Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management Welcomes New Entrants
Inaugural Ceremony for the New Entrants – 2015/2016 to the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management was held on 4th January 2017 with the participation of Professor S.J.B.A. Jayasekara, the Vice-Chancellor of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Dr. D.C. Abeysinghe, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Dr. M.S.W. Silva, Dean of Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Mr. G. Piyarathna, Registrar of the University, Prof. C.V.L. Jayasinghe, Proctor of the University, Heads of Departments, academic and non-academic staff members and students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management. Parents of the new students joined in the ceremony and participated for a discussion with the Dean and academic staff members. The event was successfully organized by the Induction Programme Committee for 2015/20156 headed by Dr. DR Gimhani with the support of academic and non-academic staff members and senior students of the Faculty. The induction programme for the new entrants will be continued for 7 weeks to familiarize new students to the University environment.
FAPM Elects a New Dean
|Dr. D.C. Abeysinghe was unanimously elected as the new Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management with effect from 26th August 2016. Dr. Abeysinghe is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Plantation Management and one of the pioneer academic members of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Academic members of the FAPM held a Dinner to honour the service of outgoing Dean Prof. D.P.S.T.G. Attanayake, during his tenure from 2007 to 2016.|
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management holds 15th Agricultural Research Symposium (AGRES)
Fifteenth Agricultural Research Symposium (AGRES) of the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka was held on 28th and 29th June 2016 at the Makandura premises. Research findings of 112 undergraduate research projects were presented and consequently published as full papers in the symposium proceedings. Vice Chancellor, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, distinguished scientists from other universities and research institutes, academic staff, non-academic staff and students of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka participated at this occasion. Dr. Ananda Mallawthanthri, Country Representative (Sri Lanka), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) delivered the key note address during the inaugural session.
The Agriculture Research Symposium (AGRES) was initiated in 2001 with the objective of promoting agricultural research and providing opportunity for undergraduates to present their findings to a wider audience consisting of scientists from other governmental and non-governmental institutions. Now in its 15th year, AGRES has advanced from a mere undergraduate research symposium to a more outstanding scientific forum in the country that enhances multidisciplinary research.
The technical sessions included research presentations on diverse topics in the fields of Agribusiness Management, Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, Biotechnology and Plantation Management. The duration of the research projects are between 4 – 6 months and some of them have been carried out in collaboration with several governmental and non-governmental institutes. The presentations were subjected to evaluation by expert panels of specialists and the best research presentations in each of the four disciplines were presented with awards at the closing ceremony.
Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA) – a legendary professional association based in the United Kingdom promoting innovation and good practice in higher education which is reputed as the shaper of thought and initiator of action in staff and educational development in the international domain – has offered a ‘Senior Fellowship’, renowned as SFSEDA (UK), to Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. It is the first time in the history of SEDA (UK) a Senior Fellowship has been conferred to a staff and educational developer in Sri Lanka, which is the highest qualification that it offers that takes into account of continuous professional development (CPD) and reflective practice of an academic developer in the areas of teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum and institutional development, leadership and management, research, training and development etc. SEDA's professional development framework provides recognition for higher education institutions worldwide, accreditation for their professional development programs and recognition for the individuals who achieve and share a common set of values and core development outcomes and its own set of specialist outcomes.
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Dr(Mrs)K.Vivehananthan presents a Country Strategy Paper
The Regional Dialogue on Science and Technology Policy in the Context of Biotechnology towards Sustainable Development organized by Regional Centre for Biotechnology, India jointly with UNESCO was held on 29th and 30th December 2015. Dr.K.Vivehananthan, Head of the Department of Biotechnology has delivered the Country Strategy Paper on “Sustainable Development and Biotechnology in Sri Lanka”.
Dr (Mrs) K Vivehananthan delivers Keynote Address at ICFSN 2015
Dr (Mrs) K. Vivehananthan, Head of the Department of Biotechnology, has delivered the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition-ICFSN 2015, organized by Serendivus International (Pvt) Limited, Sri Lanka held on the 24th and 25th of July 2015. The title of her presentation was “Innovative Molecular and Nano Approaches in Agriculture: Detection, Control and Application of Microorganisms”.
Best Presentation Award
Dr. (Mrs). K.Vivehananthan, Head, Department of Biotechnologywasawarded as the Best Presenter for research presentation titled "Nanotechnology: An Emerging Trend in Wastewater Treatment" under the theme of Wastewater Management and Hygiene in the forum of National Water Supply and Drainage Board for World Water Day, held at BMICH, Colombo on 18th March, 2015.
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management- State of the Art Tissue Culture Laboratory from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management developed a fully equipped tissue culture laboratory through the research project titled ‘Enhancement of cassava through inbreeding’ funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA. The funds were channeled through the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka is one of the collaborators of this project together with four other institutes namely International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria, National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Uganda and Icesi University, Colombia. Dr. P.I.P. Perera, Senior Lecturer, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening acts as the coordinator of the project at the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. While achieving the goal of this project, it provides a great opportunity for capacity building by employing the undergraduate and postgraduate students for the research activities on plant tissue culture aspects.
FAPM adds a new Department and offers a new Degree programme
A new department has been established in the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management (FAPM) under the name of Department of Biosystems Engineering. The new department in collaboration with the other four existing departments of FAPM will offer a new degree programme in Bachelor of Biosystems Technology (BBST) starting from the intake of 2015/2016 batch of students. The four year programme is oriented for Technology stream A/L students and aims at supporting the development of human resources needed for increasing numbers of middle and upper level technical and technology management positions in the country preventing unemployment and underemployment among the graduates to contribute to the national development.
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management Welcomes New Entrants
Inaugural Ceremony for the New Entrants – 2014/2015 to the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management was held on 18th January 2016 with the participation of Professor S.J.B.A. Jayasekara, the Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Prof. D.P.S.T.G Attanayaka, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Mr. G. Priyantha, Registrar of the University, Ms. W.M. Thusithakumari, Acting Librarian of the University, academic and non-academic staff members and students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management. Parents of the new students joined in the ceremony and later discussed with the Dean and academic staff members. The event was successfully organized by the Induction Programme Committee for 2014/2015 headed by Dr. Wajira Balasooriya with the support of academic and non-academic staff members and senior students of the Faculty. The induction programme for the new entrants will be continued for 7 weeks to familiarize new students to the University environment.
Wayamba signs 24 MOUs with Private & Public Sector Organizations
The B. Sc. (Agriculture) study program of the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management was revised recently under the Quality and Innovation Grant (QIG) of the Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century (HETC) project funded by the World Bank. Among many, one of the innovative features incorporated into the revised study program is the enhancement of the University Industry Link through the establishment of a University Network of Industry and Community (UNIC). This strategy is aimed at producing high quality ready to work graduates
Two workshops were held with the participation of the officials and representatives of both Private and Public sector organizations to develop a Framework and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at implementing the activities identified under the newly introduced UNIC. Twenty four (24) Private and Public sector organizations have already consented to enter into this MOU with the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.
17th of November 2015, was another historical day for the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. On this day CEOs, Directors and their representatives were present at “Tamarind Tree Hotel”, Andiambalama sign this mutually developed MOU with Prof. S. J. B. A. Jayasekera, the Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.
Workshop on Gene/QTL mapping in Plants
A two day national workshop on Gene/QTL mapping in Plants was held on 8th -9th September 2015 at the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Organizers mentioned that the objective of the workshop was to transfer the new knowledge on gene mapping to the plant breeders in Sri Lanka. Gene mapping based approach is one of the promising ways to find out genes for many important traits such as quantity and quality of yield and tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. Thus, the exposure received at the workshop will capacitate the participants to fish out favorable genes from the divergent germplasm in Sri Lanka for breeding of improved crop varieties.
There were 22 participants representing different Universities and research institutes of the country, including plant breeders, postgraduate students and plant scientists. The participants expressed gratitude for organizing the workshop and especially for the hands-on experience with Linkage and QTL/gene mapping soft-wares during the workshop.
14th Agriculture research symposium
14th Agriculture research symposium (AGRES) of faculty of Agriculture and plantation management will be held on 25th & 26th of June 2015 at university Makandura premises
Best Presentation Award
Thepaper titled “Synthesis and Evaluation of Antimicrobial Property of Bionanoparticles presented by Dr. K. Vivehananthan at the International Conference“Global Issues in Multidisciplinary Academic Research (GIMAR-2015) has won the award for Best Presentation. The Conference was held at Hotel Grand Flora Dubai, UAE, January 05 - 06, 2015.
Sri Lanka’s Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (2014)
Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige has been appointed by the Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy of Sri Lanka to compile the Part II of Sri Lanka’s Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (2014)’ on: “The national Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan: It’s Implementation and the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity”.
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management welcomed the new entrants selected to the faculty by the UGC on 25th November 2014. Inaugural session was held with the participation of the Vice Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Dean of the Faculty, Heads of the Departments, Registrar, Academic members, staff and students of the faculty. Dr. Banadara Gajanayake coordinates the induction programme to introduce the new students with the faculty environment and the study programme.
Professor D.P.S.T.G. Attanayake, the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management has become the first Sri Lankan to clinch the highly prestigious GRC Wickham Award in the category of Technology Innovation in the Global Natural Rubber Industry. He received the only award in this category from nominations received from all countries engaged in Research and Development in both upstream and downstream activities of the natural rubber industry. The selection process had involved a rigorous selection process by a leading panel of global experts.
Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige
Prof. Udith Jayasinghe-Mudalige has been awarded the ‘Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Award’ by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Institute of International Education’s Council for International Council for Exchange of Scholars (CIES). He serves as a Fulbright Visiting Professor to University of Massachusetts from 01 August 2014 to 31 January 2015.
Prof. Udith Jayasinghe-Mudalige has been awarded the “NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publication 2010” by the National Research Council of Sri Lanka on 31st October 2014 in recognition of his contribution to literature based on the research on ‘Assessing Household Food Security in Sri Lanka’ funded by the Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CARP) in Sri Lanka.
This one day workshop, organized by the Department of Plantation Management was offered to first year and second year undergraduates of Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management. Workshop aimed to deliver both theoretical and practical aspects of GIS and its applications in agriculture and environmental sciences. Workshop was held on 13th of December 2014 with the participation of 28 undergraduates attached to FAPM. All those who successfully completed the course received a Certificate of Participation. This workshop was organized by Dr. Senani Karunaratne under the guidance of Head/ Department of Plantation Management and Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management.