Winner- student/academia category IEEE SA Telehealth Solutions Virtual Pitch Competition

Winner- student/academia category IEEE SA Telehealth Solutions Virtual Pitch Competition

The IEEE SA Transforming the Telehealth Paradigm Industry Connections Program in collaboration with the IEEE SA Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice held its first annual IEEE SA Telehealth Solutions Virtual Pitch Competition “Rethink the "Machine: Transforming RPM to a Patient-Centered Care System”

The theme of the competition focused on Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), a subset of telehealth, enabling physicians to better monitor and care for patients in real-time in a remote location. The competition sought solutions across the many touchpoints of the RPM experience with the goal of identifying potential opportunities to nurture ideas for global technical and/or data standards.

The Final Year Research Project “Multi-Purpose Health Monitoring Bracelet” of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Jaffna was selected among the 9 global finalists of the competition. It was the only team among the finalists representing an Asian Country.

The research project Multi-Purpose Health Monitoring Bracelet (MHMB) was carried out by the students Nilojkanth Loganathan and  Pramuka Sooriyapatabandige under the supervision and guidance of Mr R. Valluvan (Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna), Prof. R. Surenthirakumaran (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna) and Dr S. Sivasothy (Founder, Dotshook, France).

The final virtual pitch event took place virtually on the 8th of February 2022.

The Project MHMB was placed first in the category of Student/Academia at the IEEE SA Telehealth Solutions Virtual Pitch Competition

The research project Multi-Purpose Health Bracelet has also won the Professor S. Mahalingam Memorial Innovative Project Proposal Award 2020 presented by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna and Best Innovative Product/ Project – University – Northern Province at the SLASSCOM National Ingenuity Awards 2022.

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We congratulate the team for winning the 1st place of this international competition, representing University of Jaffna and Sri Lanka.


Students obtained First place and the most popular invention awards at the “Undergraduate inventor of the year (UIY) 2021” competition

The IESL established the Undergraduate Inventor of the Year (UIY) 2021 competition for undergraduates to encourage and stimulate interest in engineering inventions and provide an opportunity to organize and present their inventions. This is a unique opportunity to recognize and reward the nation’s most remarkable and innovative undergraduate students.

Competition was opened for any student member of IESL or an undergraduate of engineering faculties of the University of Peradeniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Ruhuna, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, South Eastern University, University of Jaffna and Open University of Sri Lanka. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the final competition was held online on October 8th 2021. Undergraduates from the universities of Peradeniya, Sri Jayewardenepura, and Jaffna had selected to the grand finale. Each entry was judged on its originality, inventiveness, scope of use, and potential social, environmental, or economic value.

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Popular talk of NASA scientist Dr. P. Balakumar at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Ponnampalam Balakumar (Research scientist at NASA Langley Research Center) delivered a popular talk about “stability-transition-turbulence” on 10th of January, 2018 at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. This talk was jointly organized by Mechanical Engineering Society (MES), Faculty of Engineering and Vadakkin Chapter of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL). This talk was mainly focus on his work done in NASA Langley Research Center. He discussed elaborately about the stability and transition of hypersonic boundary layers and laminar-transition region in supersonic and hypersonic flows.

Dr. Ponnampalam Balakumar graduated from University of Peradeniya in 1977 from Department of Civil Engineering. He obtained his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Missouri, Rolla, USA in 1981 and obtained his PhD in Aeronautics from MIT in 1986 specializing in Fluid Dynamics. He did his post-doctorate research in stability and transition of hypersonic boundary layers at Arizona State University, USA. Then, he worked as an Associate Professor at Old Dominion University until 2000. Since then he is working as a Research Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center. His area of research is stability, transition, and turbulence of supersonic and hypersonic boundary layers.

Abstract: Drag reduction is an important part in design of aerodynamic vehicles. Skin friction drag contributes more than 50% of the total drag on an aircraft. Skin friction drag reduction could be achieved by extending the laminar region on an airfoil and/or by reducing the turbulent skin friction. In this talk, a summary of predicting the laminar-transition region in supersonic and hypersonic flows will be discussed.

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Faculty Staff and students Members participated to the Civil Engineering Research Symposium at University of Ruhuna

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Society of the University of Ruhuna, hosted Undergraduate Research Symposium on the 3rd of January 2018. Total of 10 Civil and Environmental Engineering Society of University of Jaffna together with two staff members, Dr. N. Sathiparan and Dr. D.N. Subramaniam (who were in the evaluation panel, and one of them Chaired a technical presentation session), attended the sessions. The research symposium highlighted the undergraduate student research projects, which were part of their curriculum, with oral and poster presentations. Several members from different Universities, industrial engineers, policy makers and professionals attended the sessions.

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Initial discussion to form the Jaffna Engineering Faculty Alumni Association (JEFAA)

A focused discussion was carried out with the graduates and Dean on 27th December 2017 to form the Jaffna Engineering Faculty Alumni Association (JEFAA). It was excellent discussion participated by many graduates. The graduates also very happy to form the JEFAA for all win-win-win operations of the Students, Graduates and the Faculty. The dean very happily appreciated initiation of the graduates and concern on the students as well as the Faculty development. He further thanked the “first batch of graduates”, which is going to be remain forever in the history of the Faculty of Engineering. The AR/Engineering her team was attended the meeting taking the minutes for record purpose. That was a wonderful meeting with number of way forward thoughts from the graduates of the Faculty of Engineering University of Jaffna.

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Eng. Perampalam Vivegananthan memorial endowment is established to the Electrical Engineering

A memorial endowment was established with the name of Eng. Perampalam Vivegananthan in December 2017. This is to give a cash award at the Faculty Board of Engineering for the student/s performing the best results in Power System Subject. The student should get above A- grade and best in the batch to get this award. For this award, the winner will be awarded Sri Lankan Rupees of 30,000 cash award at the Faculty Board (equivalent to the interest of the capital, which was deposited by the donor). It was an excellent motivation to the students, who are very well motivated to achieve the best in their academic performance of this subject.

Brief Biography of Eng. Vivegananthan Perampalam

Perampalam Vivegananthan (Vive) (1939-1982) was a dedicated family man and a passionate electrical engineer. Vive grew up in Urelu, Jaffna with his ten siblings. As a boy Vive loved to explore how things are constructed and occasionally got into hijinks. Once he and his brother created a radio antenna on a mango tree that was promptly torn down by his father. Vive was a stellar student in elementary and high school and showed a talent for math and science. Engineering drew him from childhood and thus, was a natural choice for his university studies. Vive obtained a B.Sc. Engineering with Honors from the University of Ceylon in 1959. After graduation, Vive obtained a scholarship to study at the Master’s level at the University of Manchester, Institue of Science and Technology. As a Chartered Electrical Engineer Vive worked at Associate Electrical Industries and British Nuclear Design and Construction in the UK. He married Kohilambal Sithamparampillai (also a graduate from the University of Ceylon) in 1966. Vive and Kohila emigrated from the UK to Canada in 1974 with their two young children, Jeevan and Usha. As a Professional Engineer in Canada Vive worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. The most exciting and fulfilling period of Vive’s career was as an electrical engineer at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Power Station in New Brunswick, Canada. Vive was intellectually driven and a skilled problem-solver. His favorite place was on the nuclear plant floor bringing technical solutions to complex problems together with his colleagues and employees. Point Lepreau operates to this day and is the only operating nuclear power reactor in Atlantic Canada. Vive passed his love of science and problem-solving onto both of his children.

Jeevan (B.A.Sc. Engineering Science, University of Toronto) and Usha (B.Sc., Ph.D. Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Toronto) are proud to carry on his legacy of dedication to career and intellectual curiosity. Along with their mother, they are very happy to provide this endowment to the highest performing Power Systems student at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna and hope it will inspire students to follow Vive’s example as an outstanding engineer.

IQAC team visited to all four departments to check the facility, quality of teaching and learning process

Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the Faculty of Engineering is responsible for providing confidence that the requirements for quality are met. Interested groups, such as the government, industry and society in general, want confidence that the students will have the required knowledge when they graduate, that cutting-edge courses and programs are offered. To provide such confidence to the employers of graduates and the general public, University Grants Commission in Sri Lanka have introduced national accreditation of university programs. The standards were developed by quality professionals originating mainly from the academic and industry sectors, and provide a framework for developing quality systems, as well as making quality efforts visible to customers. The IQAC team visited to all the Departments during a week starting on 21st December 2017, to check through their operations and documentations to preserve the best quality of teaching and learning process. More information can be viewed from

Functions and Responsibilities:

IQAC shall design action plans and implementation mechanisms to ensure that the Quality principles (Best Practices) are actually practiced by the Faculty. The “best practices” are dynamic and continuous. They are the result of identification, experimentation, reflection, feedback and innovation based on experience. Best practices are amenable to documentation and have the potential for replication; they are transparent, accountable, affordable and accessible to both staff and students, and add value to an institution. They are contextual and influenced by many factors. Best Practices show the path to success through continuous improvement leading to the benchmark of excellence.

Criteria and Corresponding Best Practices at the Faculty level:

IQACs in liaison with respective committees in the faculties will ensure that the ten criteria proposed by Program Review Manual namely:

  • Governance and Management
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Resources Student Support and Progression
  • Student Assessment and Awards
  • Strength and Quality of Staff
  • Postgraduate studies, research, Innovation and Commercialization
  • Community Engagement, Consultancy and Outreach
  • Distance Education
  • Quality Assurance, and the corresponding best practices are being adopted within the Faculty

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