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Jaffna University holds 22nd convocation

by Jaffna Special Correspondent

Dr. Surendra Ramachandran had his education at Royal College, Colombo and graduated as Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1958 from the Colombo Medical Faculty of University of Ceylon. He had an outstanding academic record obtaining First Class Honours at every examination which included several distinctions and gold medals and the coveted Perry Exhibition which awarded for the best performance at the final MBBS examination during a three year period.

His post-graduate achievements were even better. It is remarkable that he was the only successful candidate at the 1961 MD (Ceylon) examination which he passed at the first attempt. Subsequently he swiftly obtained the MRCP (Lond) in 1964 and MRCP (Glas) in 1964 and MRCP (Edin) in 1965," said Prof. M. Sivasuriya, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jaffna University when he presented Deshamanya Dr. Ramachandran with the award of the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) of the 22nd convocation of the Jaffna University.

Prof. P. Balasundarampillai, Vice Chancellor Jaffna University conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).

Prof. Sivasuriya in his presentation said that in recognition of his academic achievements and contributions to medicine the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of Great Britain conferred on him their Fellowships. Being already elected a fellow of the Ceylon College of Physician in 1988 Dr. Ramachandran had a singular honour of being elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) in 1991. He has written a chapter in the book Asian Nephrology edited by Professor K. S. Chugh. He has presented several papers at many international medical conferences and was an invited speaker in 1997 at the World Congress of the International Society of Nephrology at Sydney, Australia.

He served in the Ministry of Health from 1958 to 1994. He was appointed a Consultant Physician at the General Hospital, Colombo in 1977, a post which he held up to the time of his retirement in 1994.

Prof. R. Kumaravadivel while presenting Emeritus Professor V. K. Ganeshalingam for the award of the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) said Prof. Ganeshalingam got his doctorate from the University of London in 1970. After finishing his doctoral research he returned to Peradeniya and served as a lecturer there until he was appointed as the founder Professor and the Head of the Department of Zoology at the newly established Jaffna campus of the University of Sri Lanka. In Jaffna he was entrusted with the task of organising and developing the departments of Botany and Zoology.

He has authored and co-authored a good number of research articles in local and foreign journals. His research abilities have been recognised by his appointment as a member of the Board of Governors of the Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (CISIR) and the Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS).

He has also won a number of honours and fellowships, Commonwealth Universities Academic Staff Fellowship (UK), Nuffield Commonwealth Fellowship and GTZ Fellowship.

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