Eng. Sujith Wimalasooriya, from WIA Systems Sri Lanka, delivered a talk at the Department of Computer Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering. This was organized by the Computer Engineering Society of the Department. It was held on 12th December 2017. This was very interesting talk and attended by all the lecturers and students of the Department of Computer Engineering. Follow up of this event, a collaboration discussion was carried out between Sujith and Kaneshwaran, who is the Head and staff members of the Department of Computer Engineering. This was very successful and fruitful discussion. As a result Mr. Muditha Kumarasiri, who was the field top in the first batch of Computer Engineering, was recruited by Eng. Sujith on the spot for WIA Systems, Sri Lanka. Further Eng. Sujith also help the department in follow up events.
The Tamil Engineering Foundation (TEF), which is also called as Engineering Charity Fund Australia, donated 50 drawing boxes to the students of the Faculty of Engineering. This was donated on 12th December 2017. The TEF was donating the drawing boxes to the students in the past also. This was given as facility to the students to process their education without any difficulties. Always when the faculty take additional students, it was supported by the TEF and Engineering graduates with building up the positive capacity of the Engineering Student Union (ESU). As a result the ESU manage the drawing box distribution with the help of the Senior Treasurer Dr. B. Ketheesan. It is also another level of managerial capacity building to the students as they have been provided the capital. They have to look after the recurrent expenditure on repairing and replacement of these components, when they got damaged. This has been continued from the birth of the Faculty of Engineering and working excellently as services to the students. The faculty and the students are sincerely thanking the TEF for their support on donation of these 50 drawing boxes with the cost of 280,800 SLR. With this donation the ESU has the capital total of 125 drawing boxes. This donation and event was coordinated by Dr. B. Ketheesan and Ms. Hamshie Krishnarajah from the Faculty of Engineering.
Engineering Technology stream is newly introduced to GCE Advanced level and most teachers are unaware of subjects and its contents. Therefore, main objective of this B.Ed. in Engineering Technology program is to empower the teaching skills and knowledge of teachers who teach Engineering Technology at GCE Advance level. This program has been prepared and approved by National Institute of Education. The Director of NIE has requested the Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna only to deliver lectures for teachers.
This program includes 19 modules from different engineering disciplines such as: (1) Engineering Mathematics 1, (2) Electrical Technology, (3) Engineering Drawing, (4) Workshop technology, (5) Principal of Electronics, (6) Surveying, (7) Engineering Mathematics 2, (8) Applied Thermodynamics, (9) Strength of Materials, (10) Fluid Mechanics, (11) Engineering Mechanics, (12) Digital Electronics, (13) Construction technology 1, (14) Automobile Technology, (15) Electrical Machines and Drives, (16) QS Practice, (!7) Manufacturing Technology, (18) Construction technology 2 and (19) Energy and Waste Management. This program has been decided to be conducted in weekends from 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM and the duration of this program is 18 months. This program started on 10th December 2017. The personals who are conducting / assisting this program comprises of Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and instructors.
Mr. N.T.K. Lokuliyana, Director, Department of Technology, National Institute of Education (NIE) has initiated this excellent program through the Faculty of Engineering to upgrade the qualification and to provide necessary knowledge and skills for the teachers who teach Engineering Technology at GCE Advanced level. Further all the expenses of this program is funded by National Institute of Education at Maharagama, Sri Lanka. The whole program initiation and conduction is coordinated by Dr. B. Janarthanan from the Faculty of Engineering. This is one of the excellent services from the Faculty of Engineering to this region.
The project “Waste for Life” focused on generating poverty reducing solutions for a serious environmental issue in the country, the waste problem. This study achieved environmental sustainability by reducing the waste in the environment and, socio-economic sustainability by improving the livelihood of marginalized people in the community who work with waste.
Key aspects of this project are;
Current waste management system in the country and the role of the informal sector in waste management was identified.
Assessed the socio-economic, environmental and technical feasibility of a Waste for Life project in Sri Lanka.
Key stakeholders, the needs of the community and social impact of the project were identified.
Socio-economic and environmental sustainability of the project was found out and a small scale pilot project was implemented.
This project was an initiate in developing poverty reducing solutions through an innovative waste management approach for marginalized sectors in the community such as small scale recyclers, waste collectors and community based organizations who work on waste management.
For the past few decades the waste management in Sri Lanka has being primarily focusing on the environment. This project took a different approach and made an effort to include the marginalized sectors who work with waste into the system.
WASTE FOR LIFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF JAFFNA, KILINOCHCHI.
I joined as a Research Assistant for this project from July 2016 to Present. My role in this project is developing a composite materials from waste plastic and natural waste (Banana fiber, fabric waste and paddy husk). And we develop some simple domestic and building materials from those materials such as notebook covers and roof sheets.
Mr. Valluvan, Coordinator of the University Business Linkage Cell (Engineering), attended to the five days’ World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) workshop on Intellectual Property and Patent writing. Dean also attended to first day inauguration session of the workshop. This is mainly to motivate the research outcome of the Universities to be converted as useful product to the society and industries. This was organized by Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology. This workshop was conducted from 30th November till 3rd December 2017 at Kingsbury hotel in Colombo with resource persons from American leading Universities and WIPO office.
The Institute of Regional Development and Governance (IRDG) – headed by Mr. Sivagurunathan Rangarajah, Former Chief Secretary of the North-East Provincial Council in Sri Lanka, visited together with Mr. Naga Narendran to the Faculty of Engineering on 2nd December 2017. This was to discuss with all three deans of the Engineering, Agriculture and Technology Faculties. During this meeting, possible community outreach programs were discuss as fruitful future events. Finally it was decided to initiate simple collaborations while drafting an MOU for solid and sustainable collaborations. This discussion was coordinated by Mr. M. Vignarajah of the Faculty of Engineering.