)(Hons) from the University of Peradeniya in 1976. Having worked as an electronics engineer from 1976 to 1985 he joined the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies in 1985 as a research and development engineer and was appointed its CEO in 2000.which position  he held until he moved to New Zealand with his family.


     The New Zealand Engineering Excellence is conducted by The Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) on behalf of a partnership of engineering organisations – Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA), Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ), New Zealand Contractors’ Federation, Water New Zealand and The New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans. It’s the ultimate recognition for the engineering professionals in New Zealand.
  • 17 Jan 2014 10:07 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    Meet The President of IESL Conference organized by the IESL Ruhuna YMS (Young Members Section) was held on Thursday, 9th  January 2014 from  2:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the IS Seminar Room of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna - Hapugala, Galle. Mr. Rajitha Punsara (graduating engineer and former President of Ruhuna YMS) and Mr. Krishantha (third year engineering student and current President of YMS) were the coordinators and key organizers from the student body.



    A large number (around 150-175) of final year passing out engineering students gathered for an informative and energetic exchange of ideas and action items. Members of the academic staff  too were present. This was the first event of its kind organized at the Ruhuna campus.




    The purpose of the program was to discuss about the importance of the IESL, benefits of being a member in it and issues that students and academics face when dealing with the  IESL. Some key issues were related to Membership renewal and subscription payments in the past, poor communication channels and feedback from the IESL Secretariat, and negative experiences from last year’s Sri Lanka Techno participation.



    The event saw around 250 being enrolled as Student Members by paying membership fees then and there! The audience was made aware of the features of the Membership Management System that would eliminate most of the issues related to membership, getting timely information (event registrations, digital SLEN) and getting in touch with the President/ Council directly via the system to provide feedback, suggest or put forward a question, no matter where they are (emails, forums)



    Dean of the Faculty of Eng. (Dr.) P.D.C Perera Chaired the sessions.

     

    The following participated representing the IESL:

    • President IESL- Eng. Shavindranath Fernando made his presence felt via a recorded video address to the audience 
    • Vice President - Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda 
    • Deputy Executive Secretary - Membership Eng. Badra Jayaweera 
    • Chairman of The Southern (Ruhuna) Chapter IESL - Eng. L S Sooriyabandara 
    • Past Chairman of The Southern Chapter IESL – Eng. Anil Ranjith

    Guest Speaker Eng. Arjuna Manampaeri addressed the audience to elaborate on what the society and the industry expects from passing out engineers and gave a demo on how to post input to Forums. He also highlighted the significant importance of using the special forum - "Job Postings"  (available in the Member section menu) - that is exclusively available to those who have valid registration to access the Membership Management System. He emphasized the importance of marketing the Forum as the premier place for advertising engineering jobs and advertising for member skills / needs for assignments. He stated that it is the responsibility of the IESL Secretariat to promote this critical and useful feature among members and organizations ( using Digital SLEN, news papers, letters to major organizations in all sectors). He emphasized that it will be one of the best benefits to the members. 

     

    Eng. Meegoda gave an excellent presentation about IESL and why the young engineers should participate its activities with vigor. He also elaborated on CEB's training programs and hiring programs and the information was very useful to the large number of Engineers passing out with Electrical Engineering degrees.  He also took immediate action via phone to address a confusion among the academic staff in connection with aligning students for training purposes at the CEB. 



    Eng. Badra Jayaweera was well organized with slides and made it clear how the membership process works all the way to the Charter.

     

    IESL staff did a great job collecting information and enrolling audience as student members. 



    Eng. Sooriyabandara and Eng. Anil Ranjith emphasized the need for many such gatherings in the future in affiliation with the IESL Southern Provincial Center. They both suggested that the gains by IESL in the provinces in 2013 must be extended further through active participation of all regional members and organization in collaboration with the Provincial Center.

     

    A fabulous suggestion came from a student; To Setup an IESL fund for providing small seed capital for experimental projects by students. If IESL could allocate at least half a million to one million every year and fund such projects based on certain criteria both  the IESL and the universities will be able to  show case at least a few items with commercialization potentials to the private sector and the venture capitalist in Sri Lanka This is a need of the hour as the country need such initiatives. This must be targeted to universities.
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