114. Supplication for General Convocation Posted: 29/12/2005
Notice of Supplication First degree and Notice of Supplication postgraduate degrees/diplomasfor the General Convocation 2006 to be held on 15th March 2006 has been published. The closing date for supplications is 06 January 2006. The supplication fee for the first degree is Rs 650/- while for postgraduate degrees is Rs 850/-. [Supplication fee for degrees in absentia is Rs 200/-]113. Long Service Award - Electrical Engineering Posted: 29/12/2005
Supplication forms are included with the respective supplication notice.
The original of the form for the first degrees is on white paper and for postgraduate degrees on yellow paper. It would be preferable to take printouts in the correct colour for easy identification at the examination division. Official forms can be obtained from the SAR/Examinations.
Among those to receive the Long Service Award at the ceremony to be held on 2nd Janury 2006, is Prof J R Lucas for completing 35 years of continuous and meritorius service to the University.112. New Year Greetings and Blessings Posted: 29/12/2005
Prof Rohan Lucas joined the staff as a iLecturer in Electrical Engineering on 13 March 1970 and left for higher studies at Manchester, UK in 1971. On returning with his PhD in 1974, he was made an Assistant Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. Since then he has risen through the ranks of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor to reach that of Senior Professor.
The first working day of the New Year (2nd January 2006) would be commenced, as has been the tradition in the recent past, with the recital of Seth Pirith at 0815 hrs at the Budu Madura, followed by a multi-religious ceremony in the James George Hall commencing at 0900 hrs. [Lighting of the oil lamp, Buddhist blessings, Hindu blessings, Christian blessings, Muslim blessings] This would be followed by the award of medals for long service of the staff.111. IESL gears up for the Centenary in 2006
The Vice-Chancellor has invited all staff to be present at the above ceremonies and to join in partaking of kiribath and other traditional foods thereafter at the Gymnasium.
Extracted from the letter of the Vice Chancellor on the above subject dated 23 December 2005
The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka is on the eve of celebrating its Birth Centenary. From humble beginnings almost hundred years ago in our ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, IESL has transformed itself today to become the apex body of engineering in the country. What was first formed by nineteen senior government officers, fourteen of whom were engineers, in Anuradhapura, as the Engineering Association of Sri Lanka in 1906 has evolved to become the oldest Engineering Instituion in the Whole of Asia. Centenary celebrations will commence on 6th January 2006.110. Madam Vishaka heads Computer Science & Engineering Department
Extracted from the Sri Lanka Engineering News, 12 December 2005
Madam Vishaka Nanayakkara has been appointed as actomg Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering by the Vice Chancellor to succeed Dr Sanath Jayasena who stepped down due to other committments. Our Best Wishes go to her in her new appointment.109. Minimum "Z" Score for selection from April 2005 A/L
The UGC has released the Minimum "Z" Score for selection to the various courses of study in respect of each district today. The University of Moratuwa intends to have the inauguration for the students who have been selected for the BSc Engineering course towards the end of January 2006.108. SpeakOlympiad - 2005 : Finalists
A comparison of "Z" scores for 2005/06 is also available on our web site. The corresponding "Z scores" for the previous intakes 2004/05 and 2003/04 are also available on our site.
The preliminaries of the "SpeakOlympiad - 2005" organized by the Gavel Club of the University Of Moratuwa, an affiliate of Toastmasters International was held on the 22nd of December, 2005. Twenty eight (28) participants took part and the best five (5) were selected for the finals.107. Wishes for the New Year 2006
The finals will be held on the 29th of December, 2005 at the Textile Auditorium commencing at 3.30 p.m.
M. H. V. Dulini Yasara Mudunkotuwe Level 1 Gayan Gunawardene Level 3 J. M. Madusha Tharaka Jayasinghe Level 2 Aravinda Dassanayaka Level 1 Asitha Senanayake Level 1
This news item has been submitted by Melinda Yasaranji
While remembering the victims of the 26th December 2004 Tsunami, on its first anniversary, let us join hands to wish a healthy and prosperous future for everyone in the coming year 2006.106. Electrical Engineering conducts presentation for First Year students
The Department of electrical engineering held a one-and-half hour presentation for Level 1 students about to finish their first year of studies giving them information about the electrical engineering field, to help them in their field selection. Among the speakers were105. Hiranya to leave for higher studies in Manitobaf
- Professor Ranjit Perera, on Some ideas from the Head of Department
- Level 4 students Akila Subasinghe and Dinuk de Coogne, on Why electrical engineering was their first choice and their experiences both academic and extracurricular
- Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara, on developments in renewable energy
- Dr Sisil Kumarawadu and Dr Lanka Udawatta, on Projects in electrical engineering and industrial automation
- Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga on the future and conclusions
Hiranya Suriyarachchi who has been serving as a probationary lecturer for quite some time, has secured funding to do postgraduate studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He will be undertaking research in appied electromagnetics under the direction of Professor Ciric.104. SpeakOlympiad - 2005 organised by the Gavel Club of the University of Moratuwa
The Gavel Club (an affiliate of Toastmasters International) of the University of Moratuwa has organised the SpeakOlympiad 2005. The Gavel Club was established earlier this year for the main purpose of improving the communication and leadership skills of our undergraduates.103. Manamperi Memorial Award 2005
The SpeakOlympiad 2005 is an intra-university speech contest which will include the following events.
This news item has been supplied by Melinda Yasaranji (Level 3 Electrical, and Vice President Education of the Gavel Club)
- A Pre-Contest presentation by CTM Saleem from the IESL Toastmasters Club on 12/12/2005 at the Textile Auditorium at 5.45 p.m.
- The Preliminaries on 22/12/2005 at the Textile Auditorium
- The Finals on 29/12/2005 (tentative)
The project "Design and construction of a constant voltage transformer" submitted by the following group of electrical engineering undergraduate students and supervised by Prof J R Lucas, Prof H Y R Perera and Mr Kosala Gunawardena (Lanka Transformers Ltd) has been selected as the winner of the Manamperi Memorial Award - 2005 by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. The award will be made on Monday 12th December at the BMICH.
- Wijesinghe KC (010440)
- Yatiyana EMMB (010448)
- Mendis NNR (010232)
- Vithya V (010414)
The Tea colour separator for tea industry of the Engineering Design Centre of the University of Moratuwa has been awarded the National Award - Quality improvement of products or processes on 10 November 2005. The Award has been made by the Ministry of Science and Technology.101. Prof Chitra Wedikkara new Dean/Architecture
Prof Chitra Wedikkara has been elected as the new Dean of the Faculty of Architecture with effect from 1 December 2005. She suceeds Prof Nimal de Silva.100. Professor Malik Ranasinghe appointed Vice-Chancellor Posted: 23/11/2005
Professor Malik Ranasinghe has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa by Her Excellency President Chandrika Kumaratunga, as perhaps one of her last acts as the President of Sri Lanka.
The appointment is based on the election by the University Council to succeed Professor Dayantha Wijeyesekera who completed his term of office recently.
Prof Malik Ranasinghe served as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering for three years from March 2001, and prior to that as the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. He will be fomally inducted as the new Vice-Chancellor at an Induction Ceremony scheduled for Friday 25th November 2005. Our best wishes go to the new Vice Chancellor.
Among the National Honours conferred by Her Excellency President Chandrika Kumaratunga, at the National Honours Investiture Ceremony held at the BMICH on 14th November 2005, are the following.098. Project wins IESL/IWMI technical paper competition 2005 Posted: 23/11/2005
- Sir Arthur Clarke (former Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa) with Sri Lankabhimannya (Sri Lanka's highest national honour)
- Dr Phillip Reyvatha Wijewardena (Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa) with Desamanya
- Dr Roland Silva (Council Member of the University of Moratuwa) with Deshanmanya
- Prof Dayantha Wijesekera (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa) with Vidya Jyothi
- Ms Somalatha Subasinghe (Council Member of the University of Moratuwa) with Kala Keerthi
The Automated Rainfall Measurement System, a final year project of the 99 batch has won the IESL/IWMI technical paper competition 2005 (Under 35 Category)097. Differently abled P Jayathilaka wins TOYP Award 2005 Posted: 23/11/2005
Title of award - Enhancing Productivity of Water through improved planning & designing, Technological development and innovating management solutions
The recipients are Shamali Gunawardena, BMD Rangana and Manoj Fernando
The project was supervised by Dr. Ashok Peiris and Prof Dileeka Dias, and was sponsored by the UN University with the collaboration of Dr. Sirkantha Herath.
A pilot system is scheduled to be implemented in the Kothmale area in a few weeks time.
96. Inauguration of the University of Moratuwa Toastmaster's Club Posted:09/11/2005
TOYP 2005 Awards Ceremony was held on 13th November 2005 at the Trans Asia Hotel. Ten outstanding individuals, between the ages of 18 and 40 years, whose personal and professional achievements in a chosen field are exemplary, outstanding and nationally beneficial are conferred national recognition, to serve as an example and an incentive to youth to channel their energies in the right direction and create a positive change in the society. The ten categories for which the TOYP Awards may be given are business, economic and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment, legal and/or public administration, academic leadership and/or accomplishment, cultural achievement, moral and/or environmental leadership, contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights, humanitarian and/or voluntary service, scientific and/or technological development, medical innovation, and personal improvement and/or accomplishment.
Engineer Pahala Gedara Jayathilake received the award for Personal accomplishment. Jayathilaka was born in 1976 in the remote village of Dandubendiruppa near Dambulla. At the age of two years, he was stricken with polio, which affected his mobility for the rest of his life. His physical disability combined with the poor economic situation of his family (about Rs. 4000 or $40 a month cultivating vegetables to feed eight children) delayed the start of his primary education by four years. His father Appuhamy died of cancer when he was 10. He crawled on all fours till he was 10 years old when he was donated a tricycle and he begun schooling from Dandubendiruppa village school in 1986. [No school wanted a cripple crawling on all fours. "Why educate him? He is a cripple" that is what his mother heard, when she tried to enroll Jayathilaka in a village school].. However, he strode ahead to get the first place at the GCE O/L exam in his educational zone of Galewala. That achievement helped him gain admission to the Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala.from where he raced further to secure the first place again in the Matale district for the GCE A/L exam.
With Rs. 1000 in hand Jayathilaka came to the University of Moratuwa to read a degree in Engineering in 1998. He was awarded a scholarship by AFLAC (Association For Lighting A Candle) during his undergraduate studies. He passed out as the top student in his field of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours in 2004 receiving the Jayaweera Kuruppu award.
Currently he is a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University of Moratuwa and a coordinator of AFLAC for differently able students Jayathilake goes from village to village with AFLAC and gives speeches to little children inspiring them.
He has now received a full scholarship from Singapore to read for a PhD at the National University of Singapore.
Jayathilake has reached great heights with pure raw courage and does not stop there. He looks back on the path he tugged relentlessly and goes back to help. He is no doubt inspiration to those who are reluctant to overcome obstacles.
How does a crippled boy in crutches, from an obscure village, walk into the University of Moratuwa with one thousand rupees and walk away as a top student? Why does he then join AFLAC, the organisation that helped him and become an AFLAC coordinator for another poor student in the university who has no arms? Why does Jayathilaka then go from village to village with AFLAC and give speeches to little children inspiring them to struggle and study and example them with his 'nothing' to 'everything' story.
This is not talk the talk; it is much more. It is crawl the walk with empty pockets and crutches with nothing but pure raw courage. It does not stop there, Jayathilaka gets his medals and looks back on the path he trudged relentlessly and goes back to help. That itself is a fairy tale, of the crippled boy and his armless protoge.
This is rare greatness and should be honoured and emulated. If not for anything, at least for the wonderful footprints he leaves on the sand for others to follow. It is not only footprints, there are crutch marks too.
Whatever your goals may be, much of your success in life will depend on your ability to speak. People who can effectively communicate possess one of the skills necessary for successful living. Toastmasters International provides the tools that enable people to develop this skill. In Toastmasters, you learn by doing; by actually speaking to groups. You learn in comfortable surroundings, not in a sterile classroom environment.95. B Sc Engineering, Degree Results - October 2005 Posted:09/11/2005
The Inaugural Meeting of the University of Moratuwa Toastmaster's Club was held commencing at 05.00 p.m. on Tuesday the 8th November 2005 at the Textile Auditorium. CTM Prof. Ananda Jayawardane, who was instrumental in organising the Toastmaster's club at the University, was elected as its first President. Among the distinguished gathering were Competant Toast Masters from other clubs, the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar.
The Club aims to meet at the Textile auditorium every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. All academic and non academic staff, and postgraduate students are at present eligible to be members.
The Board of Examiners for the award of the BSc Engineering degree was held yesterday, for the second batch (Intake 2001) passing out under the Semester System . The results have been released subject to confirmation by the University Senate.094. MSc 2004/05 Group Photo Posted: 03/11/2005
Two students obtained the overall highest GPA of 3.99: RLADN Senaratne (En & Tc Eng) and AN Levinshan (Civil Eng). The highest in the electrical engineering field with a GPA of 3.82 is Manoj Liyanage, and the highest in the CS & Eng field with a GPA of 3.96 are CM Jayalath and PGL Sandakith jointly.
Overall class distribution, the distribution in the CE3 group, and the detailed results of the electrical engineering students who have completed are given below.
Result Overall Electrical Engineering Electronic & Telecom Eng Computer Sc & Eng First Class 53 05 21 10 Second Class (Upper Division) 201 33 38 27 Second Class (Lower Division) 186 10 19 12 Ordinary Passes 17 - - -
The Group Photo of MSc Batch 2004/05, which was taken on 28th October has now been posted on the web.093. Inauguration of the 20th Anniversary Exhibition of CS&E Posted: 31/10/2005
The 20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, will be held on Thursday 3rd November 2005 at 1600 hrs. The Exhibtion will continue on Friday 4th November and Saturday 5th November.092. Inauguration of the President of the OPA Posted: 31/10/2005
Eng D Lakdasa Taldena will be ceremonially inducted as the twenty-fifth President of the Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka, on Thursday 3rd October 2005 at the Water's Edge. Prof Dayantha S Wijeyesekera will be the Chief Guest.091. End of Taught MSc Programme Get-together Posted: 31/10/2005
Our best wishes go to Lakdasa who has been a past lecturer in our deparment.
The MSc students from the taught programme in Electrical Engineering, which commenced in October 2004 organised a get-together for the academic staff at the San Michele Resort on Friday 28th October 2005.090. Inauguration of the MSc Programmes in Electrical Engineering Posted: 31/10/2005
The Inauguration of the MSc Programmes in Electrical Engineering was held on Friday 28th October 2005 in the presence of a distinguished gathering which included the Dean/Engineering, Heads of Departments of Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics & Telecommunications. While the Electrical Engineering MSc was a well established programme, the Industrial Automation MSc and the Electrical Installations MSc were commenced for the first time. In total around 60 students enrolled for the three programmes.089. We are With You - an Update Posted: 24/10/2005
The We are with you programme conducted by the EESoc was successfully concluded on Saturday 22nd October 2005. Around 200 students from the Deaf school Ratmalana together with their teachers actively participated in the events.088. Electrical Nite 2005 - an Update Posted: 24/10/2005
Prof Rohan Lucas, Prof Ranjit Perera and Dr Lanka Udawatte participated from the staff of the department. Ms Marie Wijeratne, Pricipal of the deaf school and several teachers from the deaf school also participated in the programme.
- an art exhibition and competition of paintings created by almost all the deaf students, with prizes given to each of the grades.
- an inspiring film show of how a deaf and blind girl was taught endure long years to finally graduate, by a very dedicated teacher.
- multi-media projected General Knowledge Quiz competitions among the deaf students, conducted at two levels - Juniors and Seniors, with prizes given.
- A cultural dance show performed by the deaf students.
- donation of gifts (courtesy of Well-wishers) to the Deaf School.
- cricket match for the deaf children in the University grounds with a prize given
- extracurricular activities in the University gymnasium with prizes given for each event
- Keeping the eye on the elephant
- a race including eating buns hanging from a string with the hands tied behind the back.
- blind folded child feeding another blindfolded child yogurt
- a relay of 7 in a group to pass a basket ball overhead and the last to run forward and repeat same once more
- A race incluing Blowing balloons till they burst
- A hopping event on left leg with a balloon tied to it to destroy the balloons of the others using only the hopping foot, while keeping their balloons intact
- breaking a clay pot with a rod while blindfolded
- Shooting a platic dart at a target
- The legged race with the adjacent foot of two people tied together.
The Electrical Nite 2005 was successfully completed recently with many entertaining items, including songs in Sinhala and Tamil. The highligh of the event was the ever popular drama created and directed by the new Level 2 students who were beings welcomed to the department by their seniors. The drama was about the choice of ward 3 in the lunatic asylum, about the plucking of fruits, and about treatment at the lunatic asylum.087. Electrical Nite 2005 Posted 14/10/2005
The Editor interprets the story to be based on field selection in the engineering faculty to the Electrical Engineering department, registration of courses with the academic adviser and about the lack of computer resources in the department. The full script of the play has been translated and is available, with an ingenious method of giving the hidden meanings in relevant places
Trical Nite '05 will be held at the University Gymnasium tonight (14th October 2005) commencing at 1830 hrs. The main purpose of the event is to welcome the freshers to the department (Level 2 students) by their immediate seniors (Level 3 students). All the academic stall will grace the occassion.086. EESoc Award for the Best Final Year Project Posted 13/10/2005
The Final Year Projects in the Electrical Engineering Stream which were demonstrated at the BMICH at the Innovations UOM 2005 in September 2005 and thereafter presented to the staff and students, was evaluated by a panel consisting of all the Senior Academic Staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Due to the high quality of the projects, it was with a lot of deliberation that the following was selected as the Best Project for the EESoc Award.085. Summary of Result of Theory of Electricity
Design and construction of a constant voltage transformer
The Project was supervised by Prof Rohan Lucas, Prof Ranjit Perera and Mr Kosala Gunawardena (Lanka Transformers Ltd)
- Wijesinghe KC (010440)
- Yatiyana EMMB (010448)
- Mendis NNR (010232)
- Vithya V (010414)
The following Projects were placed second and third respectively.
- Behaviour control of robot for detecting landmines
Liyanage M, Liyanage MK, Perera MDTE, Subagini N, supervised by Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara
- An automatic feeder to train guinea pigs to detect landmines, Karunarathne DNW, Ganakesavan T, Herath PAPM, Nanyakkara OMKK, supervised by Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara
The preliminary unconfirmed results of the course EE201 - Theory of Electricity have been displayed on the notice board, since Friday 7th October, for student comments. There is no reference as to what the abbreviations for the grades refer to. So I have reproduced a summary with the relevant descriptions.084. Coming Soon ! Theory of Electricity Results
Note: The editor has just reproduced figures displayed and takes no responsibility for the very poor performance of the students.
- Inventive - 0.5%,
- Fantastic - 0.5%,
- Excellent - 0%
- Distinctive - 0%,
- Less (-) Creditable - 5%,
- Creditable - 9%,
- Extra (+) Creditable - 5%,
- Less (-) Bad - 5%,
- Bad - 9%,
- Extra (+) Bad - 5%,
- Less (-) Awful - 22%,
- Awful - 23%,
- Extra (+) Awful - 25%.
Coming Soon ! Theory of Electricity Results. L2S1 students, I understand, have been dreading this moment. The arrival of the Theory of Electricity Results. Comments from students immediately after the completion of the Examination paper on 23 September 2005 indicated that the paper was not only difficult but there was hardly any time given to answer the 7 questions which were all compulsory.083. W D Anura S Wijayapala assumes duties as Temporary Senior Lecturer
A sneak preview of the results seem to confirm the worst fears of the students. The performance of a significant number of students can be classified as Awful, while some can even be classified as Extra Awful. Others had done the paper relatively Badly, to varying degrees and only a few had done Creditably, and no one had obtained a Distinction, but the peformance of one candidate can be considered as Fantastic.
Our sympathies are with the majority of students concerned.
The poor results are attributed to poor communication skills.
NOTE 1: The complete news items
willwas only bereleased this afternoon. This was ready for release on 3 October 2005, but had to be delayed because the students arewere having the examination for other courses till the 7th October 2005.
Note 2: The Editor understands that sometimes, due to poor communication skills, the term "Extra Awful" has been assoicated with the grade A+. The editor also understands that the student who performed fantastically was not even present for the examination.
Mr W D A S Wijayapala who was earlier with Lanka Tranformers Limited, has joined the department as a temporary Senior Lecturer with effect from 3rd October 2005. He will be initially with us for a period of 6 months. We are glad to have him with us.082. Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga presents country paper
081. Question papers and model answers aug/sep 2005
Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga is presently in Islamabad to make presentation to the SAARC Energy Secretaries Meeting (precursor to SAARC Energy Ministers Meeting, Oct 01, 2005) on Regional Energy Security on behalf of the team which studied this subject and produced the country reports and the regional report.
The presentation is the outcome of a study carried out for the region by an expert group under the South Asia Regional Initiative on Energy of the USAID. The team of experts are Mr. T. L. Sankar Honorary Advisor, Energy Group, ASCI, India Mr. Hilal A. Raza Director General, Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan Prof. Abul Barkat Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga, Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahesh P. Acharya Project Coordinator, Nepal Electricity Authority Mr. D.N. Raina Senior Energy Advisor, Nexant Inc
This report has been critically reviewed by the following eminent energy sector personalities. Dr. Kamal Hossain Former Foreign, Petroleum and Law Minister of Bangladesh Mr. Usman Aminuddin Former Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources of Pakistan Dr. Kirit Parikh Member, Planning Commission and Minister of State, Government of India Prof Mahendra P. Lama Professor and Chairman, South Asian Studies, JNU, Delhi, India Dr. Binayak Badhra Former Member, Planning Commission of Nepal Prof. K.K.Y.W. Perera Former Secretary, Ministry of Power and Energy, Sri Lanka
The final report of this important study will be made public within the next month or so and would be extremely useful to those who work on Energy Policy related areas.
The question papers of EE427 High Voltage Breakdown and Testing and EE201 Theory of Electricity and the model answers of EE427 and EE201 held in 16 August 2005 and 23 September 2005 are now available on the web.080. Best Exhibits at Inovations UOM 2005
The following were judged as the best exhibits at the Innovations UOM 2005 held at the BMICH from 16th to 18th September 2005.079. Annual Colours Awards 2004
Three Overall Best Innovative Exhibits
- Selective plucking machine for tea, Department of Mechanical Engineering- Supervisor(s): Dr. M. A. R. V. Fernando; Members: R. P. P. Krishantha H. R. P. Panduka C. Karunarathne
- Workstation for a blind person,Department of Mechanical Engineering - Supervisor(s): Dr. U. P. Kahangama;Members: D.K.T.A. Karunarathna R.P.S. Kumara U.D.A.K. Uswatte T.N. Walpita
- Automatic Animal Feeder System to train Animals to detect Landmines - Department of Electrical Engineering; Supervisor(s): Dr. Thrisantha Nanayakkara; Members: T. Ganakesavan P.A.P.M. Herath D.N.W. Karunarathne O.M.K.K. Nanayakkara
The following were also selected as the best exhibits under specified criteria.
- Best Innovative Exhibit for social and economic upliftment in Sri Lanka
Needle Asher for used Needle Disposal - Department of Chemical & Process Engineering - Supervisor(s): Mr. S.A.S. Perera, Mrs Deepa Gamage (Industrial Development Board); Members: S.A.R. Chaminda E.R.M.C.P. Dayananda N.R.G. Gamage S.H.S. Hewage W.G.A.N. Jayathilake G.K. Jayatunge J.A.T.K. Jayakody P.M.Y.S. Pathiraja K.V.D. Wimalasiri
- Best innovative Exhibit for social and cultural improvement in Sri Lanka
- Posture Base Seating Design for the primary School Children- Mr. Vihanga Nirman RathnayakeCourse: Bachelor of Design (Furniture) Faculty of Architecture
The Annual Colours Awards Ceremony 2004 of the University of Moratuwa will be held on 9th September 2005 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium, commencing at 1600 hrs.78. We are With You! - A Programme for Deaf Children Posted:08/09/2005
The Chief Guest for the function will be Mr. Clive LLoyd, ICC Match Referee and Former Captain of the West Indies Cricket Team. The Guest of Honour will be the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dayantha Wijeyesekera.
It is a pity that the young students of the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (at Ratmalana) are generally left only to the fences of their own fields. Although differently gifted, their creativity and feelings towards the nature are second to none.077. IEE YMS Annual Technical Conference
It is sad that the community has forgotten such importance in these young children, and not often got involved in common functions for these youth. Though the Schools are funded by various organisations, what these students lack is the love and care from the Community.
The Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) of the University of Moratuwa has realised the importance of making them believe that they are being loved by the Community and not left behind. Thus it is the intention of the members of EESoc to raise the moral of these young ones (at the School for the Deaf), so that their talents and skills are not buried in silence. Our vision is to prepare the minds of these children, in making them value-adding citizens in the future.
EESoc will again be conducting the We are with You! programme for children of the Deaf School, Ratmalana on Saturday 22nd October 2005, at the University of Moratuwa premises for the sixth year in succession. The overwhelming support of the Deaf School and the University Community over the past has made the programme sustainable.
Around 200 children (day scholars and boarders) are expected to take part in the memorable events organised for this day. These are likely to include an Art Exhibition of the Children's paintings, a Cultural show, a Cartoon Show, a Magic Show, a Sports Carnival, a Debate and a Quiz Programme for the Children.
Recent events November 2004, February 2004, January 2003.
The Annual Technical Conference 2005 of the Younger Members Section of the IEE Sri Lanka will be held today commencing at 0900 hrs at the Ground Floor Auditorium of the Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering of the University of Moratuwa. A large number of high quality papers will be presented.076. Dr Shantha Ranatunga visits the department
Dr Shantha Ranatunga who is working for NEMMCO - National Electricity Market Management Company Limited in Queensland, Australia, visited the department and had discussions with the academic staff.075. Dr M A R V Ferndo receives awards at President's Award Ceremony
Dr M A R V Fernando received several awards at the President's Award Ceremony 2005 held on 22nd July 2005 for his inventions and innovations.074. EESoc AGM and Annual Get-together
The 10th EESoc AGM and Annual Get-together was held at the BMICH on Saturday 6th August 2005. A Panel discussion on Power Sector Development and the National Economy was held as part of the event. This year, the theme of the event was Energy - Heart and Soul of the Economy.073. Amendment to Advertisement for the Post of Vice Chancellor
Dr Lanka Udawatta took over as the
President, EESoc from Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara.
The Chief Guest for the Event was the Hon. Susil Premajayanth, Minister of Power and Energy, and the Guest of Honour was Prof. Mohan Munasinghe .
The Registrar and Secretary to the University Council, has published the following notice on 24th August, as an amendment to the notice advertising the position of Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa.072. Opening Ceremony of Building to House IT Faculty temporarily"The paragraph three (03) of the said advertisement is hereby amended to read as follows:
The Vice-Chancellor shall, unless he vacates office earlier or is removed from office in terms of the Universities Act No.16 of 1978 as amended, hold office for a term of three years or until he has completed his sixty fifth year, whichever event occurs earlier."
All other conditions laid down in the previous advertisement under reference would remain unaltered.
In this circumstance the deadline for the receipt of applications/nominations for the position of Vice-Chancellor, University of Moratuwa by the undersigned has been extended up to 12.00 noon on 05.09.2005.
The Opening Ceremony of the Building to temporarily house the Faculty of Information Technology will be held on 6th September 2005 under the auspices of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dayantha S. Wijeyesekera.071. Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Multipurpose Auditorium
The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Multipurpose Auditorium will be held on 8th September 2005 under the auspices of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dayantha S. Wijeyesekera.070. Opening Ceremony of New Gymnasium
The Opening Ceremony of the New Gymnasium of the University of Moratuwa will be held on 6th September 2005 under the auspices of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dayantha S. Wijeyesekera.069. R A Wimalasiri retires after a long service
Mr R A Wimalasiri, Electrical Wiring, Craft Demonstrator retired recently after serving the Department of Electrical Engineering for a very long period. The Department will pay tribute to him for the services rendered by him to the University during a period of 36 years, on 1st September 2005. Our Best Wishes go to him on his retirement.068. Eligible Electrical Engineer working overseas seeks CDMA bride
A young and eligible Electrical Engineering graduate, who has recently gone abroad on a telecommunication assignment, is seeking a CDMA bride who can be obtained with (less queues) and who will cause (less trouble), (less rumble) and who will (cost less) to maintain. Since he has very little leave, he would like to , (come, take a bride off-the-shelf and leave).067. A Aravinthan awarded an MSc degree
Note: The editor has lost the contact information of the prospective groom, and would like both the groom and any prospective brides to respond
c/o news item 68, EE News.
Mr. A. Aravinthan (03/8037) has successfully completed his MSc degree with a major component of research, effective from 01 July 2005. His research was carried out on A Novel Behaviour based mobile robotic platform for landmine detection under the supervision of Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara.066. Dr Sisil P Kumarawadu joins the Academic Staff
Dr Sisil P Kumarawadu who recently completed his postdoctoral research abroad, joined the permanent academic staff on 1 August 2005. We welcome him to the department of Electrical Engineering.065. Nayani Marries Asanga
Nayani, Clerk of the department of electrical engineering married Asanga at a colourful ceremony at her home resort in Kalutara this morning.064. Invitation for Applications/Nominations Post of Vice-Chancellor
The Council of the University of Moratuwa, has invited applications from, or nominations of persons for the position of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa.063. Award Ceremony for felicitating Staff
Applications and nominations should be addressed to the Registrar, University of Moratuwa, Katubedda, Moratuwa and sent under registered cover or hand delivered to reach him on or before 31.08.2005. Invitation for Applications/Nominations Post of Vice-Chancellor
The University will hold an Award Ceremony to felicitate the Outstanding Researchers & Long Standing Awards, and the Induction of Emeritus Professors on 14th September 2005 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.062. New Department of Transport and Logistics Management established
The University Grants Commission has establishment the Department of Transport and Logistics Management on the recommendation of the University. The Council at its recent meeting decided to appoint Professor Saman Bandara as its first Head of department.061. Dr Charles Senarath appointed Emeritus Professor
Professor D C H Senarath who retired recently was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus for his services by the University Council recently.060. Innovations 2005 rescheduled
Innovations 2005 has been rescheduled for 16th, 17th and 18th September 2005.059. Wednesday 24 August to operate as a Tuesday
The Faculty of Engineering, at its meeting held on 3rd August, decided to implement a Tuesday timetable on Wednesday 24th August 2005 on account of the large number of non-working days that fell on Tuesdays.058. Careers Day rescheduled
The Careers Day of the University of Moratuwa has been rescheduled for Saturday 3rd September 2005.057. ERU Symposium rescheduled
The ERU Symposium 2005 has been rescheduled for Wednesday 28th September 2005.056. Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara appointed Deputy Inventions Commissioner
Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara has recently been appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Inventions055. Prabodha leaves on Study Leave to Wollongong
Miss Prabodha Paranavithana, temporary lecturer in Electrical Engineering will leave for Australia on 26th July 2005, to undertake postgraduate studies in Power Quality with Dr Sarath Perera, at the University of Wollongong, Australia.054. Interviews for Master's Courses
The Interviews for selection to the Master's degree programmes in Electrical Engineering and in Electrical Installations will be held today, Tuesday 26th July 2005. The Interviews for the programme in Industrial Automation is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 27th July 2005.053. Commencement of Level 4 examinations
The Level 4 examinations have rescheduled to be conducted from Tuesday, 26th July 2005, within or outside the University premises, dependant on whether the ongoing strike has been called off or not.052. Retreat at Hotel Tangerine
All Level 4 students have been requested to come to the University on Monday, 25th July. Details of any adjustments to the time table and the venue will be given to the students on Monday.
051. CSE 20th Anniversary Conference & Get-together
The staff of the LK domain Registry, almost all former heads of the CSE Department (including Dr Abhaya Induruwa from UK, Dr Sarath Wijesoma from Singapore, Prof Rohan Lucas, Dr Ashok Peiris), present head of department (Dr Sanath Jayasena) and the staff of the CSE department had a retreat at Hotel Tangerine at Kalutara.
For more pictures: http://www.cse.mrt.ac.lk/~vishaka/cse-trip.htm, http://www.cse.mrt.ac.lk/~dilumb/pics/
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is organising a conference on the 21st of July 2005 as part of the 20th Annivasary Celebrations of the Department. The conference brochure is available at http://www.cse.mrt.ac.lk/20thAnniversary/brochure.pdf and you may contact Matheesha on 011 2 640 387 to reserve the tickets.050. The Path to become a Chartered Engineer
This information has been submitted by Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara
A talk on the Path to become a Chartered Engineer will be made at the Galadari Hotel on Wednesday 10th August 2005, by the International Membership Advisor for the IEE, Professor J R Lucas, commencing at 1630 hrs. The talk will be followed by a discussion and will be very useful for the younger members aspiring to be Chartered Engineers.049. Prabodha marries Radley
Ms Prabodha Paranavitharana, temporary lecturer in Electrical Engineering married Radley de Silva of Ambalangoda, whom she had known very closely from Advanced Level days, today (11th July 2005) at the Hotel Corel Gardens, Hikkaduwa. Our best wishes go to them.048. Visions to Freaks
A 3-day programme for young science and technology lovers comprising an exhibition (Visions of Science), a video screening (IEE Faraday Lecture 2005 : Control Freaks? How Robots Affect Our World) and a workshop (Insight into a Robot) will be held at the British Council, Colombo from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 July.047. Public & Bank Holidays for 2006
- The Exhibition will be open from 0900 to 1700 hrs each day.
- The Video will be screened from 1000-1100 hrs and 1500-1600 hrs each day.
- The Workshop will be held from 115 to 1430 hrs on Saturday 9th July only. Prior registration is required.
The Public & Bank Holidays for the year 2006 published in the government gazzette have now been published in our site. A link will be permanently available at the bottom of this news page.046. Dr Chandana Perera takes over as head MOT
Dr H S Chandana Perera has just taken over the department of management of technology from Dr Sarath Dassanayake who served as its head for 3 years.045. Dr M Indralingam promoted to Associate Professor on Merit
Chandana joined the University staff in 1990 as a Lecturer and became a Senior Lecturer in 1999. He obtained a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology in 1995 and his D. Eng. in Industrial Engineering in 1999 from the same institution. We wish him the best in leading the department.
Dr M Indralingam was promoted as an Associate Professor in Mathematics on merit by the University Council in April 2005. His promotion is effective from 3rd June 2003. Dr Indralingam is a graduate of the University of Sri Lanka and completed his post graduate education leading to the PGDip Stat at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, and the MSc and the PhD at the University of Lancaster. He is a former044. Non Academic Staff Strike Disrupts Academic Work
Head of the Department of Mathematics. Our congratulations go to him on his recent promotion.
The academic activities of the University has come to a halt today (28th June) as the non-academic staff have gone on a continuous strike.043. Meritorious Service Medal to Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday Posted 13/06/2005
Dr Dave Irvine-Halliday who is the founder of Light Up The World Foundation (http://www.lutw.org) was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson on May 30, 2005, in recognition of his distinguish service through LUTW. The Meritorious Service Medal which is a national service decoration of Canada and it recognizes a deed or an activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner, or according to a very high standard: often innovative, this deed or activity sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings benefit or honour to Canada. (http://www.gg.ca/honours/msd_e.asp).042. Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga makes presentation in Taiwan Posted 07/06/2005
LUTW has been operating in Sri Lanka since 2001 and lighting projects were planned and implemented with the support of volunteers from University of Moratuwa. Dr Halliday is no stranger to University of Moratuwa and he was the chief guest of the Annual forum of the Electronic Club in 2002.
This news item was forwarded to me by Mr Ganesh Doluweera who is a graduate student at the University of Calgary.
Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga, on the invitation of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) participated as a member of the panel discussion on Energy and Poverty in Developing countries at their 28th Annual Conference held in Taipei, Taiwan from June 2-6, 2005. His presentation was on Energy and Poverty in Sri Lanka and its Rural Electrification.041. Prof Rohan Lucas completes 35 years Posted 07/06/2005
Prof Rohan Lucas completed 35 years of service to the University of Moratuwa and its predecessors on 13th March 2005, having joined the academic staff in March 1970.040. Prof Ranjit Perera completes 25 years Posted 03/06/2005
Prof Ranjit Perera has completed 25 years in the University of Moratuwa on 2 June 2005, having joined the academic staff in June 1980. Our congratulations and best wishes go to him.039. Presentation on CDMA Technology at the IEE Sri Lanka Posted 02/06/2005
Mr. Mahinda Ramasundara, Director/ Technical, Suntel Ltd will be making a presentation on Application of CDMA Technology for ICT Development in Sri Lanka at a Meeting of IEE Sri Lanka at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo at 5.15 pm on Thursday 02nd June 2005.038. Expose-2005 Exhibition Posted 02/06/2005
Abstract of presentation
CDMA is a standardized modern wireless technology which is widely used globally as an access network technology in telecommunication networks for providing telephony and data services with modern advanced and innovative features. This is an evolving technology which is capable of providing high speed data, mobile and fixed telephony services. Being a spectrum efficient modern technology with a high traffic handling capability, this technology could be used to provide services to new telephone subscribers with high quality telephone service at reasonable price. Making use of the high-speed data capabilities and flexibility of CDMA2000 technologies, operators have introduced a variety of applications which enable their consumers to access information easily which is vital for the development of the ICT sector. CDMA technology will be introduced in Sri Lanka soon to meet the demand for telecommunication services throughout the country covering all rural and urban areas.
Expose-2005, the Exhibition of the Electonic and Telecommunication Engineering Department will be held from the 1st-4th June at the Department premises. This event will mainly focus on exhibiting the embryonic projects done by the students of the department.037. Farewell to Professor Charles Senarath Posted 02/06/2005
School students have also been invited to view the exhibition, where they will be provided a study aids, specially prepared by the Department students with the guidance of our staff.
The Faculty of Engineering will bid Farewell to Professor D Charles H Senarath at its meeting today (Thursday, 2nd June 2005). Professor Senarath retired from the University on 31 May 2005.036. Appointment of Academic Staff Posted 01/06/2005
Before retirement, Professor Senarath served the University of Moratuwa and its predecessors (including the Ceylon College of Technology, and the Institute of Practical Technology) for a period of over 40 years. During this period he has served as a Professor of Civil Engineering for over 15 years. He has served in many capacities, including Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering.
Our best wishes go to him on his retirement.
Mr Asanka Rodrigo, who completed a Master of Science degree recently, and Mr Hiranya Suriyarachchi, have been appointed as Probationary Lecturers in Electrical Engineering by the University Council recently. The appointments are effective from 16th May 2005. Both have been actively involved in the activities of the department as temporary lecturers. We are also hoping to have one or two senior lecturers joining our staff shortly.035. Links to Advertised MSc/PGDip courses Posted 30/05/2005
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering034. Priyantha makes a Presentation to the Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice of the UNFCCC
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Installations
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Automation
Professor Priyantha Wijayatunga, Director General of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, was invited and made a presentation during the 22nd Session of the Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice of the United Nations Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC). He made this presentation as a panel member at the Plenary Session of workshop on Factors that Affect Mitigation Technology Innovation, Deployment and Diffusion held on the 23rd of May in Bonn, Germany.033. Postgraduate Courses Advertised Posted 30/05/2005
His presentation was one of the four expert presentations during that session among those from Japan, Sweden and International Energy Agency. The topic of his discussion was on Barriers to Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options in Developing Economies like Sri Lanka and Strategies to Overcome them, based on a study which was conducted in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association and the Asian Institute of Technology with the financial support from the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (Sida).
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and032. A Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year Posted 12/04/2005
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Installations
The University of Moratuwa has invited applications from suitable candidates for admission to the postgraduate course in Electrical Engineering and the new postgraduate course in Electrical Installations. These courses lead to the Degree of Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma. The courses are scheduled on a part-time basis during the week-end commencing from October 2005 and will be offered in a modular form. The Closing date for applications is 15th July 2005. Applications forms can be obtained from the department of electrical engineering and will be made available on the web shortly.
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Automation
Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering jointly offer a New Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Automation.
The University of Moratuwa has invite applications from suitable candidates for admission to the postgraduate course in Industrial Automation leading to the degree of Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma. The course is scheduled on a part-time basis commencing from October 2005. It will be offered in a modular form and the candidates may select the modules to suit their areas of interest such as Modern Systems control, Automation, Mechatronics and Robotics, Controlled Drives, Artificial Intelligence and Computational Techniques. The Closing date for applications is 15th July 2005. Applications forms can be obtained from the department of electrical engineering and will be made available on the web shortly.
A Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year to all of my readers once again.031. Nuwan Perera to Leave for higher studies in Manitoba Posted 12/04/2005
The University will be closed from tomorrow 13th April till the 18th April when some of us will be back again. Most will probably not be back till the 25th April.
Mr K Nuwan D Perera will be leaving for higher studies to the University of Manitoba in Canada at the end of April 2005. He will be undertaking his postgraduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with Assistant Professor Athula Rajapakse, who incidently is also a graduate of out department, on Protection issues related to Distributed Genertion.030. Innovations UOM 2005 Posted 12/04/2005
An Exhibition and Interactive Workshops of Postgraduate and Undergraduate Innovations & Research from theUniversity of Moratuwa is now re-scheduled to be held at the B.M.I.C.H on 16th, 17th & 18th (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) of September 2005. This has been targeted especially for the SMI sector and the Sri Lankan Industrial community. Please visit www.unic.lk/innovationsuom2005 for more details.029. Inauguration Ceremony of the Gavel Club of University of Moratuwa Posted:06/04/2005
The Inauguration Ceremony of the Gavel Club of University of Moratuwa will be held on 6th April, 2005 at 5.30pm in the Textiles Auditorium.028. Awards Ceremony of the Educational Software Competition 2004 Posted:30/03/2005
This Club is facilitated by the Rotaract Club of the University in collaboration with the IESL Toastmasters Club.
The main aim of the Gravel Clubs is :
- Deliver great presentations
- Easily lead teams and conduct meetings
- Give and receive constructive evaluations
- Be a better listener
The Awards Ceremony of the Educational Software Competition 2004, among the Undergraduates of the University of Moratuwa, organised by the Computer Science & Engineering Society of the University of Moratuwa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, will be held at the Civil Engineering Auditorium of the University of Moratuwa on Monday 4th April 2005 commencing at 1400 hrs.027. UOW Research Supervisor of the Year Award Posted:29/03/2005 Updated: 30/03/2005
The idea of the Educational Software Competition to select a variety of Learning Materials for the Ministry of Education Sri Lanka, to be distributed over 9000 schools all over the Island through The Secondary Education Modernization Project. The target is to facilitate G.C.E A/L & O/L students with Computer Aided Learning Materials to learn their subjects in an interactive way.
News item in Sunday Observer of 3 April 2005.
Dr Sarath Perera together with Professor Victor Gosbell, Faculty of Informatics, has been selected as a winner of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Dr Sarath Perera is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa, and taught in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Moratuwa for many years before taking up the appointment at the University of WOllongong.026. Microsoft equips University of Moratuwa with latest technology
The award is being given annually to the best research supervisor of the University of Wollongong. The winner is selected based on the nominations of the present and past research students. The award recognises and appreciates the commitment and dedication to the research supervision.
Of the nine faculties in the University, only one person or group is normally selected, based on the student nominations. However, for the year 2004, two awards have been given. The Vice Chancellor will formally recognise them at a special ceremony to be held on 15th April.
Microsoft Sri Lanka has signed an MOU with the University of Moratuwa in March 2005, which will make the University a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance, which has been created by Microsoft for accredited academic institutions, whose curricula include information technology. Membership provides universities a complete, cost-effective solution to keep students, labs and faculty abreast of cutting edge technology. Through this alliance with Microsoft, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering (and also the Faculty of Information Technology) will equip their computer labs with the latest licensed software. They will also gain access to the complete suite of Microsoft developer tools, operating systems, server software, documentation and technical references offered by Microsoft Corp. News Item025. Lecture Notes on Advanced Control and Digital Control
Professor H Sriyananda has requested me to put the PDF file containing about a thousand slides, containing most of the material that was covered in both EE 430 Advanced Control and EE 5062 Digital Control (for PG students)on the web.024. Bolgoda Scull Regatta 2005
The Universiyt of Moratuwa Rowing Team has organised the 3rd Annual Bolgoda Scull Regatta 2005 will be held at Thotupola, Dalthara, Piliyandala on Saturday 2nd APril 2005 commencing at 0900 hrs. Awards will be given at about 1730 hrs.023. Call for Papers - ERU 2005 Posted: 22/03/2005
The Eleventh Engineering Research Unit (ERU) Symposium (2005) is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 31st August 2005.022. Call for Papers - IEE Sri Lanka Conference 2005 Posted: 22/03/2005
SCHEDULE OF KEY DEADLINES
All submissions (initially extended abstract) should be made in electronic format, subject to a 1 MB limit. They should be sent as attachments to email@example.com by March 31st .
Receipt of Extended Abstracts - 31 March 2005 Submission of full paper - 7 June 2005 Completion of Refereeing of full paper - 15 July 2005 Final submission of extended abstracts and full paper for publication - 31 July 2005 Proposed date for conference - 31 August 2005
The Twelfth Annual Conference of IEE Sri Lanka - 2005 is proposed to be held at Hotel Galadari, Colombo on Saturday 24th September 2004. Papers have been invited for that event.021. Energy Policy - Beyond Power Sector Reforms - Prof K K Y W Perera
SCHEDULE OF KEY DATES
Last date for receipt of Abstracts - 1 May 2005 Notification of acceptance - 31 May 2005 Last date for submission of full paper - 31 July 2005 Proposed date for conference - 24 September 2005
A presentation on Energy Policy - Beyond Power Sector Reforms will be made by Vidya Jyothi Prof. K.K.Y.W. Perera at the Salon Lilac, Galadari Hotel, Colombo at 5.15 pm on Thursday 31st March 2005. The presentation is organised by the IEE Sri Lanka for its members.020. Convocation Addresses"The power sector is not doing well. Sector Reforms have been proposed during the last 10 years. The final version of the structure of proposals will be briefly discussed. If reforms as proposed were in place, would the coal project have gone ahead? The adequacy of proposed reforms without the backing of an Energy Policy are analysed. A set of consistent Energy Policy elements are proposed. The high electricity retail prices, high losses, high (and increasing) dependence on imported fuels are discussed in a policy frame-work. Tariff as a policy tool is discussed as an example. Further examples of policy interventions possible to reduce foreign dependence, increase productive employment and improve efficiency are given."
A copy of the Addresses made by the Chancellor Dr Ray Wijewardena and the Chief Guests Ms Jane Tournee (morning session) and Mr David Salter (afternoon session) at the recently concluded Convocation are available on the web.019. Convocation 2005
The Annual Convocation for the award of degreeswill be held tomorrow in two sessions. The morning session will comprise, among others, the last batch to graduate from the earlier curriculum, while the afternoon session will comprise, among others, the first batch to graduate from the new Semester system. Special Awards for Academic Achievements will also be given. Among these are the UNESCO Gold Medal awarded to MYM Nabeel, and the Prof Ted Parish Award for the best Electrical Engineering graduand awarded to Ms P T Paranavithana in the morning session, and Prof Ted Parish Award for the best Electrical Engineering graduand awarded to Mr S W Abeyruwan in the afternoon session.018. EE201 Theory of Electricity - Level 2 - March 2005 Question Paper
The EE201 Theory of Electricity Question Paper at Level 2 held on 9 March 2005 is now available on the web. The model answers have also been posted.017. Field Selection
The field selections of the Engineering undergraduates based on the overall Level 1 GPA have been released. The highest demand, as in the recent past, has been for the Electronics & Telecommunications field (100 students), followed by Computer Science & Engineering (50 students), and Electrical Engineering (50 students). This year, Mechanical Engineering (68 students) is a very close fourth. The ranges of Level 1 GPA for these four fields are (3.844 to 4.144), (3.780 to 4.136), (3.620 to 3.768) and (3.476 to 3.952) respectively.016. Call for Papers - 11th ERU Symposium 2005
Names of those selected for Electrical Engineering are available in the web.
Dr Ajith de Alwis, Chairman, ERU has informed that the next ERU Symposium is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 13th September 2005. An extract from his email is reproduced below for your information.015. Acting Head, Mechanical EngineeringIn order to keep to target, the following deadlines have been proposed.
Submission: All submissions (i.e. initially extended abstract) should be made in electronic format, subject to a 1 MB limit. They should be sent as attachments to the editor by March 15th 2005.
Extended Abstracts & list of industry participants - March 31st Full Paper - May (end) Refereeing Completed by - June (end) Final Submission of Extended Abstract and Papers for Publication - July (end)
Queries: All queries should be directed also to editor
Dr Thusitha Sugathapala has been recently appointed by the Vice Chancellor as the acting Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering with effect from 3rd January 2005. He succeeds Prof Rahula Attalage who completed his term of three years.014. Draft Sample Thesis for Postgraduate degrees
A Draft Sample Thesis has been prepared for use by postgraduate students for submitting their thesis/dissertation. This is available in pdf form.013. Third Place at the International Open Design competition
Anura Wickramanayake, Research Assistant attached to the Product Development Center of Department of Mechanical Engineering has emerged as one of the winners of the International Open Design competition; Techfest 2005 held at IIT Bombay. His innovative design named Smart Circuit Breaker won the 3rd place among 148 competing designs. He has also participated in Survivor - The International Challenge Competition and won a return air fair & accommodation package to participate the competition in Bombay, India.012. IEE Site Visit to Dendro Power Plant - Walapane
A site visit has been arranged by the IEE Sri Lanka to the first grid connected Dendro (Biomass) Power Plant in Sri Lanka located at Walapane on Saturday 19th February 2005 with the courtesy of Lanka Transformers Ltd. The number of participants has been limited to 24 on a first come first served basis.011. IEE Meeting - Deregulation of the Electricity Supply Industry: Transition and Beyond
Prof Priyantha Wijetunga, who is presently the Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), delivered a presentation on Deregulation of the Electricity Supply Industry: Transition and Beyond at the Galadari Hotel on Wednesday 26 January 2005 commencing at 1715 hrs. The presentation provided a brief overview of the restructuring process and the progress made so far and highlighted issues relating to the operation of the industry during the present, transition period and beyond. The main emphasis of the presentation was on the regulatory framework and the operation of the PUSCL during these periods.010. IEE Benevolent Fund assists member affected by Tsunami
The Institution of Electrical Engineers Benevolent Fund has authorised a grant to one of its members, whose house was badly damaged by the Tsunami, to repair his house so that he could live in it. This activity has been co-ordinated by its international membership adviser in Sri Lanka.009. Inauguration of MSc in IT/PGDip programmes
The second batch of students for the MSc/PGDip programme in IT and the first batch of students for the PGDip programme in IT for educationhad their inauguration on Saturday 29th January 2005. These programmes are jointly conducted by the Faculty of Information Technology, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering.008. Inauguration Ceremony - BSc Eng 2004/05
The arrival of the new students and the Inauguration of BSc Engineering Course - 2004/05 and the BDes (Textile & Clothing) will take place on Tuesday 8th February 2005 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium. As has been the practice, a special programme has been organised for the parents on the same day.007. Correction to EE321 Notes Posted:18/01/2005
The inauguration will be followed by an orientation programme and communication skills development programme till 8th April 2005. Normal academic activities will thereafter commence on Monday, 25th April 2005.
Professor Sriyananda has informed me that a correction to section 2.1.2 of the notes on "EE_321_New Advanced_Circuit_Theory_New" has been posted on the Virtual Class room.006. PG Diploma /M.Sc. in Telecommunications Posted:11/01/2005
The Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering has informed me of a new postgraduate course, the Postgraduate Diploma/Master of Science in Telecommunications that they are offering. More information can be found at : http://www.ent.mrt.ac.lk/PG005. Rebuilding Sri Lanka - Some University of Moratuwa efforts Posted:10/01/2005
The course is specially designed for those in the Engineering profession who would like to build or advance their careers in Telecommunications, as well as build their skills in analytical and innovate thinking and independent work. The course contents include an analytical component on principals, an application-oriented component on state-of-the-art technology, as well as a research component.
Dr. Priyantha Thilakumara, Coordinator, PG Diploma/M.Sc in Telecommunications would greatly appreciate if suitably qualified persons apply for this course, which is scheduled to commence in February 2005. An advertisement calling for applications appeared in the Daily News and the Sunday Observer of 1st and 2nd January 2005 respectively. The closing date for applications is 14th January 2005. You may contact Dr Thilakumara if you have any queries.
IBM-UoM Tsunami Data Gathering Project The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has sent in the following news article asking for volunteers.004. Prinath gives notice of resignation Posted:03/01/2005"IBM-UoM Tsunami Data Gathering Project requires volunteer students. We would really appreciate if you can add this news on your news page.Participation of Mechanical Engineering Department The Dept of Mechanical Engineering has decided to extend its support to rebuild the country after the Tsunami disaster. The department wishes to participate in its areas of expertise,
The volunteer students can participated in:
Students are expected to register online. Please refer http://www.cse.mrt.ac.lk/volunteers.htm or contact Head/CSE for details."
- Installation and setup 360 IBM ThinkPad Laptop computers at the department of computer science. These laptops are expected to arrive University by Monday, 10 January 2005 (Earliest).
- Going to the affected areas with the laptops to train the government officials for data gathering. Volunteer students will receive a initial training about the system at the University premises before going out. Student can select their preferred area to go.
We have already informed the authorities of our willingness to help.
- Servicing and repairing of machines
- Damage estimation
- Coordination of rehabilitation work
Our information desk: Tel 2650301 Ext 4011
Prof Prinath Dias who has been with us for over 30 years on the academic staff has given notice that he intends to resign from the University with effect from 15th April 2005. He has been compelled to take this course of action as his sabbatical leave will expire before the completion of his present appointment as co-ordinator Asia Pacific Region of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Geneva. He has indicated that he wishes to rejoin the department on the completion of the present appointment.003. Thrishantha transfers to Mechanical from 1st January Posted:03/01/2005
Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, who has been a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa since 5th June 2003, has got a transfer to the Department of Mechanical Engineering with effect from 1st January 2005. His reearch interests are in the area of robotics applied to land mine clearance. He now feels that his research interests are better suited to the Mechanical Engineering department.002. Information Base for Infrastructure Rebuilding for those affected by Tsunami Waves Posted:01/01/2005
001. A New Year Dawns Posted:01/01/2005"In this hour of distress, where Sri Lanka is calling out for her sons and daughters, University of Moratuwa has already stepped out to assist in this situation through an Information Base for Infrastructure Rebuilding for those affected by Tsunami Waves.This news item has been sent in by Uni - Consultancy Services Office. URL : http://www.unic.lk/helpsrilanka This website contains the details of the Account for Financial Aid and Contact Details.
This program is led by a team, headed by Prof. Saman Bandara (Department of Civil Engineering), who has volunteered to lead in this situation. Previously he was the Chairman for the Disaster Management and Infrastructure Action Plan for Ratnapura Flooding. In addition to his efforts there are many academics who have volunteered to assist in numerous ways. We encourage many of you to consider our nation as a priority and let us know as to how you would like to assist in this event." The Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing an integrated system for Constructing Low Cost Houses for affected areas.
Please give your full support to University of Moratuwa to assist in this great National Responsibility.
Every Cent Helps . . ."
The New Year dawns amidst the pain and suffering caused by Tsunami 9.0/2004. Let us welcome the new year and hope and pray that it will bring hope of a better future, especially for those who bore the brunt of the suffering.
The University will commence work for the New Year on 3rd January 2005.