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Dear Members,


The year 2016 has dawned with a lot of expectations of the General Public. The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka too started the year 2016 with lots of expectations to deliver good service to our members and general public while also commemorating its 110th anniversary. With the view of blessing the institution as well as our past and present members, an all-night Pirith ceremony was held on 3rd January Sunday and an Almsgiving ceremony was held on 4th Monday at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium.


Further, on the exact birthday of the IESL, 6th January 2016, multi-religious services were held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium and the President, President Elect, number of Past-Presidents, Council members and members were present.


Most of the Provincial Chapters too conducted religious ceremonies to bless the IESL and its members.


IESL Council, Sectional Committees and Provincial Chapters are making yearly work programs to improve the professionalism of our members at large. The Professional Review ‘B’ paper result was out and recorded 68% of candidates as successful. Now the Professional Standards Management Committee (PSMC) is making arrangements to conduct the Professional Review Examination throughout the year to facilitate our members appear for the PR at their convenience despite their official responsibilities.


In fact the Government also launched its development strategy and held the Sri Lanka Economic Development Summit in Colombo with the participation of world famous Economists and Investors. Further, the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development has published a Western Region Megapolis Master Plan in consultation with Professional Institutions. Similar master plans will be published very soon for other regions too. It is with pride that we mention that the Minister in-charge is an Engineer with the Secretary of the Ministry also being an Engineer as well and both of them being our members,


The Development programs are extensively planned and the Construction would help our Engineers find employment as well as gather novel competence and as the professional body for engineers we, IESL, will urge the Government to provide opportunities to local Engineers and Experts to involve in this endeavor. Our Engineers would then be able to plan the works to suit our own environmental requirements as well as to fulfill the aspirations of the general public.


Further, in this year 2016 our Engineers have to face other challengers and I feel that one of the challenge would be to ensure water for drinking and food security. Last few months our country received heavy rains fairly exceeding annual average rainfalls and all the reservoirs are full of water at spilling Level. The Experts of Climate changes and Engineering Hydrologists have already forecast extreme drought period EL NINO in the year 2016 after 25 years or so. Therefore, the Government, General public and farmers are expecting service of our water Engineers to manage water in a sustainable and economical manner to ensure Drinking water as well as water for food security. As engineers we have to get ready to face these challenges.


Thank you.


Eng. Wimalasena Gamage
President of IESL

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