- Setting up the Institute for NDT Matters - Progress
The Interim Board for NDT Matters and the 4 committees appointed by it have made good progress in the setting up the Institute.
They have had regular meetings and are in the process of identifying the resources required for the setting up of the Institute to conduct the NDT course early next year.
Draft guidelines for preparation of the Ordinance of the Institute is being prepared and is in its final stages.
- Hostel Accomodation
The University has decided to accomodate all female students,
who were in the hostels prior to the recent closure, in the Hostels B & C
within the University Premises in the near future.
- Interim Board for NDT Matters set up
The Interim Board for NDT Matters was set up at the end of September 1999 and had its Inaugural meeting on 5th October. At this meeting 4 committees were constituted.
Interim Administration Committee
Staff Mobilisation and Cadre Committee
- Wedding of Lalanika & Priyantha
Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga,
Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
married Lalanika Herath
on Monday 15th November 1999 in the presence of a large
gathering of well wishers at Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo.
- Re-opening on Staggered basis
The University re-opened for the final year students of the Architecture
Faculty on Tuesday 9th November and will be recommenced the Master's programmes
from Friday 12th November.
It has also been decided to reopen for the remaining students in the Architecture Faculty on Tuesday 16th November. Since the BSc Eng Final Part II students
have only two weeks remaining in their academic year, they too will start on the 16th November.
The NDT First Year Examination which was interrupted will recommence on 23rd November and the BSc Eng Final Part I Examination will now commence on 29th November.
Dates for recommencement of the remaining courses has not been decided on yet.
- IEE Asia Region Board Meeting, August 1999
The Asia Region Board Meeting of the Institute of Electrical Engineers was
held in Shanghai, China in August 1999.
Prof. Souguil Ann of Korea was elected as the New Chairman,
Mr. Radzi Mansor of Malaysia the Honorary Secretary and
Mr K.A.Gupta of India as the Honorary Treasurer.
Professor Rohan Lucas from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
was appointed as the Centre Nominated Representative (CNR) in the Asia Region Board for the next 2 year period.
- Energy Audit Training Course
Dr Aruna Ranaweera has been selected to follow the Energy Audit Training Course conducted by the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA) from November 22 to December 8, 1999 in Kandy.
- University Closure
The University was closed again on Wednesday 3rd November 1999 due to a student clash which also resulted in damage to the Sumanadasa Building.
- Obtains Membership of IEE
Dr Sumedha Rajakaruna became a Chartered Electrical Engineer recently after getting a transfer to the grade of Member in the Institution of Electrical Engineers,UK.
- 55th Annual Session of the SLAAS
The 55th Annual Session of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science will be held at the Open University of Sri Lanka from 29th November to 3rd December 1999.
- Resumption of Duties
Dr Piyantha Wijayatunga resumed duties in the department on 1 November 1999 after attending the Programme on Energy, Environmental
resources and sustainability (Phase II) held in New Delhi, WInnipeg, Ottawa and Washington DC.
- General Convocation
The Convocation to Award Engineering degrees was held on 2
November 1999 at the BMICH, Colombo.
The First PhD in the Engineering Faculty of the University of Moratuwa was awarded to Mrs Chintha Jayasinghe at this convocation. 16 Master's degrees and 366 Bachachelor's degrees were also awarded at this Ceremony. Among these were
50 graduands in the Electrical Engineering Specialisation.
The Convocation Address was delivered
by Dr. A.N.S. Kulasinghe on the topic of Some contributions to Engineering Research and Developments, and
Dr Arthur C Clarke delivered the Chancellor's address.
- Appointment of New Members to the UGC
The University Grant Commission has been reconstituted recently.
Professor Tilakaratne has been reappointed as the Chairman and
Professor Jiffry has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Commission. Professor Lakshman Jayatilake Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Peradeniya has been appointed as one of the members of the Commission.
- Academic Anniversaries
Professor J Rohan Lucas has completed 30 years of teaching having graduated on 1 September 1969.
He is also completing 25 years after obtaining his PhD at the Convocation held in Manchester, UK in December 1974.
Dr M Prinath Dias has completed 25 years in the University of Moratuwa having joined the staff in September 1974.
- Manamperi Award
The final year Electrical Engineering undergraduate project
Design of an instrument
to detect the red weevil in the coconut palm tree was adjudged the
best Engineering Student Project for the
by the Sri Lanka Association for the
Advancement of Science for the Year 1999.
The members of the project group are
C W S Goonetilleke,
W D M Prasanna,
T K J Sandagomi and
I K Weerasekera.
The Project was supervised by Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara.
The second place also went to an Electrical Engineering undergraduate project
from the University of Moratuwa. This was for the Design and
Implementation of a Lightning Protection Device for Low Voltage Systems
by A K P Viraj, D S Wickramanayake, J H P U K Jayalath and Ms K Wijesiriwardane
and supervised by Prof Rohan Lucas, Dr Aruna Ranaweera and Dr Nalin
- IEE Chairman's Lecture
Mr D G D C Wijeratne Chairman, IEE Sri Lanka Centre who has been recently appointed as Manager, Power Sector Reforms, Ministry of Irrigation & Power, delivered the first talk for the session 1999/2000 on the topic Power Sector Regulation. A gathering of over 70 comprising of invitees, IEE members and media personnel appreciated the well presented Chairman's Lecture. The meeting was held at the Hotel Galadari, Colombo on Tuesday, 26th October 1999.
- Unveiling of Photographs of Former Vice Chancellors
The Photographs of former Vice Chancellors Professor G T F de Silva December 1989 - December 1996 and Professor S Karunaratne December 1996 - June 1999 were ceremonially unveiled by the present Vice Chancellor Professor D S Wijesekera in the University of Moratuwa Board Room at 1330 hrs on 19 th October 1999 in the presence of Council Members, Senate Members and other Academic and Non-Academic Staff.
- Revision of Academic Calendar - BSc Engineering
(will probably need revision due to closure in October)
The Academic Calendar for the BSc Engineering course has been revised recently to account for the recent closure of the University. The present term which
commenced on 29th September will finish on 10th December 1999 other than for the Part II who will have study leave from 12th November.
The New Intake 1999/2000 for the BSc Engineering Programme is scheduled to commence their Orientation programme on 14th February 2000 and their regular lectures on 24th April 2000. The following Intake 2000/2001 for those who sat the Advanced Level examination in August 1999 is scheduled to commence the Orientation programme in December 2000.
MEng/PGDiploma Course in Electrical Engineering
The MEng Course in Electrical Engineering is scheduled to commence on 29th October 1999.
27 students have been selected.
Dr. Aruna Ranaweera is
the co-ordinator for this course.
- 93rd Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
The Inauguration of the 93rd Annual Sessions of the IESL was held on Friday 15th October 1999 at the BMICH, Colombo. Hon. Batty Weerakoon, Minister of Science, Technology & Human Resource Development was the Guest of Honour. The Chief Guest, Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka delivered her message through multi-media as she was unable to be present hereself.
Eng (Ms) R L Hathurusinha was inducted as the President for the Session 1999/2000 by the outgoing President Eng D C Wijeratna.
Ms Hathurusingha is the First Woman President of the Institution during its 93 year history.
The Techno 99 Exhibition was also opened after the inauguration and will run till 17th October.
- Web Counter
A Web counter has been installed at this site with effect from 15th October 1999
- Talk on Web Engineering
Professor Athula Ginige, Professor of Computing and Information Systems, University of Western Sydney delivered a talk on Web Engineering at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room on Wednesday 13th October 1999.
- Sabbatical Leave - Professor S Karunaratne
Professor S Karunaratne has requested two years sabbatical leave commencing 12th October 1999.
- Research Publication
A paper on Loading of Transformers beyond nameplate rating by K.B.M.I. Perera and J R Lucas has been published in the Engineer, vol xxx, September 1999, No 03, pp 68-65.
- Overseas Visits - Dr Priyantha Wijetunge
Dr Priyantha Wijetunge visited AIT Thailand during the period 22nd August to 28th August 1999.
He also visited UK during 13th September to 18th September 1999
and is presently on leave visiting India, US and Canada.
- Head, Department of Electronics & Telecommunications
Dr Dileeka Dias has been appointed as the head of the department of electronics and telecommunications engineering with effect from the beginning of September 1999. She took over from Dr Kapila Jayasinghe who completed three years in that post.
- Annual Conference - IEE Sri Lanka Centre
The Fifth Annual Conference of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre was held on 18th September 1999 at the Hotel Galadari, Colombo. 13 Technical papers were presented. Among the papers were the following from the University of Moratuwa.
* Lightning Protection of pole mounted transformers and its application in Sri Lanka - J R Lucas and D A J Nanayakkara, University of Moratuwa & Lanka Transformers Ltd
* Radio Telemetry Receiver - S R K Banavan, H M G Gunasekera, N H A N Nandasiri, I J Dayawansa and B S Samarasiri, University of Moratuwa
* Increasing the power transfer capability of an ac transmission line using a parallel small power dc link - Rohan Lucas and Jahan Peiris, University of Moratuwa
* Developing of an Electronic Device to detect Red Palm Weevil Larvae in Coconut Plantation in Sri Lanka - D N P Nanayakkara, Priyanthi Fernando, C W S Goonetilleke, W D M Prasanna, T K J Sandagomi and I K Weerasekara, University of Moratuwa & Coconut Research Institute, Luniwila
* Planer Geometry slot type horn antenna for X-band - I J Dayawansa, C Perera, G Tissera and D S M Perera, University of Moratuwa
* Electromagnetic Effects on the Brain due to Cellular Phones - I J Dayawansa, G T F de Silva, University of Moratuwa
* Microstrip Patch Antenna Array for X-Band - I J Dayawansa, H M G R de Silva, K P C Dilani and E G S J Edirisinghe, University of Moratuwa
* A date with computer viruses - V S Ganepola and L Seneviratne, University of Moratuwa.
The paper on Developing of an Electronic Device to detect Red Palm Weevil Larvae in Coconut Plantation in Sri Lanka was selected as the best presented paper at the conference.
- Recommencement of Lectures
Lectures for the Engineering undergraduate students and the NDT students recommenced on 29th September 1999 after the recent disruption.
- Appointment of Vice Chancellor
Professor Dayantha Wijesekera Senior Professor in Civil Engineering has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor from mid September 1999.
- Head of Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr J P Karunadasa was the acting head of the deparment of Electrical Engineering, during the absence of Professor J R Lucas from the island in September 1999.
- One Month Sabbatical Leave
Professor Rohan Lucas Professor in Electrical Engineering
spent the balance one month of his previous Sabbatical Leave in September
1999 in Australia. He visited the University of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology and followed a short course on Power Quality at the
University of Wollongong during this period. He also visited the University of Singapore. He intends to develop a module on Power Quality for the MEng course at the University based on his visit.
President's Fund for Inventors and Innovators
Professor J R Lucas has been appointed as a member of the Technical Sub Committee on Electronics and Electric of the President's Fund for Inventors and Innovators by the Minstry of Finance and Planning.
Director of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering
Prof Mrs N Ratnayake Associate Professor in Civil Engineering has been appointed as the First Director of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering with effect from 1st August 1999.
Results of Final Examination for BScEngineering Degree
The results of the Final Part III examination was released on 16th July 1999,
subject to conformation by the University Senate.
Results of Electrical Engineering Stream
Acting Vice Chancellor
Professor Lal Balasooriya Dean, Faculty of Architecture will be the Acting Vice Chancellor with effect from 2nd July 1999.
Resignation of Vice Chancellor
Professor S Karunaratne has resigned as Vice Chancellor of the University with effect from 29th June 1999 on account of the crisis that has arisen in the University.
Clash between Students
It is very saddening to report that the University had to be closed for the third time this year on account of a major clash between the NDT students and the BSc Engineering degree students on Tuesday 29th June 1999.
Dr Lalith Gamage has been released to accept an appointment as the
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Institute of
Information Technology (Guarantee) Co. Ltd with effect from 1 June 1999.
Conference Paper - Dr H Y R Perera
Dr Ranjit Perera presented a paper on Impact of Electrification on quality of rural life at the International Workshop
on stand-alone rural electrification held at the University of Twente,
Euschede, The Netherlands from 17 May to 19 June 1999.
Best Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Project
The final year undergraduate project Design of an instrument
to detect the red weevil in the coconut palm tree was adjudged the best
electrical engineering undergraduate
project by the Department of Electrical Engineering in the year 1998/99 [Academic Year 1996/97]. The Project was supervised by Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara.
The members of the project group are
C W S Goonetilleke
W D M Prasanna
T K J Sandagomi
I K Weerasekera
Mrs. Chintha Jayasinghe obtains PhD from Univiversity of Moratuwa
Mrs. Chintha Jayasinghe successfully defended her PhD thesis on Alternative Building Materials and Methods for Sri Lanka at an oral evaluation conducted at the Board Room of the Department of Civil Engineering on 20 April 1999. The University Senate at its meeting on 16th June 1999 accepted the recommendation to award the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to Mrs Jayasinghe.
Final Year (Electrical) End of Course Get-together
The end of course get together was held at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room commencing 1900 hrs on Thursday 17th June 1999. Among the items presented by the graduands was a hilarious mock TV interview with a supposed expert on the disease "Mahamariya" caused by rats.
Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi Senior Lecturer in Electrical
Engineering has taken over as the Head of the Department of
Computer Science and Engineering from 14th June 1999.
Dr Priyantha Wijetunge Senior Lecturer in Electrical
Engineering has taken over as Head of the Computer
Services Centre from June 1999.
Welcomed to the Department
The Final Part I students commenced their academic work on Monday 14th June 1999. They were welcomed to the department by Professor Rohan Lucas Head/Electrical Engineering, Dr Priyantha Wijetunga President, EESoc and Dr Nishantha nanayakkara Senior Treasurer, EESoc. The Engineering Teaching Assistants and the the Temporary Instructors in the department also participated in the event.
The NDT First Year and Second Year Sessional Examinations are expected to be conducted during the periods 21 June to 12 July and 02 August to 31 August 1999 respectively.[posponed]
Overseas visit - Dr M P Dias
Dr M P Dias Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Chairman Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka will be attending the Regional Co-ordination Seminar for Decision Makers responsible for the implementation of the model
projects on upgrading Radiation ann Waste Safety infrastructure in East and
West Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 14 - 18 June 1999.
Dr M P Dias will also be attending the Regional Training Course on Design of a TC Project in Beijing, China from 28 June to 6 July 1999.
Revised BSc Engineering Calendar
The BSc Engineering Calendar, revised by the Faculty on 03-06-1999 due to the recent disturbances, is now available on the Web. Academic Calendar 1999
NDT Diploma Awards Ceremony
The NDT Diploma Awards Ceremony
for the Presentation of Diplomands
is rescheduled to be held on 11th August 1999.
- Published Papers
The paper titled "AC-small power DC hybrid transmission for improving power system stability" by Rohan Lucas, (University of Moratuwa), Nalin Pahalawaththa, Udaya Annakkage and John Boys , (all from University of Auckland, NZ)
has been accepted in May 1999 for publication in the International Journal Electric Power Systems Research which is devoted to research and new applications in generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation of electric power.
- Sabbatical Leave
Professor Rohan Lucas Professor in Electrical Engineering is hoping to take the balance one month of his previous Sabbatical Leave in September 1999 in Australia. He is planning to visit the University of Queensland and the University of Wollongong. In these visits he hopes to initiate the development of a module on Power Quality for the MEng course at the University.
Dr Sumedha RajakarunaSenior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering is hoping to go to the University of Toronto in Canada for his Sabbatical for one year commencing in July 1999.
- Birth Announcements
Ms Anula Kumarihamy Abeygunawardena Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday 19th May 1999.
Dr Lalith Gamage Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Mrs Ramani Gamage were blessed with the addition of a baby boy to their family on Sunday 2nd May 1999.
- Returned after Postgraduate Studies
Mr Jahan Peiris returned to Sri Lanka and re-assumed duties as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering on 24 May 1999 after submitting his PhD thesis to the University of Auckland
in New Zealand.
Re-commencement of Academic Work
The recent non-academic staff strike was settled on Thursday 13th May 1999. Postgraduate lectures re-commenced on Friday 21st May. Other academic programmes commenced from 24th May.
Dr Priyantha Wijetunge visited the Tata Energy Research Institute in India for 3 weeks in May 1999.
Reminder -Call for Papers - Fifth Annual Conference - IEE Sri Lanka Centre
The IEE Sri Lanka Centre will be holding the Fifth Annual Conference on Saturday 18th September 1999. Prospective authors have been invited to submit abstracts of papers, they intend to submit, on or before 1 June 1999.
Commencement of Academic Work
The University which closed for the students on 9th February 1999 recommenced
academic work for the Postgraduate students on 5th March 1999 and
for all students on 11th March 1999. However due to student agitation it had to be reclosed for undergraduate students on 19th March 1999.
The University was thereafter kept closed on account of the Provincial Council Elections which fell on 6th April 1999 and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which fell on 14th April 1999. Academic activities are expected to recommence soon.
Transfer/Promotion (not accepted)
Ms. M K G Sandamali Madawala, Clerk of the Department
of electrical engineering, has obtained a tranfer to the Colombo Medical
College as a Trainee Technical Officer with effect from 2nd March 1999.
However due to personal reasons, she has decided not to accept the appointment
but remain in the department of Electrical Engineering.
Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi Senior Lecturer in Electrical
Engineering is the Acting Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for one week from 2nd March 1999, in the absence of Dr Gihan Dias who has gone on a technical visit to Singapore.
Dr Priyantha Wijetunge Senior Lecturer in Electrical
Engineering is the Acting Head of the Computer Services Centre from 2nd March 1999 in the absence of Dr Lalith Gamage who is on two month vacation leave.
Dr. Saman Priyantha Kumarawadu, Senior Lecturer in Electrical
Engineering, Grade II, has given his resignation effective from 26th
February 1999 to take up a post-doctoral appointment in the United Kingdom.
750 kW Grid connected mini hydro power station
The mini hydro power station, designed and constructed by MKN Eco Power Ltd
of which Dr D P N
Nanayakkara is a Director, has been commissioned in January 1999. The Power Station is
constructed on a tributary of Walawe Ganga at Wijeriya, Kolonne.
Village micro hyro power project
ENCO (Pvt) Ltd of which Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara and Dr
Sumedha Rajakaruna are Directors has designed
and constructed a 12 kW micro hydro power plant in a remote village in Deraniyagala on a branch of Magal Ganga, a
tributary of the Kelani Ganga.
- NDT Final Year Field Visit to Power Stations
The NDT II students, together with some staff members in the department
visited the Randenigala & Rantambe Power Stations and the Attampitiya micro-
hydro power plant during a field visit
organised by the department from 12th to 14th January 1999.
M Eng Course - Technical Visit to Wind Farm at Hambantota
The students of the MEng Course in Electrical Engineering together with some of
the academic staff paid a technical visit to the (600 kW x 5)
Wind Farm under construction at Hambantota on
23rd January 1999.
Appointment of Visiting Instructors
30 Visiting Instructors were appointed with effect from 13th January, from the
batch who completed the BScEng Final examination recently.
Sylvanus P Thompson Lecture
Prof. Malcolm McCormick De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
conducted the prestigious
IEE Silvanus P Thompson lecture, which he has delivered at over 30
locations worldwide, at the University of Moratuwa on 12th January 1999 on the
topic 3DTV - A Virtual Reality.
Over 400 Younger Members, academic staff and students enjoyed the very
The visit of Prof. McCormick to Sri Lanka has been organised by the Younger
Members' Section of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Sri Lanka Centre.
Recognition of Degrees
The IEE has agreed to grant favourable consideration
to candidates offering degrees from the University of Moratuwa, whose
transcript indicates an overall mark of at least 70%, to satisfy the educational
requirements for Corporate Membership.
This has been achieved through discussions between IEE and its International
Representatives in Sri Lanka the IEE and information supplied by the University
Discussions will continue to obtain recognition for all the graduates of the
Universities in Sri Lanka.
Inaugural NDT Diploma Awards Ceremony
The University of Moratuwa, NDT Diploma Awards Ceremony
for the Presentation of Diplomands
is scheduled to be held in two sessions on 11th February 1999 at the B.M.I.C.H.
Diplomands for the Academic Years 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91,
1991/92 and 1992/93 will be awarded the certificates at this ceremony.
"Optimisation of Transformer Design based on Load Curve" by K K A S D
Kumarasinghe, R L I K Dias (Ms), U A D R Athukorala and P G A Gunawardena
supervised by K B M I Perera and J R Lucas, was awarded the
Manamperi Award for the best Engineering Student
Project by the Sri Lanka Association for the
Advancement of Science for the Year 1998 at their
Annual Sessions on 14th December 1998.
His Lordship the Hon. G.P.S. de Silva, Chief Justice was the Chief Guest at