The University of Jaffna and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14th March 2017 for the educational and research cooperation at Masters and PhD level. The agreement is taking part of five years of joint NORPART project. This focus on student and staff exchange within the fields of nanomaterial and clean energy technology. The main research area of the project will be new generations of solar cell technologies. The project also aims to establish a master program at the University of Jaffna in clean energy technologies and to facilitate joint supervision and dissemination. The project is funded by the Norwegian government and has a budget of 80 million rupees.
The talk was delivered by Professor Christopher Koliba and it was held at the Faculty of Engineering on 14th March.
Tamil Engineers Foundation, which is a registered Engineering Charity Fund organisation at Australia, have donated 25 drawing boxes to the Engineering Student Union. This donation is 121,725 rupees worth drawing instrument boxes for the additional intake of 25 students in the 4th batch of the undergraduate student. The faculty took 3rd batch with 50 students’ intake and 4th batch with 75 students’ intake. Normally this is done by the alumni association in other Universities. This is to help the undergraduate students to provide equal opportunity, where they can perform the best in their studies.
The Government Agent of the Jaffna District, invited Dr. A. Anburuvel to participate the Strategic Cities Development Project Meetings to get his advice as expert on transportation. It was planned to conduct number of discussions from March 2017. It has been decided to study the Jaffna integrated multi model transport system to identify and stream line to the traffic and transport management towards future development in city area. It is targeted to establish the development plan throughout till 2050. It is an excellent initiative by the Government Agent of the Jaffna District to integrate the experts’ advices for the long term future plan. The faculty is happy to help in all means on helping to develop the strategic cities development plan for the sustainable solutions for problems in the cities, around this region, with long term focus. This will help to move forward with sustainable development of the country at large scale.
The Stakeholder consultation on vertical building complex related to the 2017 budget proposal was held on 14th and 21st of March 2017 at the Chief Minister’s secretariat in Kaithadi, Jaffna. The discussion was to build a vertical building complex for commercial and recreational purpose. Eng. M. Vignarajah participated both meetings on the above title. During the meeting it was emphasized that a city development plan for the next 25 years, considering space management, traﬃc planning, utility managements, waste management etc. Also it was discussed that without demolishing the existing buildings, it is advisable to refurbish with modern architecture which manifest the local landscape. It was a golden opportunity for the Faculty to provide the technical advice for the better development.