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IESL Engineering Excellence Awards – 2012


Nominations Close on 16th July 2012
A higher propensity for pursuit of excellence in profession among citizens has been the hallmark of countries that has forged ahead in various fields and overall development. Some of the most innovative solutions to challenges faced by mankind had been a result of the quest for excellence in professions by men and women of great vision, patience and perseverance.

Engineers being the backbone of infrastructure developmentin a country, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), the apex body for the profession in the country encourages pursuit of excellence in engineeringbyrewarding the best and finest of its members,individuals, organizations and companies for their outstanding accomplishments and achievements related to engineering. Nominations / applications are now being accepted for the IESL Engineering Excellence Awards 2012. In this article the President, IESL  and the President Elect,IESL, explain the significance of the awards to the countries development.

President – IESL, Eng. (Dr.) AnandaRanasinghe:
Engineering Excellence Awards was first conducted by the IESL in year 2008 as a low key event but was expanded over the yearsto a grand event and in year 2011 held at the picturesque Waters Edge with the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Mr. AjithNivardCabraal as the chief guest. Awards were presented for Eminence in Engineering, Excellence in Engineering for Individuals, Excellence in Engineering for Organizations and Chartered Engineer Awards.Presently nominations have been called for the Engineering Excellence Awards – 2012 for the award categories of Eminence in Engineering,  Excellence in Engineering for Individuals, Excellence in Engineering for Organizations, Engineering Entrepreneur, Excellence in Journalism, Young Chartered Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Social Responsibilities and Environment, Engineering Heritage and Outstanding Engineering Education. Being  committed to the uplifting of the engineering profession in the country, the IESL undertakes various activities for the qualitative improvement of our engineers in various disciplines with the Engineering Excellence Awards being one of them.

President Elect – IESL, Eng.Tilak De Silva:
The IESL being  the only organization that can award chartered engineer status to engineers in Sri Lanka has more than 4000 chartered engineers in its membership practicing all engineering disciplines throughout the country holding positions from Engineer to CEO in almost all engineering organizations in Sri Lanka. Infrastructure development being the vanguard of the country’s development drive, engineers are in the forefront of laying the foundations on which the country’s economic development has to be built.

The call for local skills and talents to take pride of place in the country’s infrastructure  development is born out of the great engineering tradition the country has had, with its ancient kings engaging in building of  irrigation tanks, stupas, dagabas, fortresses, gardens, etc. Latter-day engineers  of Sri Lanka like Eng.E.O.E.Pereira, Eng. D.J.Wimalasurendra, VidyaJyothi (Eng.)(Dr.)A.N.S.Kulasinghe, Eng.B.D.Rampala,VidyaJyothi (Eng.)(Dr.)Ray Wijewardene and others had carried on the great tradition to the modern times and have established par excellence status to the profession in the country.  Being the apex body of the engineering profession in the country the IESL is committed to  encourageit’s  up-and-coming engineers attain their full potential and mark their place in the history of the modern development of the country.

The IESL will entertain nominations upto 16th July 2012 for the presentation of Engineering Excellence Awards 2012. Details of Eligibility Criteria &Nominations Procedure could be obtained from the IESL
Website:  www.iesl.lk  or by calling the Publicity Officer, IESL on  T/P No. 2698426 Ext 232 or by
E-mail: dir.pub@iesl.lk

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