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  • 24 Oct 2013 10:33 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    A special delegation comprised of IESL President, President- Elect and Chairman Electrical and Electronic Sectional Committee met H E The President at ‘Temple Trees’ on  Tuesday 22nd October,2013 

    And Had discussions on the Engineering Council Act, Engineering Education, Contribution of the IESL to government programs and the National Engineering Conference that was to be held on Thursday 24thOctober, 2013 at the Hotel Galadari.

    H E Mahinda Rajapakse is the current patron of the IESL which has traditionally had the head of the state as its patron.

  • 05 Oct 2013 11:59 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    Held on September 29

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  • 04 Oct 2013 11:44 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka Central Provincial Centre (IESL CPC) held its Annual General Meeting at the Hotel Oak Ray Regency, Kandy on 27th Sept. 2013, in the presence of a large gathering of its members from all over the province. .Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage - Minister of Sports was the Chief Guest while President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando, President-Elect of IESL   and Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman – ICT Committee of the IESL graced the occasion as special guests.

     The very first provincial arm of the IESL, the IESL CPC was established in 1982. It has over 500 members from its 3 districts of Kandy, Matale and Nuwar Eliya working in public and private sector. The province is home to some of the largest hydro-power generation infrastructure in the country in addition to infrastructure related to supply of safe drinking water, education, health, etc.

    In his address the Hon. Minister: expressed his appreciation of the vital role played by engineers in developing  Kandy and other parts of the country. He however stressed the importance of demonstration of  innovative and entrepreneurial excellence rather than just managerial skills among engineers as they are the most qualified to do so.

    The President, IESL in his speech informed that the IESL is now globally connected and that the potential for group activities of the provincial centres has increased and that it’s necessary that they have places of their own to perform their enhanced functions effectively. He also stressed that all members should register with the  new membership management system of the IESL and be partners in the digital journey of the IESL and derive full benefits from

    Eng.Shavindranath Fernando: gave a presentation on supply and demand for "energy" in Sri Lanka and pros and cons of various available energy sources. He also promoted Techno 2013

    A get together followed the AGM with lots of fellowship and enjoyment among the more than 150 members who attended

    Office Bearers of the IESL Center, Central Province for year 2013/2014




    Eng. B.M.U.S. Bandara

    Vice Chairman

    Eng. M.S. Withanage


    Eng. Palitha Abekoon


    Eng. H.P.N. Senarathna

    Asst. Secretary

    Eng. Dharaka Vithana


    Eng. Sanjeewa Perera

    Web Master

    Eng. Dr. Kamalanath Samarakoon

    Committee Members

    Eng. S.M. Kumarasingha

    Eng. D.V. Madawattha

    Eng. P. Suresh

    Eng. Palugaswewa

    Representative Members

    Eng. D.T. Siriwardana

    Eng. W.R.M.U. Wicramasingha

    Eng. Anurudda Rathnayake

  • 03 Oct 2013 9:53 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    A District Centre affiliated to the IESL Northern Provincial Centre was established on Friday, 13th September, 2013 in Mannar. The event, attended by a large number of engineers in the region, was held at the Irrigation Department (Central) Murugan, Mannar. Eng. A. Robert V. Peiris was elected as the Founder Chairman of the new centre while Eng. Consalas and  Eng.A.Thevanand were elected respectively as  Vice Chairman and Secretary.

    President of IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva  and Chairman, ICT Committee of IESL, Eng.Arjuna Manamperi  graced the occasion with their presence. This is the 3rd such district centre to be established by the IESL under its policy of making its services easily accessible to members at the district level. The New Membership Management system launched recently by the IESL requires just a PC with internet connection for members to participate in the activities of the institution. Eng. Arjuna Manamperi made a comprehensive presentation on the use and benefits of the system.

     A presentation on  “ Water Resources Development in Mananr District with the Dawn of Peace” by Eng. S.M.A Nelugolla, Director of Irrigation- Mannar, Irrigation Department gave a brief but comprehensive perspective on water resources development taking place in the north.

    Office bearers of Mannar District Centre :-

    Selected Committee Members




    Eng.A.Robert V Peris

    Vice Chairman




    Assist Secretary




    Representatives of each Organization















    Joice Croos



    Private sector

    T.C.Dominic Thuram


    Official ceremonies over, guests and invitees participated later in the night in a fellowship event held at the living quarters of the Irrigation Department. Incidentally the two buildings that are now used as living quarters for visitors and resident engineers had in the recent past served as a court house and administrative building for the LTTE in that area. To add finishing to the unique experience , guests,  were treated to the tastes of experimental export quality fruits cultivated from a land that had not long ago been full of bombs and mines.

    The credit goes to Eng. N. Suthakaran, Chairman – IESL Northern Provincial Centre and the Executive Committee for the successful establishment of the Mannar District Centre. Together with Eng. N.Kirushanrooban of the Irrigation Department in the region, and his able team of young engineers the fellowship and hospitality to the guests  that followed were superbly organized.

  • 01 Oct 2013 7:09 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    A District Centre affiliated to the IESL Uva Provincial Centre  was established at Monaragala at a ceremony held in this connection at the Victory Inn, Moneragala. 

    Eng. Tilak De Silva, President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) and Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman ICT Committee of the IESL graced the occasion with their presence.

    Eng. S.N.B.M Padmasiri, Chairman, IESL Uva Provincial Centre welcomed the special guests and  large number of engineers from Monaragala, Bibile and Wallawaya areas of the Monaragala district who attended the event.

     Addressing the gathering Eng. Tilak De Silva explained his goal of making IESL accessible to its members at the district level. He said that this is the 6th such district centre established by the IESL up to now, the others being those at Kegalle, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Ampara and Batticaloa. He commended the Chairman, Eng. S.N.B.M Padmasiri and Executive Committee of the Uva Provincial Centre for their successful efforts towards establishing the Monaragala District Centre.

     Eng. Arjuna Manamperi did a presentation on ‘The Usage and Benefits of the new Membership Management System of the IESL’

    At the end of the formal session, all the engineers who gathered (around 60) converged to enjoy a "paduru patiya" and a sumptuous dinner made with local delicacies such as fresh water fish from the near by reservoirs

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  • 26 Sep 2013 3:52 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Engineering Excellence Awards 2013, the premier event of the year for rewarding outstanding achievements  by engineers and engineering enterprises organized by the IESL was held at the Cinnamon Grand on Tuesday, 24th September, 2013 from 7.00 pm onwards. Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development was the Chief Guest and Hon. Pavithra  Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power and Energy was the Guest of Honour for the   event.

    The most prestigious award of the event, Eminence in Engineering Award ,was bestowed upon Eng. Subasinghe Arachige Don Hector Sam Subasinghe ( Eng.H.S Subasinghe), former General Manager of CEB best recognized for his pioneering role in setting up the Lanka Electricity Company (LECO), to take over the dilapidated electricity distribution network maintained by local bodies and introduction of novel concepts such as Pole Mounted Distribution Transformers, Pre-stressed Concrete Poles, Spot Billing System, etc. to the LECO as its founder chairman. 

    The Excellence in Engineering Awards  were carried away by Prof.J.R.Lucas, Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering  of the University of Moratuwa, in the field of Electrical Engineering and by Eng. Mangala P.B Yapa, the dynamic MD/CEO of Colombo Dockyard Ltd, in the discipline of Marine Engineering  for his outstanding achievements in transforming  the company in to a world class shipbuilder and repairer and the attendant prestige, transfer of technologies and earning of foreign exchange it brought to the country . 

    The President’s Award, given at the discretion of the IESL President in recognition of outstanding contribution/initiative made towards achieving the institution’s plans, goals and objectives was this year bestowed upon Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, the architect of IESL’s current drive towards ICTization of its Secretariat functions and membership services and the force behind its new, cloud based, Membership Management System and Global Connectivity with its membership and international professional organizations. 

    A Special Appreciation Award was  bestowed on Eng. (Dr.) Ananda Ranasinghe, Immediate Past President of IESL for his outstanding contribution to the institution during his presidency and his continued support in the current session.

    The Young Chartered Engineer Awards, Social Responsibilities and Environment Award and Engineering Heritage Award  were won by the following personalities for their  outstanding performances as engineers in their respective fields as follows:

    Young Chartered Engineer Awards

    Eng. (Dr.) S Wickramaratne (Civil Engineering)

    Eng. S Nanayakkara (IT and Communication)

    Social Responsibilities and Environment Award

    Eng. D N J Ferdinando

    Engineering Heritage Award

    Eng. Gemunu Silva

    This year the competition was intense in Excellence in Engineering Awards for Organizations with 28 companies vying for the prestigious awards in their respective sectors. The ultimate winners were as follows:


    Manufacturing (Large)

    Ceylon Biscuits Limited  -  Main Award 

    Neil Fernando & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd.  – Merit Award

    Infrastructure – Construction

    MAGA Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd. – Main Award

    Access Engineering PLC – Merit Award

    Infrastructure - Services

    Road Development Authority – Main Award

    Dialog Axiata PLC – Merit Award

    Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd. – Merit Award

    Engineering Services

    Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau – Main Award

    Ace Power Embilipitiya (Pvt.) Ltd. – Merit Award

    The most prestifious Award for Excellence in Engineering Journalism was won by Mr. Nihal P Abeysinghe  of the Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd. for his outstanding reporting in the print media to further  public understanding and promotion of engineering while Mr. Thusitha Hemantha  of  Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation won a Merit Award under the same category for his outstanding contribution through the  electronic media.

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  • 26 Sep 2013 12:16 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    The president IESL has ceremonially opened its Ampara District Centre and Student Chapter of the Faculty of Engineering at the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka Oluvil, at premises of the South Eastern University on 15th September 2013. The President of IESL Eng. Tilak De Silva was the Chief Guest.

    This occasion was graced by , Eng. A.L.M. Nizar, Chairman of IESL Eastern province, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi -Chairman of ICT Committee of IESL, , and Dr. S.M. Junaideen, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, South Eastern University.

    Eng. A. L. M. Nizar, Chairman IESL Eastern provincial Centre announced following member for the district committee who were elected by the Provincial Centre East at the meeting held on 17.08.2013.     

    1. Co-Chairman : Eng.M.I.Ilham Jazeel
    2. Co-Secretary  : Eng.A.M.Aslam Saja
    3. Co-Treasurer  : Eng.J.Akeel
    4. Member-01    : Eng.A.M.M.Hakeem
    5. Member-02    : Eng.A.L.M.Safeek

    President IESL endorsed and declared the above district committee members for the session 2013/2014.

    The president of IESL in his keynote address highlighted that IESL District Centre play an important role for the Engineering community as Engineers working or living in every district are able to meet regularly and these Centres will make them connected closely with their fellow members. He appreciated the move of Provincial Centre for coupling the undergraduates of Faculty of Engineering at the inception with the IESL, although some universities waited to join IESL for ages.

    Eng. A.L.M. Nizar delivered his guest speech on “who is an Engineer?” with a slide show of depicting basic elementary engineering to state of the art, reconstruction of Arugambay Bridge. Dr. S.M. Junaideen founder Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in speech described about the Faculty of Engineering SEUSL and requested the IESL and their member’s fullest support for the future betterment of the faculty.

    The Chairman of ICT Sectional Committee of IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi delivered a special talk on “Engineers as Leaders” was a highlight of this ceremony.  Eng. P. Jathees from the Department of Irrigation, Ampara presented a technical paper on the “Design of Kalugal Oya reservoir” during this event.

    This remarkable milestone event was modulated and concluded with the vote of thanks by Co-Secretary  : Eng.A.M.Aslam Saja of IESL District Centre Ampara.

  • 26 Sep 2013 12:23 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL Batticaloa District Centre has organized this event to commence the construction of the Eastern Provincial Centre for the IESL in the Batticaloa District with the direction of the Eastern regional Centre Chairman Eng.Nizar. This event took place at the Thiraimadu GN Division in the Manmunai North DS Division in the Batticaloa District .

    The IESL President and guest were garlanded and warmly welcomed   by the Batticaloa District committee members and conducted to proposed land.

    The IESL president,  Chairman IESL -  PC East, Chairman ICT  Committee of IESL, and special guest Manmunai North Divisional secretary Mr.Giritharan were officially inaugurated the ceremony at 2.30pm with ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the IESL Regional Center Name Board with the participation of District committee members and others.

    Following this event, the foundation stone laying was held at the auspicious time of 2.40 pm headed by the IESL President Eng.Tilak and the Eastern Centre Chairman Eng.Nizar, with the Religious observation . The IESL members and Government officials were participated in this event. Specially the Divisional Secretary MN North, Mr.Giritharan participated as Special Guest, who extended his cooperation to allocate the land for this purpose.

    Thereafter the event of tree planting took place by the IESL president followed and by officials, members and junior Engineers of the Eastern Region.

    On completion of these field events members were conducted the meeting venue.

    The meeting was presided by the Co-Chairman of IESL Batticaloa District Centre, Eng. D.A. Pragash and attended by several IESL members and Government officials.

    Eng. A. L. M. Nizar, Chairman IESL Eastern provincial Centre announced following member for the Batticaloa district committee who were elected by the Provincial Centre East at the meeting held on 17.08.2013.     

    1. Co-Chairman  : Eng.D.A.Pragash
    2. Co-Secretary  : Eng.M.Ramanasundaran
    3. Co-Treasurer  : Eng.G.Sujitharan
    4. Member-01    : Eng.Mrs.J.Dharmaretnam
    5. Member-02    : Eng.A.S.M.Irshath

    President IESL endorsed and declared the above district committee members for the session 2013/2014.

    The president in his speech mentioned the reasons of the requirement of  IESL Provincial Centre Building  for the Eastern Province  and its necessary contribution in the development of the province and CPD of the provincial members. Also he express the contribution of the mother centre towards construction of the proposed building.  

    The Chairman of ICT Committee of IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi stressed in his speech that the proposed building has to be designed and constructed such a way that it should be the model green building which has to be referred by others to construct  building in the future.

    The IESL Eastern Provincial chairman Eng.Nizar, mentioned in his speech that  the effort to find a permanent land for the provincial centre with the regional committee members became true today. He wished and thank the district committee members specially Eng.Ramanan for his  effort to find this valuable piece of land.  for the success.

    Mr.Giritharan – DS MN North in his address wished the committee and all IESL members for the new thinking of the Development and his expectation of the Engineers participation in the Eastern Regional development.

    This remarkable milestone event was modulated by Eng. Ramanan and concluded with the vote of thanks by Co-Chairman  : Eng.D.A.Pragash of IESL District Centre Batticaloa.

    (Reported by Eng. A.L.M. Nizar IESL Eastern Provincial Centre)

  • 24 Sep 2013 10:31 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting, 2013 / 2014 session, of the IESL North Central Provincial Centre(NCPC) was held at the Galway  Miridiya Lodge Hotel, Anuradhapura, on 12th September, 2013  in the presence of a large gathering of its members, distinguished guests and special invitees. President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva, President – Elect of IESL, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando and Chairman ICT Committee of the IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, graced the occasion with their presence.  In view of the many  important initiatives of the last session and the necessity to continue with the great progress achieved, office bearers of key positions in the Executive Committee of the last session were unanimously re-elected to serve in those positions in the new session too. Thus an almost unchanged NCPC Executive Committee will continue to get the  leadership of Eng. J.A.D.R Sujith Kumara as Chairman and Eng. (Ms) D L B P Wijesekera  as  Secretary to continue their good work in the new session.

    The acquiring of a plot of land in Puttalam Road at Korakahawewa, Anuradhapur to build  a permanent building of its own for the NCPC  was an important initiative of the centre  in the last session. Preliminary works towards construction of the building have been  completed and the foundation   stone already laid by the President, Eng. Tilak De Silva, on 31st January, 2013. The  building is expected to be completed in two stages with the  first stage expected to be completed in one year at an estimated  cost of Rs 18.5 million. The NCPC is expecting to  raise this amount through fund raising. A sum of Rs 1.5 million have been already released as donation by the IESL parent body through the special initiative of the President, Eng. Tilak De Silva, towards this endeavor.

    The building will be the first such building owned by an IESL Provincial Centre in the island and will be a tremendous boost to the capacity of the NCPC to more effectively perform activities of the centre such as holding meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. towards professional development of IESL  membership in the province. This concept  is to be extended to  all other IESL Provincial Centres as confirmed by Eng. Shavindranath Fernando, the President – Elect of IESL. The historic transition to ICT based operations and global connectivity established at the IESL Secretariat together with IESL Provincial Centres capacitated by permanent buildings of their own and affiliated regional arms  are expected to expand the reach of the IESL to its members in each and every corner of the island and any part of the world overseas .

    Historic transitions in the way the IESL served its membership have taken place at the IESL,. Today members with a personal computer and internet connection could easily login to membership services available online. The new membership management system enables online payment of membership fees, registration for events, establish contacts, participate in forums etc., etc., on par with systems available with internationally recognized professional bodies. Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman, ICT Committee of IESL whose key role is vital to this transition took the opportunity to do a comprehensive presentation on the use and benefits of the new Membership Management System, at the event.

    The event included a fabulous dancing session and an award ceremony to recognize 15 project accomplishments by PC members.  The fellowship event that followed was memorable and full of fun that even the tourists in the hotel decided to join the traditional bila dances!

    The pioneering spirit of engineers in the North Central Province was responsible for the establishment of the predecessor of the IESL, the Engineering Association of Ceylon, the first professional body for engineers in Sri Lanka, established in 1906 by a few Government Officers serving in the province. Their current endeavor to build the first permanent building of their own by an IESL Provincial Centre is undoubtedly done in the same spirit.

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  • 24 Sep 2013 10:07 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    The IESL New South Wales (Autralia) Chapter  donated engineering books to the University of Jaffna at a simple handing over ceremony held at the university premises  on 13th September, 2013. The books were officially handed over to the Vice Chancellor  of the University of Jaffna,  Snr. Prof. (Ms) Vasanthi Arasaratnam  by the President of the IESL, Eng. Tilak De Silva. It’s just this year that a Faculty of Engineering (located in Kilinochchi ) have been added to the University of Jaffna. Chairmen of the IESL NSW Chapter, Eng. Kamal Fernando participated in the event via SKYPE However Eng. Kandiah Mahadeva of the NSW Chapter who meticulously selected the most useful books and coordinated its  purchase in Australia and transfer to Colombo couldn’t participate in the event, even via SKYPE, due to prior commitments. The discussion that followed the hand over focused on wider cooperation between the IESL and the University of Jaffna. Eng. Shavindranath Fernando - President Elect of IESL, Eng. Arjuna Manamperi - Chairman,  ICT Committee of IESL,Prof.K.Kandasamy -  Professor of Physics , Prof.P.Balasuntharampillai -  Emeritus Professor of Geography, both of the University of Jaffna also attended the event and participated in the discussion. The IESL Northern Provincial Centre which facilitated the handing over event  was represented by its Chairman, Eng. N Suthakaran  and Secretary, Eng. T. Barathithasan and participated in the discussions. They are among those largely involved with the university  in the setting up of the new Engineering Faculty.


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