IESL first ever District Centre inaugurated in KegalleView(s):
The Chartered Engineering body in Sri Lanka, The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) is the representing body of all the Engineering disciplines in Sri Lanka. The Institution operates from its headquarters in Colombo while providing the engineering related professional, social and other services through provincial centers located in the main districts in all the other provinces. In order to further improve these activities & services provided by IESL, all the Engineers in both public and private sectors and those engineers residing in Kegalle, organized to establish a District Centre of IESL in Kegalle with the support and blessings of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Center and the headquarters of IESL. Forming District Centres is a concept of Eng. Tilak de Silva, the President of IESL.
The inauguration was held on 09th March 2013 at the Salika Inn Hotel in Kegalle. Eng. Tilak de Silva, the President IESL, attended as the Chief Guest. Eng. (Prof.) S. Pathirana, the former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya participated as the Guest of Honour. Also the SSP of Kegalle Mr. Priyalal Dasanayake, the President of the Bar Association of Kegalle Mr. Rajan Ranatunga, Additional District Secretary, Mr. Abeywickrama Wanasooriya & Dr. Sisira Wickramaarachchi representing Chief Executive Officers’ Association (CEOA) of Kegalle, the Principal of Hettimulla Bandaranayake M.V., Mrs. H. T. Dayawathi and the Manager of National Development Bank, Mr. Nalin Jayawardena participated as special invitees. After lighting the traditional oil lamp, Eng. Ajith Abeysooriya delivered the welcome speech. Eng. (Prof.) S. Pathirana delivered the guest lecture. In his speech he requested the new centre to be formed to focus more in the area of innovation as the formation of the centre was itself a creative innovation.
The President of IESL in his speech expressed his gratitude to the organizing committee for working with the organizations like the police and requested to support those organizations with the Engineering knowledge for the betterment of the society and further he pledged that he would support to start member services initiated by the district centre in future.
Eng. Jaliya Bandara, the Regional Manager of Sri Lanka Telecom was elected as the founder chairman of the centre and in his speech he expressed his willingness to work both with the society and to provide the member services more effectively. As a social initiative of the elected chairman and also as the chairman of the Young Members Section of IESL, a scholarship to fund for the whole duration in the University was awarded to student Buddhika Sampath from Hettimulla Bandaranayake M.V. who was the district first in math stream at the last advanced level examination with the support of NDB Bank Kegalle branch.
Eng. Renuka Weerasri, Editor – IESL Kegalle District Centre
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