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Ceremonial Inauguration of 110th Annual Sessions of IESL

The 110th Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka was ceremonially inaugurated on Friday, 14th October 2016, at the Main Hall, BMICH in the presence of a large gathering of over a thousand participants.
Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development was the Special Guest.
Mr. KhooTeng. Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore was the Guest of Honour. Foreign delegates from sister organizations in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal also participated in the event.
The highlight of the inauguration of annual sessions held in October of each year is the handing over of the mantle of presidency to the incoming president by the outgoing president after a reign of a one year period as president from October of the previous year.
Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, was inducted this year as IESL President of IESL for 2016 / 2017 sessions.
Presently the Deputy General Manager in charge of the Colombo City of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Eng. Meegoda is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and an International Professional Engineer. He is also a member of Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, USA.
Eng. Meegoda concurrently holds the presidency of the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA) having been unanimously elected to that post at the last General Assembly of the FEISCA held in February 2016 at Kathmandu, Nepal.
In his inaugural presidential address at the event he laid out his plans for rapidly advancing on the IESL’s stated mission towards achieving its vision.
Speaking at the event the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while appreciating the role played by engineers also laid out the country’s wider expectations of its engineers towards its sustainable development. He mentioned the country’s choice of a knowledge based economy and the need to widen the scope for teaching technology so that students of the arts stream too would have the choice of selecting science/ mathematics as a subject.
He expressed his support for a single body to regulate the practice of the engineering profession through the Engineering Council Bill currently with parliament and said that he wants the engineers produced by the country to be second class to none. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development

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