Faculty staff attended the WaSo Asia Africa Joint meeting at Ethiopia

Dr. S.S. Sivakumar, coordinator of WaSo project of UoJ and Mr. D.S. Sampath, Secretary of WaSo project attended WaSo Asia and Africa joint meeting at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia from 17th -19th November 2017. Meeting hosted by Department of Political Science and International Relations, Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia. Meeting held at Adulala Resort, Bishoftu, Ethiopia. This meeting was focused on followings.

  • Administration issues
  • NORAD annual meeting preparation
  • Curricula development
  • Project implementation plan
  • Sustainability of WaSo – during and beyond

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Second batch of Kelani Sakthi program was completed and MOU was extended with Kelani Cable PLC

The Kelani Sakthi program is delivering Electrician courses in Tamil Medium as free education system fully sponsored by the Kelani Cable PLC industry from June 2014. This is to empower community by producing knowledgeable electricians with skill on work. This was carried out for last three years after signing the first MOU on 17th June 2014 for three years. As this MOU was successfully completed in 2017 and the second batch of 24 students also completed their electrician program, a certificate awarding event was organized on 16th November 2017. On this date, the second phase of MOU was also signed to extend this program for next three years with the full sponsorship from Kelani Cable PLC Ltd. Annual budget of this program come about one million rupees as sponsor from Kelani Cable PLC Ltd. This event was blessed by the Professor Ratnam Vigneswaran, Vice Chancellor and Mr. Mahinda Sarnapala, CEO of the Kelani Cables PLC Ltd and his team. This whole program was coordinated and successfully conducted by Dr. T. Thiruvaran, coordinator of the Kelani Sakthi program and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Initiation of Incubation Center at the Faculty of Engineering by SLIC

Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC) Commissioner visited to the Faculty of Engineering on 13th November 2017. There were number of discussions and as a follow up action he visited to the Faculty of Engineering to discuss in detail on establishing the Incubator Center at Kilinochchi premises. He visited with other two officers of the SLIC. He spent the whole day in the Faculty of visiting to all the laboratory and discussing about the available equipment. Further he also see the possible space to start up the incubation center operations. As a result he approved to establish the incubation center at the Faculty of Engineering available places in the Department of Computer Engineering. In the evening meeting, the initial purchase of equipment was discussed in detail. Finally total of 10.85 million rupees worth equipment and furniture was approved to be purchased. While he approved, he requested to do all procedure and sent the purchase order to release the money from SLIC to the University of Jaffna. This whole program was coordinated and Incubator center proposal write up was done by Mr. R. Valluvan, the coordinator of the University Business Linkage Cell (UBLS) Engineering.

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A team of students participated at the grand finals of the HackLN 2017

A group of students with the name of “Team kavalance” represented the Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna in a competition held at Kelaniya University. They were selected to compete at Grand finals on “HackLN 2017” hackthon competition. This was organized by the Kelaniya University in association with The Sri Lanka Inventors Commission. Competition was under “Hack the Future by improve solution in 2017 to make better life in 3017” topic.

Total of 60 teams were participated by representing 14 Universities. This was the first margin, the team crossed by becoming within the top 24, where it was selected for the semifinals. Within those 24 teams, in the second round competitions, the team became within the top 14, who was competing in Grand finals. The grand final competition was held on 11th November 2017 during the night at hackthon. For this competition two mentors from the Sri Lanka IT industries were helping the team of the students, who were Mr. Jerome Samarasinghe and Mr. Gayan Pathirage.

Civil Engineering Students Obtained “Emerging Civil engineer award 2017”

The Emerging Civil Engineer Award is an annual competition organised by the Sri Lanka Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers to encourage and support future civil engineers of Sri Lanka. The award aims to identify and reward the most innovative civil engineering student in Sri Lanka and to encourage innovative thinking among all civil engineering students. This event was held in 3rd April 2017.

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Prof. Eliathamby Ambikairajah Award

The following students have been awarded Prof. Eliathamby Ambikairajah award for their best performance in semester exams at the special faculty board held on 20th September 2017. The selected students were excited about the award and expressed their sincere gratitude to Prof. Eliathamby Ambikairajah. They further said that such awards motivate them to excel in their studies.

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Faculty students participated to the startup weekend Vanni program and obtained first three prizes

The Startup Weekend Vanni was held at faculty of Engineering from 16th to 18th December 2016. This is the third such event in Sri Lanka. Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an opportunity to the graduates/students to present their startup ideas and polish up the ideas as working prototype which get polished by many industry experts during the event. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors. Continue reading

Students won the first runner up in the national level robot competition

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka conducted its first robotic competition with the name of UWU ROBOT BATTLES 2016. The Robotic competition was conducted in two categories as SCHOOL CHALLENGE and OPEN CHALLENGE under two different tasks in robotics and it was island wide. Undergraduate students’ teams and any other institutions or school or industries’ teams were able to participate in the open challenge. It was to test the advanced skills of participants that were required to complete a higher task, in a challenging environment, in different ways.

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Faculty engineering students participated in Sri Lanka University Games

Representing University of Jaffna, Faculty of Engineering Students participated the 12th Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) -2016 held from 1st September to 13th September 2016 at University of   Wayamba, Sri Lanka.

Mr. Neorooshan Durairaja, 3rd Year Engineering Student, a member of the Road race team won 7th Place in Individual Race and as the team University of Jaffna succeeded to win 1st Place.

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