IESL inaugurates 2011 engineering course
The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), last week,
inaugurated its five year, part-time engineering course which is
recognized as an equivalent qualification to engineering degrees offered
by state universities in Sri Lanka in fulfilling the academic
qualification required to become a chartered engineer. From a batch of
260 applicants 175 students selected based on their G.C.E. Advanced
Level 2009 results, resumed their Engineering career education at the
Institution as the 2011 Intake.
As the apex body representing the engineering fraternity of Sri
Lanka, the IESL has significantly revised the curriculum of this
degree-equivalent course, to enhance its quality, relevance and
The course consists of five stages, running for five years for
completion. The qualification is well recognized to obtain gainful and
meaningful employment as a fully-fledged engineer, both in the
Government and the private sector.
The associate membership of the institution could also be obtained on
successful completion of this course. The theory classes of the course
will be conducted at the Institution’s headquarters in Colombo, during
the weekends, to enable students already employed, to follow the classes
at ease. Practical and laboratory work will be conducted at the Moratuwa
University and at the Open University of Sri Lanka.
The students will have the option of selecting the discipline of
their choice, from either civil, electrical, mechanical, electronic,
communication and computer engineering.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) Chairman
Eng Prof Sam Karunaratne, the chief guest at the inauguration, said that
professional engineers created wealth for mankind as they laid the
foundation for the modern society and belonged to a lucrative and
They are a class of people who are dynamic, ingenious and innovative,
like to take up new and daunting challenges, and are inclined to engage
in arduous and difficult tasks. Their profession endows them with the
flexibility of choice, intellectual and personal development and
leverage for entrepreneurship, Prof Karunaratna said.
IESL’s President Prof Ananda Jayawardane said that the IESL
Engineering Course opened a ‘window of opportunity’ for those students
who were deprived of gaining entry to the traditional engineering
faculties of the country, due diverse reasons.
The IESL’s engineering course accommodates lateral entry and a
multiple exit, leading to Engineering Certificate, Engineering Diploma
and Graduate Diploma, Prof Jayawardane said. The Education and Training
Committee Chairman Eng Shavindranath Fernando and Vice President Eng
Tilak de Silva also spoke.