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If progress is to be steady we must have long term guides extending far ahead - Dwight D. Eisenhower


'Engineering education and practices: issues and future challenges’:

Prof. Paul created pathway for Lankans to learn engineering

Late Prof. Robert Hoisington Paul, who was born on February 9, 1904, had his early education in Singapore and subsequently at S. Thomas’s College, Mt. Lavinia. Prof. Paul is one of the acclaimed teachers in the field of electrical engineering, a man with a great vision, dedication and commitment to his profession; a gentleman and an-engineer par-excellence, who created the pathway for many Sri Lankans to learn engineering in Sri Lanka, and most rightfully, being remembered as the 'father of electrical engineering education in Ceylon'.

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Master-builder of engineering knowledge

In the spotlight today is Emeritus Professor Samarajeewa (Sam) Karunaratne, who was Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering and the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa. He is a leading figure who played a pioneering role in the development of the use of computers in the field of engineering. Presently he is the chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), an institution established for the purpose of educating and training Information Technology professionals required by the fast growing IT Industry in Sri Lanka.

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Deduru Oya - first irrigation project to utilize SL expertise

The Deduru Oya is a famous and beautiful river in Sri Lanka. A number of folk stories centering around this Oya have been created. People in the villages call this Oya, 'Appata Putha Kiw Oya.' Stories have originated around the Deduru Oya exemplifying its unpredictability. During the dry season the river is very silent like a sandy ground. However, when it rains the sandy ground automatically turns into a wide river. This situation creates difficulties for the people who live in the low lands.

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Community-based solutions to fore

District and Divisional Reconciliation Committee meetings conducted by Secretaries in the North:

Reconciliation Committee meetings were conducted at Divisional Secretariats in three Districts of the Northern Province between February 25 and 27. The meetings were chaired by Divisional Secretaries at Vavuniya, Vavuniya South, Karachchi, Pachchilappalli and Chavakachcheri, supported by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP, Advisor on Reconciliation to the President. Participants included Grama Niladharis, representatives of Rural Development Societies, School Principals, religious leaders, police officials, medical personnel and officials concerned with social support mechanisms.

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