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  • 23 Oct 2014 12:03 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    The ceremonial inauguration of the 108th Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) was held at the SBMEC Auditorium BMICH on Friday 10th October, 2014 from 9.00 am onwards.

     Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Planning was the Chief Guest while Eng. (Prof.) Mohan Munasinghe, Founder Chairman of Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND), Colombo was the Guest of Honour for the event. A large gathering of distinguished invitees, Past Presidents and members of the IESL attended the event. 

    The event, held in October of each year, symbolizes the beginning of a new one-year-period under a new Council and President of the IESL and the simultaneous concluding of business of the previous Council and presidency. At this year’s event Eng. S.B. Wijekoon was inducted as the President of the IESL for the 2014 / 2015 Sessions.

    President's inaugural address

  • 21 Oct 2014 2:20 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    Responding to the demands of its globally dispersed membership the IESL has established overseas chapters in Western Australia, New Zealand and Qatar this year in quick succession. The chapter in Western Australia which was the second  in that country (It already has a chapter in New South Wales Australia established during 2009/2010 sessions) together with that in New Zealand were established in June this year. The Qatar Chapter, the first in West Asia region, was established in September this year. Eng. Shavindranath Fernando – President of IESL for the 2013 / 2014  sessions personally attended the inauguration ceremonies of all  three new chapters.

    For news on these chapters access the respective pages under Chapters in the IESL website.
  • 15 Oct 2014 11:58 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    This year’s FIESCA Regional seminar held in Colombo saw heavy international participation. Held as part of the Inauguration of the 108th Annual Sessions of the IESL on Saturday, 11th October, 2014 at the Mihilaka Medura, BMICH, the seminar had “Innovative Technologies for Excellence in Engineering” as its theme. 


    It was organized by the IESL in association with the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia, FIESCA. 


    President of the IESL Eng. Shavindranath Fernando delivered the Welcome Address. The   Guest Speaker for the event was Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty who spoke on “ Current Efforts to Achieve Resource Efficiency through the next Wave of Innovation”. 


    The Keynote Address on “Innovation in Engineering Education” was delivered by Prof. Robin King. 

    The Technical Sessions that followed saw country presentations being made from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.





    Click to veiw Photo coverage of the event

  • 13 Oct 2014 11:48 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) held the inauguration of its 108th Annual Sessions at the SBMEC Auditorium BMICH on Friday 10TH October, 2014 from 9.00 am onwards.  Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Planning was the Chief Guest while Eng. (Prof.) Mohan Munasinghe, Founder Chairman of Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND), Colombo was the Guest of Honour for the event.  A large gathering of distinguished invitees, Past Presidents and members of the IESL attended the event. 

    The key item of the event was the induction of Eng. S.B. Wijekoon as the President of the IESL for the 2014 / 2015 Sessions.




    Click to veiw Photo coverage of the event

  • 30 Sep 2014 1:05 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    A special memento presented by the  Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) to the IESL during the courtesy visit paid to the IEM by members of the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee (MESC) of the IESL during their recent tour of Malaysia was officially handed over to the IESL at its Special Council Meeting held on Monday, 22nd September, 2014. Eng. Asantha Sumanarathna , Chairman - MESC handed over the memento to the President – IESL, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando. The MESC held its Annual Get Together for the 2013 / 2014 Annual Session in Malaysia during the period 5th to 9th September, 2014.




  • 28 Aug 2014 11:16 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The annual Induction and Graduation ceremony of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) for the year 2014 was held at the BMICH on 22nd August, 2014 from 4.00 pm onwards.


    Dr. S.M.M. Ismail – Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Professor Mohan Kumaraswamy – Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong was the Guest of Honour for the occasion.. This year’s event conferred Chartered Engineer status on 162 Associate Members of the institution, inducting them into the fold of Corporate Members. Forty one students who successfully completed the IESL Engineering Course also received their certificates.


    The event also saw awards being presented to winners of several memorial awards for various categories of engineers and final year undergraduates who obtained best marks for industrial training. School children who excelled in the annual Junior Inventor of the Competition affiliated to the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair also received Scholarships.


    Event photos


  • 26 Aug 2014 11:21 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Engineering Excellence Awards Ceremony for 2014 the  premier event for rewarding outstanding  achievements by engineers, engineering enterprises and engineering journalists, organized by the apex professional body for engineering in the country, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), was held at the Grand Ball Room of the Waters Edge on Friday, 15th August, 2014 from 6.00 pm onwards. Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Hon. Faizer Mustapha, Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion was the Guest of Honor. The most prestigious Eminence in Engineering Award was awarded to Prof. Mohan Munasinghe who was the Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4) that  shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, the first–ever Sri Lankan to be associated with the great honour. The Excellence in Engineering Awards for Individuals went to Eng. Ranjith  Jayakumara  Gunawardana (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) and Eng. Liyanarachchige Parakrama Jayasinghe (Mechanical Engineering) in their respective sectors.


    The winners in the different award categories were as follows:

     

    Eminence in Engineering Award

    Prof.Mohan Munasinghe

    Excellence in Engineering Awards for Individuals

    Eng. Ranjith  Jayakumara  Gunawardana (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

    Eng. Liyanarachchige Parakrama Jayasinghe (Mechanical Engineering)

    Engineering Entrepreneur Award

    Eng. Lalith Kahatapitiya

    Eng. Manulal Nandana Jayaruwan Edirisinghe –( Merit Award )

    Eng. Daya Hettiarachchi –( Merit Award )

    Award for Excellence in Engineering Journalism

    Mr. Nihal P Abeysinghe  (Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd.)

    Chartered Engineer Awards

    Eng. Prabodha  Chithralal Jinasena (Civil Engineering)

    Social Responsibilities and Environment Award

    Not Awarded

    Engineering Heritage Award

    Not Awarded

    Outstanding Engineering Education Award

    Not Awarded

    President’s Award

    Eng. (Prof.) B.L. Tennekoon

    Special  Award

    Eng. Tilak De Silva

     

    Excellence in Engineering Awards for Organizations


    Manufacturing (Large)

    M/s Orel Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd.  

    Construction (Large)

    M/s Tudawe Brothers (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Construction (Medium)

    Not Awarded

    Engineering - Services

    M/s Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Engineering Consultancy  Services

    M/s Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau


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  • 26 Aug 2014 9:24 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The portrait of the Immediate Past President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva, joined the portraits of all its past presidents adorning the hallowed walls of its Committee Room when it was unveiled at a simple ceremony held at the IESL on Friday, 8th August, 2014. Past Presidents of the present era and Council members attended the event with. Eng. Tilak De Silva himself being present.




    Eng. Tilak De Silva joined the IESL in 1992 and become a Fellow in 1999 and served  in the IESL Council for almost 15yrs in various capacities including 3 consecutive years as Vice President before being elected as President Elect for the 2011/2012 Sessions. His tenure as President of the IESL was during the 2012 / 2013 Sessions.


    Click here for the full text of his speech at the event.


    Eng. Tilak De Silva is currently the Chief innovation  Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom and hails from Panadura. He attended Sri Sumangala College, Panadura and obtained his graduate degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa in 1983 and his MSc in Data Communications from the Brunel University, UK in 2002.


    He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council, UK, Fellow and Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society and Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA.



  • 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

     

     

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