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August 2006

084.   EE201 Theory of Electricity - Model Answers
      Posted: 24/08/2006
The Question Paper of EE201 - Theory of Electricity Level 2 Semester 1 Examination held on 18 August 2006 is now available on the web together with the Model Answers.
083.   IESL Induction and Graduation Ceremony
      Posted: 22/08/2006
The IESL Induction & Graduation Ceremony -2006 will be held at the BMICH on Friday, 25th August 2006. Hon Susil Premjayantha, M P, Minister of Education will be the Chief Guest and Dr. Hans Wijesuriya, Chief Executive Officer, Dialog Telekom Ltd will be the Guest of Honour.
082.   South Asian Games Rowing Event - an update
      Posted: 22/08/2006
The Rowing Event was successfully worked out at the Thotupola site. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka took part in the events. The 2 km straight stretch on the Bolgoda Lake is the only Olympic length site in Sri Lanka. It is to the credit of the Rowing Club at the University of Moratuwa that the stretch was cleared and prepared for rowing allowing Rowing to be part of the games.
The above comment is extracted from a conversation that I had with Vidya-Jyothi Dr Ray Wijewardena, Chancellor, University of Moratuwa who is an avid oarsman.
081.   Public & Bank Holidays for 2007
The Public & Bank Holidays for the year 2007 published by the government have now been published in our site. A link will be permanently available at the bottom of this news page.
080.   South Asian Games 2006 - Rowing Event at Moratuwa
      Posted: 17/08/2005
row boatThe Rowing Event of the South Asian Games 2006 is jointly organised by the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka and the University of Moratuwa.
The event will be held at the University of Moratuwa Rowing Course at Bolgoda Lake, Thotupola on the 19th and 21st August 2006 in the morning.
079.   Selection of Candidates for the MSc/PG Diploma Courses - 2006/07
      Posted: 16/08/2005
The University Senate today has approved the list of candidates to be admitted to the MSc/PG Diploma courses conducted by the Department of Electrical Engineering.

The Inauguration of the following MSc/PG Dip courses - 2006/07 will be held on Friday 27th October 2006 commencing at 1500 hrs in the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room (Room SB101, LH Sumanadasa Building).

Notes for Selected Students
078.   Narendra joins EE department on contract
      Posted: 10/08/2005
Dr Narendra de Silva who obtained his doctoral degree from the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as a Senior Lecturer on contract with effect from today (10th August). Before his departure for higher studies he was employed at Lanka Transformers Ltd, and even before that he was the first Secretary of EESoc.
077.   First Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology
      Posted: 08/08/2005
Dr Asoka S Karunanda has been appointed as a Professor on Merit in the Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa with effect from February 2006. He is presently the Head of the Department of Computational Mathematics, and also the Director of Postgraduate Studies of the Faculty.
Our Best Wishes go to him on his promotion. email your best wishes
076.   Unveiling of Portraits
      Posted: 03/08/2005
The Unveiling of the Portraits of the Past Deans of the Faculty of Engineering took place on 6th July 2006 at the Faculty Board Room.
The Unveiling of the Portraits of the former Vice Chancellor Prof. Dayantha S Wijeyesekera took place at the University Board Room on 19th July 2006.
075.   Graduation Fashion Show 2006
      Posted: 03/08/2005
The Graduation Fashion Show 2006 of the second graduating batch of the Textile Design Course in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa was held in a grand scale at the Galle Face Hotel on 1st August 2006.
The Graduation Fashion Exhibition was held at the British Council Hall from 27 to 29 July 2006.
The B.Des. degree in Fashion Design and Product Development was inaugurated in 2001. The first batch of students graduated in 2005. The course was established with a consultancy from the London College of Fashion, a world leader in textile design education.
074.   Electrical Inter-batch Football Fiesta 2006
      Posted: 03/08/2005
football playersThe Electrical Inter-batch Football Festival, was held on Thursday 20th July 2006 at the University Ground commencing at 1530 hrs. Three teams (from Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4) from the Engineering undergraduate students specialising in the Electrical Engineering field took part in the tournament. Senior Academic Staff of the department, including Prof Rohan Lucas, Prof Ranjit Perera were present to witness the Final between the Level 3 and the Level 4. We believe that this is the first time that a formal inter-batch football tournament has been held in this University.
Level 4 was the winners of the coveted trophy modelled on the lines of the World Cup.
Editor's Note: In one of the matches of the tournament, one of the teams decided on an innovative approach for the future of football, to save on scarce land resources. The game was virtually played on one half of the ground (the side away from the pavilion), prompting the announcer to remark that another match could be played for the distinguised guests to witness.
073.   CSE Get Together & Panel discussion on "Shaping the IT education for the needs of tomorrow"
      Posted: 02/08/2005       Updated: 03/08/2005
Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara, Head, CSE has requested me to put the following information on our website.
The Annual General Meeting of the Computer Science and Engineering Society (CS"&"ES) of University of Moratuwa, and the CSE Get-Together will be held on the 5th August 2006 at HNB towers (22nd floor) from 4.30pm onwards.

This year they have brought in an idea of including a panel discussion with the topic, "Shaping the IT education for the needs of tomorrow", which would produce a concrete outcome for the betterment of the IT industry of the nation. Sri Lankan IT industry has being expanding very rapidly during the last few months. Though we produce IT graduates from various educational institutes still they do not completely fulfill the employers expectations. What are the initiatives that could be taken? What kind of changes should the educational system go through and what kind of involvement should the corporate sector have in the system? Should it be just philanthropical or a longer commitment from the corporate are expected? What kind of changes should the educational framework should go through?
Panel discussion will be moderated by Mr. Manju Haththotuwa Founder CEO, ICTA of Sri Lanka. The panel would consist of Mr.Mahesh Amaleen,Chairman, MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Dr. Abhaya Induruwa, Founder Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, UoM, Prof. Ananda Jayawaradana, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UoM, Mr.Keith Modder, Managing Director - Asian Operations, Virtusa Pvt Ltd, Mr.Raomal Perera, Founder CEO of Valista, Prof. K. S. Walgama, Former Head, Department of Computer Engineering, UoP, Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder Chairman & CEO, WSO2 Inc.
Editor's Note:We are glad to see that CS"&"ES has followed in the footsteps of EESoc in selecting both the venue as well as the well-established panel discussion in its AGM.

072.   IEEE Sri Lanka Section eNewsletter       Posted: 02/08/2005
Dr Sisil Kumarawadu has been appointed as the Editor of the IEEE Sri Lanka Section, eNewsletter. The first issue of the eNewsletter has been published.
Dr Sisil Kumarawadu has also indicated that the submission deadline for next issue is Oct 31, 2006.
071.   EESoc Annual Get-together and Panel Discussion held at the HNB Towers       Posted: 02/08/2005
The EESoc AGM, Panel Discussion and Get-together was successfully held on Saturday 15th July 2006 at the HNB Towers, Colombo. The Chief Guest for this occassion was the Honourable W D J Seneviratne, Minister of Power and Energy. The Guest of Honour was our Chancellor, Deshamanya Vidyajyothi Ray Wijewardene. A very distinguished gathering attended the function.
A very lively symposium on Economic Growth through a Proper Energy Mix took place as part of the evening. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga Director General, Public Utilities Commission and included Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya Consultant, Mr Ranjith Fonseka GM, Ceylon Electricity Board, Mr P G Joseph Director, Alternative Energy Resources, Mr Asoka Abeygunawardena Executive Director, Energy FOrum.
Dr Lanka Udawatte was again elected as the President of EESoc, uncontested.
070.   Did we advance the Calendar by 31 days ?       Posted: 02/08/2005
It appears that something disastrous has happened to the month of July 2006. It seems to have disapeared into thin air. Nothing seems to have happened during the month as evidenced by the well read eenews page. Or perhaps the University decided to do away with the month of July 2006 and advanced the calendar by 31 days ? Do we really know what happened ?
Note by the Editor: Had the editor gone into hibernation and woken up only after 31 days ?? question mark

July 2006


June 2006

069.   300th meeting of Faculty of Engineering       Posted: 29/06/2005
The Faculty of Engineering will be having its 300th Faculty Board Meeting on Thursday 6th July 2006.
Special events have been planned for the day, including
068.   Monday academic work on Tuesday 11th July 2006       Posted: 29/06/2005
As there have been a number of holidays falling on Mondays, the Faculty of Engineering has decided to have a Monday academic timetable for Tuesday 11th July 2006 for all levels of students. All staff and students are required to take note.
067.   Ms Sankika Tennakoon visits the University       Posted: 29/06/2005
Ms Sankika Tennakoon, Probationary Lecturer who is underking her doctoral studies at the University of Wollongong with Assoc Prof Sarath Perera, paid a visit to the University of Moratuwa. She is on holiday for about one month.
066.   Areva T & D India interviews candidates at Moratuwa       Posted: 27/06/2005
Ms Malini Rao (Manager HR) and Nr V Sashikumar (General Manager, Sri Lanka & LAI Marketing) of Areva T & D India visited the University of Moratuwa on Monday 26th June and had a rigorous process of selection (90 min written test, group discussion and individual interviews) for those electrical engineering students who are about to complete their studies. Areva T & D has its principal activity as tje manufacture power transmission and distribution and other industrial equipment. They have also recently taken over the ALSTOM T & D Operations in India.
They have also had a similar interview process at the University of Peradeniya.
065.   IET Seminar on new core colour changes       Posted: 27/06/2005
The IET Sti Lanka conducted a Seminar on New Core Colour Identification For Electric Cables at Hotel Galadari on Monday 26th June 2006 commencing at 1715 hrs. The presenters at the event were The seminar was well attended and there was a very lively discussion including a suggestion as to whether the colour change should have been implemented in Sri Lanka.
064.   Call for Papers - ERU 2006       Posted: 23/06/2005
The 12th Engineering Research Unit (ERU) Symposium (2006) is scheduled to be held in November 2006.


Receipt of Extended Abstracts- 31 August 2006
Submission of full paper- 30 September 2006
Pre-ERU Presentation (PG Students Only)- 30 October 2006
Final submission of extended abstracts- 30 October 2006
Proposed date for conference - November 2006
All submissions and queries should be directed to
063.   Electrical Level 2 Student Hansi publishes a Novel       Posted: 21/06/2006
sandani HansiMs Hansi Nilanka Rajapaksha, Level 2 student in Electrical Engineering, has done us proud by showing her talents as a writer.  She has just published a sinhala novel Sandani-1 sandani, the cover of which is shown on the right.   An autographed copy of the book was handed over to Prof Rohan Lucas.

The novel has been reviewed by Jayantha Kumari Samanabedda.

Our students are not only good academically, but are also display their literary skills.  We are proud of their achievements and wish them well.

062.   AGM of University of Moratuwa Toastmasters Club       Posted: 21/06/2006
The Annual General Meeting of the University of Moratuwa Toastmasters Club was held yesterday (20th June 2006).  Since the current office bearers had served only six months, as the club commenced its activities in January 2006, the same office bearers were re-elected for the coming year from 1 July 2006.
PresidentCTM Prof. Ananda Jayawardena
Vice President EducationTM Dr Chandana Perera
Vice President Public RelationsTM Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara
Vice President MembershipTM Dr Udaya Kahangamage
SecretaryTM Eng Srimal Punchihewa
TreasurerTM Wicrama Silva
Sergeant-at-ArmsTM Eng Nihal Wanigatunga
061.   University commencement time advanced by half hour       Posted: 13/06/2006   Updated: 15/06/2006
The Vice-Chancellor has directed that the working hours of the University will be advanced by half an hour with effect from Monday, 19th June 2006.
Thus all Academic work will commence for the day at 0800 hrs, and Academic time-tables will be advanced by half-an-hour.
This shift has been necessitated by the decision of the Government to change office and school hours to match the time change effected on 14th April 2006.
060.   News Item 060 Withdrawn       Posted: 13/06/2006   Updated: 15/06/2006
Note by the Editor: News Item 060 has been withdrawn as it is commercial in Nature. wedding
059.   Rohan Munasinghe weds Achela       Posted: 09/06/2006
Dr Rohan Munasinghe, Senior Lecturer in Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering and a graduate in Electrical Engineering got married to Achela Gunawardena on Thursday 8th June 2006 at the Blue Water, Wadduwa.
Our Best Wishes go to them in their future life together. email your best wishes
058.   Postgraduate Courses in the Electrical Engineering Department Advertised       Posted 02/06/2006
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Installations
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers Master of Science/Postgraduate Diplomas in Electrical Engineering and in Electrical Installations.

Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Automation
The Department of Electrical Engineering together with the Department of Mechanical Engineering also jointly offer a Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Automation.

The University of Moratuwa has invited applications from suitable candidates for admission to the above postgraduate courses. The courses are scheduled on a part-time basis commencing from October 2006 during the weekends. They will be offered in a modular form and the candidates may select the modules to suit their areas of interest.
The Closing date for applications is 11 July 2006. Applications forms can be obtained from the department of Electrical Engineering and are available on the web.

057.   Electrical Nite 2006       Posted: 02/06/2006
Electrical Nite 2006 for welcoming the Level 2 students to the department of Electrical Engineers, by the immediate seniors, took place in a grand scale at the University Gymnasium on 1st June 2006 with a very innovative pandal made out of bamboos at the entrance from the main roadway and flames lighting the way.
The evening got underway soon after 7 pm, with the traditional lighting of the oil lamp (designed and made by our students in a very beautiful manner using bamboos of varying heigths topped with oil lamps. The arrangement was much more pleasing than the usual brass oil lamp used at most occasions.
Among the senior academic staff members present were Prof Rohan Lucas, Dr Lanka Udawatte, Dr Sisil Kumarawadu, Eng Anura Wijayapala, Eng Bernard Perera, and Eng Sanjeeva Vitharana (Mechanical Engineering). A feast of entertainment had been laid out for the enjoyment of all, maintaining or even surpassing the high quality events of the previous years.
As has been the practice in recent years, a highly creative Drama was enacted by the Level 2 students (on-line). Among the scenes were those of the Temple of the Computer Lab where all students take off their shoes and leave them outside in reverence. One student who did not have time on his hands even worshiped the Computer Laboratory from outside and deposits some coins outside. Another showed the students sitting at an examination where one student had forgotten to bring his calculator and was trying to do all the caculations using his 10 fingers with the pen in his mouth.
There were also off-line Dramas projected on the screen (done with and without the knowledge of the actors). Among the interesting episodes that caught my eye, was one in an electrical laboratory where one student puts his finger in a bulb socket where the bulb was missing [the student shakes violently. A fellow student tries to pull him out, and he too cannot "let-go" and he too shakes violently. This continues to about 10 students. Then comes one bright spark, who knows that he should not touch the students otherwise he too will get the shock. However he cannot remember the remedy and quickly pulls out his notes from his bag and looks up. He then takes a millammeter and tries to measure the current flowing through the students to decide on his next course of action. He then again refers his notes and goes and switches off the main switch and all the students fall down on the ground having been suddenly released from let-go. ] and one where a student tries in vain to drop almost all his subjects during the add/drop period [The student sees that his timetable goes on till about 1830 hrs almost daily and laments that he does not have any time to relax. He crushes the timetable, and fills an add/drop form for almost all his subjects and takes it to his Academic Advisor - Prof J R Lucas. Unfortunately for him, each time he has a break from lectures and comes to see Prof Lucas, he is not in. He repeats this a number of times and finally falls asleep outside Prof Lucas's room and is unable to get his drop form signed. He had already deleted all reference to add in his form ].
As has been the practice in recent years, the Selection of Electrical-nite 2006 Award winners was made (perhaps about 10 award including new awards), commencing with that for the Lord of Sleep given by the winner of last years event.
The entertainment was followed by the staff and students mingling with each other and followed by a sumptuous buffet dinner.
Note by the Editor: The reporting has been done without any written notes, but from memory of last nights events, and may thus be in error. The Editor apologies for any errors.
056.   Inauguration of BSc Engineering Course - New Intake       Posted: 02/06/2006
The arrival of the new students and the Inauguration of BSc Engineering Course - New Intake took place on Wednesday 31st May 2006. As has been the practice in recent years, the Chief Guest for the occassion was the President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. Over 700 new students were welcomed to the Faculty of Engineering. A Programme for the parents of the new students also took place on the same day.
055.   University Colours Awards held on 26th May 2006       Posted: 02/06/2006
The Colours Awards Ceremony of the University of Moratuwa was held on Friday 26th May 2006, under the distinguished patronage of the Chief Guest (Mr. Ranjan Madugalla - ICC Match Referee and former Captain of Sri Lanka Cricket Team, accompanied by his wife Ms Kumuduni Madugalla), the Chancellor (Dr Ray Wijewardena) and the Vice Chancellor (Prof Malik Ranasinghe). Many Awards and special awards were given at this ceremony to those who excelled in sports. The Colours Night followed the presentation of Awards.
Our best wishes go to the recepients.
Note: My apology for not been able to be present with them on this joyous occasion, due to unavoidable circumstances.
054.   Dr MARV Fernando wins International Gold and Silver Medals in Malaysia       Posted: 02/06/2006
Dr M A R V Fernando, President of the Inventors Society of the University of Moratuwa, who presented two inventions at the 17th International Invention Innovation Industrial Design & Technology Exhibition 2006 (ITEX2006) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - May 2006, won a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal for his two exhibits.
He has made the University of Moratuwa and Sri Lanka proud. His trip to the Malaysian exhibition was sposored by the Inventors Commission of Sri Lanka.
Our Congratulations go to him on his achievements. email your congratulations

May 2006

053.   Computer Science & Engineering - Special Events       Posted 04/05/2006
The following special events will take place at the CSE Seminar Room at 1400 hrs on Friday 5th May 2006.
052.   Expose-2006 Exhibition       Posted 04/05/2006
Expose-2006, the Exhibition of the Electonic and Telecommunication Engineering Department will be held on the 4th, 5th and 6th May 2006 at the Department premises. This event will mainly focus on exhibiting the embryonic projects done by the students of the department.
School students have also been invited to view the exhibition where they will be provided a lot of study aids specially prepared by our students with the guidance of our staff. This will inevitably give a chance to the school students to learn to adapt an innovative culture and add value to their presence.
051.   Kithsiri Samarasinghe appointed Head/Electronics & Telecom       Posted: 03/05/2006
Kithsiri Eng Kithsiri Samarasinghe has been appointed by the University Council as the Head, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, for a period of three years, with effect from 13th April 2006. He suceeds Dr Amith Munindradasa who completed his 3 year term of office recently. email your best wishes
050.   Wednesday Programme remains on Wednesday 3rd May 2006
      Posted: 02/05/2006
The Acting Dean/Engineering has decided that Wednesday 3rd May 2006 will remain a Wednesday for academic programmes, although the Faculty had earlier decided to conduct a Monday programme on this day.
The earlier decision had been taken to overcome the problems created by a number of holidays during the Semester falling on Mondays. However with the Carees Day now scheduled for a Wednesday, the correction was not considered to have the desired effect.
049.   EE Probationary Lecturers in Canada to marry en-masse       Posted: 02/05/2006
Unmarried Probationary Lecturers in the Electrical Engineering department who are studying in Canada have decided to get married en-masse. The trend was set by Chandana Karawita who got married on 30th April. Nuwan Perera (also from Manitoba) is getting married on 18th May, and Eranda Harinath (University of Newfoundland) is getting legally married (registered) in May 2006. Our Best Wishes go to them. wedding of Chandana & Shashi
048.   Chandana weds Shashi       Posted: 02/05/2006
Chandana Karawita, Probationary Lecturer in Electrical Engineering who is undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada, got married to Shashi Wewage on Sunday 30th April 2006 at the Ceylon Continental Hotel.
Our Best Wishes go to them in their future life together.
047.   EESoc Get-together on 15th July      Posted: 02/05/2006
The Annual General Meeting and the Annual Get-together of EESoc will be held on Saturday, 15th July 2006 at the HNB Towers.
046.   Prof Ranjit Perera to visit Germany       Posted: 02/05/2006
Prof Ranjit Perera will visit Germany on an academic assignment from 14th May for a period of two months.
During his absence, Dr J P Karunadasa will be the Acting Head of Department.

April 2006

045.   Course Outline for UEE201       Posted 25/04/2006
The Course Outline for UEE 201 - Theory of Electricity is now available on the web, as a PowerPoint Presentation in PDF, for the Semester started on 24th April 2006.
044.   A Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year       Posted 10/04/2006
kiriyen paniyen ithirena suba aluth avuruddak wewa
A Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year to all of my readers once again.
The University will be closed from tomorrow till next Monday, as Wednesday 12th April has been declared a special holiday for the New Year. However, most will probably not be back till the 24th when the next session starts.
043.   President extends length of New Years day       Posted: 07/04/2006
clock The Cabinet approved to turn the clock back by 30 minutes from April 14 midnight, this being the first midnight after the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. [Extracted from the Ceylon Daily News of 7th April 2006]
The move had been intiated by His Excellencey President Mahinda Rajapakse. President has paid utmost attention to the importance of changing time in accordance with the natural environment and considering the difficulties faced by the people as the clock was fixed 30 minutes earlier several years ago. [Extract from of 5th April 2006]
From 15th April, Sri Lanka will be ahead of GMT by five and a half hours, instead of six hours.
042.   University Careers Day 2006       Posted: 06/04/2006
The University Careers Day 2006 has been scheduled for Wednesday 10th May 2006.
041.   Eng Nihal Wanigatunga appointed as Chief Student Councellor       Posted: 06/04/2006
Eng Nihal Wanigatunga has been appointed as the Chief Student Councellor of the University. He suceeds Prof Niranjan Gunawardena. Our Best Wishes go to him on his new appointment. email your best wishes
040.   Dr Sandun Fernando appointed Head, Textile and Clothing Technology       Posted: 06/04/2006
Sandun Dr Sandun Fernando has been appointed as the Head of the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology recently. He suceeds Eng Nihal Wanigatunga. Our Best Wishes go to him on his new appointment. email your best wishes
039.   Dr Ms Kandasamy retires       Posted: 06/04/2006
Dr Ms Subadra Kandasamy who was a Senior Lecturer for many years in the Department of Mathematics, retired from active service recently. Our best wishes go to her on her retirement.
038.   Ms Vindhya Jayasena is new SAR/Eng       Posted: 06/04/2006
Ms Vindya Jayasena has been appointed as the new Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Engineering. She replaces Ms Ruchira Wijesooriya who left us a couple of months ago to take up a higher appointment. Ms Jayasena was the Senior Assistant Registrar at the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine prior to her appointment at Moratuwa. Our best wishes go to her on her new your best wishes cricketer
037.   Cricket Triangular Contest       Posted: 04/04/2006
The Cricket Triangular Contest for the Professor Priyantha Wijayatunga Challenge Trophy will be worked out between the Universities of Moratuwa, Jayawardenapura and Jaffna from 3rd to 7th April 2006 at the University of Moratuwa grounds.
036.   The IET (formerly The IEE) Recruitment Programmme       Posted: 03/04/2006
The IETThe YMS Chapter of the IEE Sri Lanka has arranged for a Recruitment Programme for new entrants to the Level 2 at the University of Moratuwa on Tuesday 4th April 2006, from 1530 hrs to 1630 hrs.

All students interested in joining are are welcome to attend the meeting. Among those to make presentations at the programme are Professor Indra Dayawansa and Professor Rohan Lucas.

035.   National Symposium on Electrical Safety       Posted: 03/04/2006
The National Symposium on Electrical Safety, organised by The IEE Sri Lanka was held on 28th March 2006. The whole day event was sponsored by Orange Electric. The speakers at the symposium were as follows. colour code
034.   Cable Core colour change from 1 April 2006       Posted: 03/04/2006
The Cable Core colours of fixed wiring have to change from 1 April 2006. The new core colours for fixed wiring are consistent with the core colours for flexible cables. These are
Protective conductorgreen/yellow
Neutral blue
Phasesbrown, black, grey (or 3 browns)
A seminar on the core colour changes of fixed installations was held on 14 February 2006 at the BMICH in this regard. The seminar was organised by the Cables and Conductors Sectoral Committee of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution. Among the presentations at this seminar was one by Professor J R Lucas on New Core Colour Identification for Electric Cables in his capacity as Chairman of the Sectoral Committee.
033.   The IET takes over from The IEE       Posted: 03/04/2006
The IET A new institution The Institution of Engineering and Technology or The IET came into being on 31st March 2006. It has arisen out of a merger of the 120,000 member strong Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the 40,000 member strong Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE). The IET aims to serve a global community engaged in engineering and technology, providing a knowledge network accessible whenever or wherever one chooses. The logo of the new institution is shown alongside this news item.
032.   Call for Papers - 13th Annual IEE Sri Lanka Conference       Posted: 03/04/2006
The IET The 13th Annual IEE Sri Lanka Conference will be held on 29th and 30th September 2006 at Hotel Galadari, Colombo. The conference is organised by the IEE Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka branch of The IET - formerly The IEE).
Important Deadlines:
031.    Call for papers - IEE YMS 2006       Posted: 03/04/2006
The IET The Annual Younger Member Sessions of IEE Sri Lanka will be held at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Ruhuna on August 19th, 2006. This provides a forum for the presentation of undergraduate projects and postgraduate project/research work.
The Secretary, IEE YMS Sri Lanka has invited you to send an abstract of your work before 8th April 2006.
For details
Editors Note: After 31st April 2006, The IEE will no longer exist, so that the website may need replacing "" by perhaps "".
030.   Chandima Pathirana visits the University       Posted: 03/04/2006
Chandima Pathirana who is undertaking postgraduates studies in Japan, visited the University of Moratuwa on Holiday.
029.   Graduates of EE Batch 01/02 gives farewell party       Posted: 03/04/2006
The Electrical Engineering batch who entered the University in 2001/02 and had their convocation recently, gave a farewell party to the academic staff who had taught them during their studies at the University of Moratuwa. Or in their own words " This is not to say THANK YOU, But to convey OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO YOU". The dinner was held at the Apple Green Family Restaurant at Rawathawatte, Moratuwa. The staff and students mingled well on this final occassion.
028.   Was it an April 1st Hoax       Dated: 1st May 2006    Posted: 03/04/2006
When Prof Rohan Lucas tore the page for Mach 2006 from the Calendar, early morning on April fool's day, he discovered that the New Year Holidays had vanished. On further examination he was greeted with the fact that Sri Lanka Time had not just been shifted by half-an-hour as had been proposed, but had been shifted by a full 720 hrs. The calendar could not be wrong, for it was enormous (measuring 3 ft in height and 2 ft in width, with each numeral being 3 inches tall). Further examination showed that all the days in April had simply vanished into thin air, and it was not April fool's day but rather May day.

Editor's Note: It is reported that the Calendar referred to above had only 11 pages, and none of the pages had April.

027.   Did the Sinhala New Year really originate on All Fools Day ?       Posted: 03/04/2006
Did the Sinhala New Year really originate on All Fools Day ? Sinhalaya Modaya Perhaps it did.
As is now well-known, for over 1600 years upto about 1582, the beginning of the year occured all over the world around the 1st of April (Julian Calendar with 365.25 days). In 1582, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced to correct an error that had crept in as the year was only 365.2425 days (now known more accurately as 365.24219 days). The accumulated error by then was 11 days. Thus Thursday, Oct. 4, 1582, was the last day of the Julian calendar and the next daybecame Friday, Oct. 15, 1582 the first day of the Gregorian calendar. With this change, the beginning of the year was shifted to 1 January.
However, people in many countries disregarded the change and continued to celebrate the new year on 1 April and hence were known as April fools. They also did not correct for the fractional error till centuries later (ex. Britain in September 1752). When the fractional error was subsequently corrected, the beginning of the year shifted to around 13th April (instead of 1st April) which day we (and many countries in south east asia) still celebrate as the New Year. [Extracted from News item 057 of 2005]
026.   Pahasara   Pahasara 2006 - Cultural Festival ?       Posted: 03/04/2006
Pahasara Pahasara, an annual cultural festival organised by the Students Union of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa was held during the period 27th, 28th and 29th April 2006.
The chief guest for the opening ceremony was the well-known personality Ms Somalatha Subasinghe, who is also a Member of the University of Moratuwa Council. This was held on a grand scale this year after a lapse of two years. The organisers, having not seen any of the earlier events took great pains and did an excellent job. Our congratualations go to them.
Editor's Note: It was last held in September 2003 [News Item 156 of 2003].

March 2006

025.   Prof Niranjan Gunawardena appointed as first Deputy Vice Chancellor       Posted: 22/03/2006
Prof Niranjan D Gunawardena has been appointed as the first Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs) by the University Council and the appointment has been effective from 15th March 2006. (The UGC gave approval for the creation of the Deputy Vice Chancellor recently. The post was advertised internally.)
Prof Gunawardena was today introduced to the Senate as its Brand New Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Among the duties allocated to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, in addition to Student Affairs, is Quality Assurance.

Prof. Gunawardena completed his B.Sc. Engineering degree specialising in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa in 1985 and obtained his M.Sc. in 1987 and Ph.D. in 1991 from the Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom. His specialization revolves around the areas of construction management, construction quality management as well as construction equipment management. He rose to the rank of Professor recently. He is also the Chief Student Counsellor of the University.
Our Best Wishes go to him on his elevation. email your best wishes

024.   Lanka Transformers Awards at the Convocation       Posted: 22/03/2006
The Lanka Transformers Award for the MEng graduand in Electrical Engineering who has obtained the highest weighted average has been awarded to the following for the respective years. This information supplements the information given in News item 018.
  H Y A Hewawasam (2001/03 batch)
  S P Kusum Shanthi (2003/05 batch)
Our best wishes go to them.
023.   CSES Hit the Grounds 2006       Posted: 13/03/2006
The annual friendly cricket match organised by the CS & ES will be held tomorrow Tuesday 14th March at the Mora grounds from 0900 hrs.
An invitation has been made to the Electrical Engineering academic staff to also field a team. However due to the shortage of senior staff, and due to the fact that the University Convocation is on 15th where the temporary staff will be having their graduation the offer had to be declined.
The graduands were afraid to take the field in case of injury which might prevent them attending their convocation.
022.   Prof SRH Hoole appointed Jaffna University VC       Posted: 13/03/2006
Professor S Ratnajeevan Hoole has been appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna by his Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse, for three years from March 12.
Prof Hoole is a product of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, having graduated in 1975. He is presently a member of the University Grants Commission.
Extracted from the Ceylon Daily News of 10 March 2006
021.   Prof J R Lucas sunk by a sinc - an update       Posted: 13/03/2006
Viewers from overseas have sent comments on the news item 020. It appears that the correct name for the delivery is |sinc| which may be simply read as the sinc delivery.
From Canada
"I really enjoyed the bit about the sinx/x delivery. Absolutely hilarious. Consider yourself sunk by a sinc ball !"
From USA
"Path of most of the deliveries (if observed beyond the wicket) will always be sinx/x if a batsman is not present. So I don't think it can be patentable. But your shot can be patentable. According to your sketch you have stepped out atleast one third of the pitch to hit a standstill ball. A rare feet in Cricket. :))"
From Australia
I thoroughly enjoyed your news item 2006-020, it was good humour. Thanks for putting it together for the benefit of the overwhelmed.
020.   Prof J R Lucas gets out to the new |sin x / x| delivery in Cricket       Posted: 07/03/2006
The Editor of EENews who witnessed some of the Intra-university Cricket played last week, accurately captured the following picture in his minds eye, drew it in MS-word and converted it to a picture in Corel Photopaint for your viewing pleasure. It shows Prof Rohan Lucas getting out, to a new mathematical delivery (the delivery termed "|sin x/x|" is pronounced "Absolute Sine X by X" ).
|sin x/x| is a multi-bounce, mid-pitched delivery which stops well before it reaches the wicket, enticing the batsmen to come forward very many steps. It has a very great resemblance to the corresponding mathematical expression shown on the right. It is to be patented through the Inventors Club of the University before the next World Cup.
Incidently, Prof Lucas scored the highest inverse score possible, and also earned five negative bonus points for his team. Prof Lucas had just arrived late at the ground after a meeting and immediately had to go and bat without even knowing the weird rules applicable for the day.
The score cards prepared by Level 2 student Mohamed Azmil for all the matches, has been reformatted by the editor and are available.
Caution by the Editor: The bowler shown in the picture is a level 1 student, who apparently does not intend getting through Engineering Design/Engineering Skill Development this Term. Similarly the fielder who is a level 4 student is probably hoping to drop the course High Voltage Breakdown and Testing this Semester. The umpire, who was a level 2 student, managed to save his own skin by saying it was a no ball, and in any event Prof Lucas does not teach him this Semester. The umpire was unable to save the real culprits by his action as by that time Prof Lucas had walked back to the pavilion.
019.   Asanka marries Ruchini      Posted: 02/03/2006      Updated: 05/03/2006
Asanka Rodrigo Lecturer in Electrical Engineering will be marrying Ruchini Navaratne and coming to his palatial home at Tangerine Beach on Sunday 5th March.
Our Best Wishes go to them in their wedded your best wishes
018.   University Convocation to be held in 2 session on 15th March 2006       Posted: 02/03/2006
This year, due to the increased number of graduates, the University Convocation for the award of degrees will be held in 2 sessions. Among the graduates from the electrical engineering field at this convocation are
48 BSc Eng degrees 1 PG Diploma
  1. U L Yanaka N Jayatilake
10 M Eng degrees
  1. D Y Tharangika Bambaravanage
  2. Saranapala Bogahawatte
  3. Prabath C Devasurendra
  4. H Y Aruna Hewawasam
  5. J M Kanishka Jayasekera
  6. J P Rohitha Jayasinghe
  7. J K Kanthi
  8. W Chamila C Sumathiratna
  9. A U Walpola
  10. N H Deepal Wanigaratne
14 M Sc degrees
  1. Ampikathasan Aravinthan
  2. Vishvakumar Aravinthan
  3. Nishantha C Ekneligoda
  4. A G Buddhika P Jayasekera
  5. D D Awantha S Jayasiri
  6. Vaithilingam Kumarathasan
  7. M K C Nilu K Amarasiri
  8. W D A J Chandrakumara
  9. M L D D Darshana
  10. C G S Gunasekera
  11. P A R D Pathiraja
  12. S K F Rodrigo
  13. K P Kusum Shanthi
  14. H D S Thimothies
017.   Inter-Level Cricket Matches       Posted: 02/03/2006
The Level 2 students in the Electrical Engineering field organised a series of cricket matches on Wednesday 1 March 2006, between different level students in the electrical engineering field as part of the welcome for the new students who were selected to the department recently. Academic staff and academic support staff also participated in the events.
016.   Dr Niranjan Gunawardena promoted as Professor on Merit       Posted: 02/03/2006
Dr Niranjan Deepal Gunawardena has been promoted as a Professor on Merit by the University Council at its meeting on 1 March 2006.
Dr. Gunawardena completed his B. Sc. Engineering degree specialising in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa in 1985 and obtained his M. Sc. in 1987 and Ph. D. in 1991 from the Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom. His specialization revolves around the areas of construction management, construction quality management as well as construction equipment management. He is also the Chief Student Counsellor of the University.
Our Best Wishes go to him on his your best wishes
015.   Dr Lanka Udawatta visits Saga University in Japan on an assignment       Posted: 02/03/2006
Dr Lanka Udawatte Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering left for Saga University in Japan recently on a two month assignment.
014.   Foundation stone for new IT Faculty Building      Posted: 02/03/2006
The foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Faculty of Information Technology Building was laid recently.
013.   Imperial News features Professor Priyantha Wijayatunga      Posted: 02/03/2006
Imperial College News has devoted an issue to Alumni in Government. This has a feature article on Professor Priyantha Wijayatunga Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).

February 2006

012.   Field Selection - Level 2 - February 2006
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), followedby Computer Science & Engineering (100 students), and Electrical Engineering (50 students). This year too, Mechanical Engineering (70 students) is a very close fourth. The ranges of Level 1 GPA for these four fields are (3.844 to 4.200), (3.692 to 4.104), (3.548 to 3.840) and (3.412 to 4.088) respectively. A graphical presentation is available.
Names of those selected for Electrical Engineering are available in the web.

January 2006

011.   Dr Nalin Wickramaarachchi returns from sabbatical leave
         Posted: 24/01/2006
Dr Nalin Wickramaarachchi who was on sabbatical leave in Melbourne, Australia returned to Sri Lanka recently and resumed duties in the department of electrical engineering today. We are glad to have him back with us.
010.   Dr Sarath Perera promoted as Associate Professor Sarath Perera
         Posted: 24/01/2006
Dr Sarath Perera has been recently promoted as an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering, University of Wollongong. He graduated from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka with a BSc Eng degree in 1974 and was a member of the academic staff for nearly 12 years. In 1988 he joined the University of Wollongong as a Lecturer. His research interests are in the area of power quality and he is the Technical Director of Integral Energy Power Quality & Reliability Centre.
009.   J R Lucas breaks the ice
         Posted: 17/01/2006
Toastmaster J R Lucas made his ice breaker speech titled How I do things differently at the University of Moratuwa Toastmasters club on 9th January. It is expected to be interesting reading, especially for students regarding communication skills.
008.   Sri Lanka expertise for Rwanda power
         Posted: 17/01/2006
A Sri Lankan team of electrical engineers specialised in renewable energy, lead by Dr. Nishantha Nanayakkara left for Rwanda on 8th January to begin construction of the first of a series of mini hydro projects in Rwanda in mountainous Ruhengeri area within six months.
The team will will work at the Kist University of Kigali (Capital of Rwanda) and train Rwandese in mini hydro technology.
The project has been identified by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) for sustainable development, capacity building and poverty alleviation.
Presently Sri Lanka claims the first place in village mini hydro technology and Dr. Nanayakkara has played a prominent role in bringing credit to the country.
[Extracted from the article Sri Lanka expertise for Rwanda power by Lionel Yodhasinghe in the Sunday Observer of January 08, 2006]
007.   Eng Bernard Perera assumes duties
         Posted: 04/01/2006
Eng Bernard Perera assumed duties as a Lecturer in the department of electrical engineering with effect from 2nd January 2006. We are glad to have him with us.
006.   Appointment of Dr Rohan Tittagala and Dr Ajith de Alwis as Professors on Merit
         Posted: 04/01/2006
Rohan TittagalaDr Rohan Tittagala was promoted as a full Professor in Mechanical Engineeing on merit by the University Council at its meeting held on 4th January 2006. Professor Rohan Tittagala is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa. His research interests are Metal-forming Process Technologies; Tool and Die (design and manufacture) for metals and plastics sectors; and Industrial Metallurgy applications and Failure Identification/Analysis.
Our congratulations go to him on his recent promotion. email your congratulations

Ajith de AlwisDr Ajith de Alwis was promoted as a full Professor in Chemical Engineeing on merit by the University Council at its meeting held on 4th January 2006. Professor Ajith de Alwis is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa. His research interests are are on triple bottom line approach for the Chemical & Process industry, integrated solid waste management, anaerobic digestion systems, ICT in solid and hazardous waste management and process industry developments in Sri Lanka.
Our congratulations go to him on his recent promotion. email your congratulations

005.   ToastMasters teach ice breaking to Senior Academics      Posted: 03/01/2006
The University of Moratuwa Toast Master's Club meets on Tuesdays every fortnight at 1715 hrs. Among those to break the ice with their maiden speech at Toast Master's Club meeting on 10th January are TM Prof Malik Ranasinghe and TM Prof Rohan Lucas. The Toast Master for the evening will be Madam TM Vishaka Nanayakkara.
The President of the ToastMaster's Club of the University of Moratuwa is TM Prof Ananda Jayawardena.
004.   Inauguration of three MBA Programmes      Posted: 03/01/2006
The Inauguration of the following 2005/2007 MBA Programmes will take place today, Tuesday 3rd January 2006 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium.
003.   EE Department New Year function      Posted: 03/01/2006
The Staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering will felicitate each other at a new year function to be held today at 1030 hrs in the department.
002.   Ms Dulini Yasara Mudunkotuwe emerges as the Best Speaker      Posted: 02/01/2006

Dulini receiving trophyThe Finals of the SpeakOlympiad-2005 (news item 108) organized by the University of Moratuwa Gavel Club was held on the 29th December 2005. Ms Dulini Yasara Mudunkotuwe (Level 1) emerged the Best Speaker of the Year at the SpeakOlympiad-2005 . The contestants were judged based on a prepared speech, an impromptu speech and an interview.  Our Best Wishes go to her on her success.
The panel of judges for the SpeakOlympiad 2005 included the following.

  1. CTM Lalith Kahatapitiya, President, IESL Toastmasters Club
    Chairman of the KIK Group of Companies
  2. CTM M. Z. Saleem, Vice President Membership, IESL Toastmasters Club
    General Manager,Consumer Marketing Division, Sri Lanka Telecom
  3. ATM Rajiv Goonetileke, Smedley Toastmasters Club
    Lawyer; Second place, International Best Speaker of the year 1995.
  4. CTM Chandana Basnayake, Vice President Education of IESL Toastmasters Club
    Internet Marketing Division, Sri Lanka Telecom
  5. CTM Medha De Alwis, Millenium Toastmasters Club
    Language Department, SLIIT
  6. CTM Dev Wijethunga, Past President of Millennium Toastmasters Club
    Product Manager, NEC Telecom Solutions, Sri Lanka
News item submitted by Melinda Yasaranji, Vice President Education, Gavel Club, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
001.   University Commences Work for 2006      Posted: 02/01/2006
The University commenced work for the new year 2006 on 2nd January 2006, with a multi-religious ceremony at which addresses were made by religious dignataries from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam religions.
Two minutes silence was observed in memory of the victims of the Tsunami that struck our shores on 26 December 2004.
This was followed by all present taking an pledge as public servants, and talks from the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar. The award of long service medals to those who had served the University for long periods (25 years, 30 years, 35 years and 40 years) then took place. Thereafter the Vice Chancellor hosted everyone to Kiribath, Kavum and other traditional food.

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