A humanitarian award - a framed accolade of excellence - was presented to Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera by the Open International University for Complementary Medicines (OIUCM) at its 49th World Congress held last week at the BMICH in Colombo.
This honour was conferred in recognition and appreciation of the invaluable contribution and excellence of Dr. Perera's work- in fostering the ideals of humanitarianism in promotion of accessibility to the built environment enhancing social inclusion for all.
This award was presented to Dr. Perera by Professor Dr. Dame Nguyen Theresa Thu Thuy, International Vice Chancellor of OIUCM, Victoria Australia; Professor Dr. Sir John Hopson - Grand Master of the Knights of Charity, England; and Professor Dr. Sir Mayisvren Ellappen - Dean, Faculty of Complementary Medicines, Allianze University College of Medical Sciences, Malaysia.
Dr. Perera is a Chartered Chemist, a Fellow of many reputed international bodies including the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry London. Since an unfortunate accident, confined him to a wheelchair, he has spearheaded a mission for access for the disabled.
He was instrumental in persuading and promoting the Sri Lanka Standards Institution to establish for the first time in March 2009 a Sri Lankan standard for design in building construction.