The Industry Consultative Committee Meeting for syllabus review of the BET in Electrotechnology Programme
The Industry Consultative Committee Meeting for syllabus review of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electrotechnology degree programme organized by the department of Engineering Technology was held at the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka on 17th of February 2017. It is an attempt of utilization of external resources of knowledge and expertise to the modern university system for the professional development of the students. Dr. (Mrs.) J.M.J.W. Jayasinghe delivered the welcome speech introducing the external invitees to the audience. The Dean of faculty of Applied Sciences, Prof. E.M.P. Ekanayake who was also The Advisor of the committee delivered the speech on the rationale for the BET in Electrotechnology degree programme. Mr.M.R.H.E. Bandara, Lecturer and the Coordinator of the workshop delivered the introduction to the proposed curriculum.
The participants from both academia and corporate shared their opinions and suggestions to improve the relevance of the study programme in the guided interactive discussion on the proposed syllabus with the coordination of the Industry Consultative Committee members of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Dean-Prof. E.M.P. Ekanayake
Department of Engineering Technology
Dr. (Mrs.) J.M.J.W. Jayasinghe-Head/Department of Engineering Technology
Dr. I.P.M.Wickramasinghe-Senior Lecturer/Department of Engineering Technology
Mr. M.R.H.E. Bandara- Lecturer/Department of Engineering Technology
Department of Computing & Information Systems
Dr. V.G. T.N Vidanagama-Senior Lecturer
Department of Electronics
Dr. W.A.S. Wijesinghe-Senior Lecturer
Department of Industrial Management
Mr. D.M. Jayasena-Senior Lecturer
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Mrs. W.J.M.L.P. Jayasinghe -Lecturer
The External Participants
Mr. H.M.K.J. Weerasooriya-Chief Electrical Engineer, Ceylon Electricity Board
Mr. R.M. Amadoru-Area Electrical Engineer, Ceylon Electricity Board
Mr. A.H.G.R. Fernando- Chief Engineer (Commercial), Ceylon Electricity Board
Mr. M. Z. Saleem -General Manager, Sri Lanka Telecom
Mr. G. Yatanwala-Director, Deputy General Manager, Central Bearings & Machinery (Pvt.) Ltd.
Ms. D.K. Herath -PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne
Starting Constructons of Engineering Technology Building Complex
The foundation stones for the Engineering Technology building complex of the proposed Faculty of Technology were laid at a special ceremony presided over by the Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Deshabandhu Prof. Tuley De Silva, on the 9th of February, 2017. The Engineering Technology building complex will comprise of lecture halls, laboratories, workshops, staff rooms, and other facilities. The construction work of this building is expected to be completed in 2018. Two new student hostel facilities will also be constructed simultaneously.
Guest Lectures on Promoting University Research and Projects to Develop Local Industries
The Department of Engineering Technology organized a guest-lecture event where Dr Gamika Prathapasinghe from Department of Livestock and Avian Science, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, and Dr Chaminda Karunasena from Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, delivered two invited lectures on the 24th of January, 2017 at the Main Auditorium of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya.
Dr Prathapasinghe, an award-winning inventor, encouraged the students to take their learning to a new level though innovation and commercialization. Dr Karunasena illustrated how university academics could engage in development needs of the local industries through his recent successful encounters with various industries and organizations.
Inauguration Ceremony of Technology Programs
The inaugural ceremony for Engineering Technology and Biosystems Technology degree programs of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka was held on the 03rd of January 2017. The Vice-Chancellor, the Deans of the respective Faculties and Heads of the Departments graced the occasion. An interactive session with the parents to make aware of the University and its programs followed the ceremony. The Faculty of Applied Sciences has established two new departments of studies –namely the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Nano Science Technology – to conduct the Engineering Technology degree programs. These degree programs will function under the Faculty of Technology once it is established. All the technology degree programs will be of four-year duration including projects and in-plant training components.
Awareness Program for Fresh Engineering Technology Students
The Faculty of Applied Sciences held an awareness program for the fresh students of Engineering Technology stream on 19th December 2016 at the main auditorium. The Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University and the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences graced the occasion. The academic staff members of the Faculty of Applied Sciences were present. The fresh students along with their parents participated to the program.
Since University Grant Commission sends a common list of students for two degree programs of Engineering Technology, the students required to pick one study stream out of the Engineering Technology stream and the Nano Science Technology stream at the beginning. The Heads of Engineering Technology and Nano science Technology Departments presented the program pathways. This year, 79 students preferred to enter the Engineering Technology stream while 82 students selected the Nano Science Technology stream. All the students were granted their preference this year. The students who picked the Engineering Technology stream will further select their preferred specialization out of the Construction Technology, Electrotechnology, and Mechanical and Manufacturing Technology at the end of Level 1.
The First Industry Consultative Workshop of the Department of Engineering Technology
The first Industrial Consultative Workshop for Syllabus Review of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree programmes organized by the Department of Engineering Technology was held on the 23rd of September 2016 at the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. The aim of the Workshop was to receive feedback from the engineering practitioners and managers of the industry in order to improve the proposed syllabus of the degree programmes. A group of senior engineers and engineering managers from various engineering disciplines participated to the day-long workshop.
The event started with Dr. (Mrs.) J.M.J.W. Jayasinghe delivering the welcome speech and introducing the external invitees to the audience for which all the academic staff members and student representatives of the Faculty of Applied Sciences were invited. Following the Vice Chancellor’s address, the Dean of Faculty of Applied Sciences, Prof. E.M.P. Ekanayake, delivered a speech on the rationale of the Engineering Technology degree programmes. Dr. I.P.M. Wickramasinghe, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Engineering Technology presented the Introduction to the Proposed Curriculum of the degree programmes and made necessary explanations on the inception of Engineering Technology stream in higher education and the intended eventual graduate profile of the programmes. Then there were two Guided Interactive Sessions to receive feedbacks on the proposed curriculum contents, industrial training, soft skills, and employability.