Many times a winner Lankan student shines in Papua New Guinea University of TechnologyView(s):
By P.M.N. Bandara
At the graduation ceremony of the University of Technology, Papua New Guinea just a few days ago, a Sri Lankan student’s name was called several times. He went up to receive his degree certificate and then another three times to receive special awards.
Malith Sumanasiri, 23, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology, Papua New Guinea has done his country proud. He was awarded the University Council Medal with merit, the Dean’s award and also the Best Engineering award presented by the Institute of Engineers.
Malith came to PNG as a young boy in 2003 when his father Dr. K.E.D. Sumanasiri joined the same university as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sumanasiri is an alumnus of the University of Peradeniya and former lecturer. Currently he is the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Malith had his all early education in Papua New Guinea. A popular young person in the university, Malith also played cricket for the city team and can speak the local language Tok Pisin fluently. He was awarded a merit government scholarship throughout his university career as he scored very high marks at the grade 12 exam.
He is now working as a cadet engineer at the largest palm oil company in PNG, New Britain Palm Oil.
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