The Launch of the Felicitation Volume in Honour of late Emeritus Professor (Retired Senior & Chair Professor) W.S. Karunathilaka was successfully held on the 28th of September 2017 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Kelaniya under the patronage of the most Venerable Welamitiyawe Dharmakirthi Sri Kusala Dhamma Thero, the Chief Prelate of the Colombo and Chilaw regions and the Chancellor of University. This felicitation volume was published by Maradana S. Godage & Brothers Pvt. Ltd.
This event was graced by the Venerable Maha Sangha led by Most Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera, Mahanayaka of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Mahasangha Sabha of Siyam Nikaya, Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Ven. Dr. Dodamkumbure Dhammadassi Thero, the Chief Student Counsellor, Mr. L.A. Jayatissa, the Librarian, the Department Heads of the Faculty of Humanities and the academic staff members, Dr. Kalyani Karunathilaka – beloved wife of late Emeritus Professor W.S. Karunathilaka, Deshabandu S. Godage of Maradana S. Godage & Brothers Pvt. Ltd including other distinguished guests and many undergraduates.
The Felicitation volume of late Emeritus Professor (Retired Senior & Chair Professor) W.S. Karunathilaka who was a distinguished teacher, mature educationist, phonetician, and erudite scholar, was edited by a board of editors including Emeritus Senior Prof. R.M. Rajapakshe, Prof. J.S. Wijesekara, Senior Lecturer Sudath Senerath, Senior Lecturer Kumudu Nayani Gamage and Lecturer Vindhya Weerawardhane.
The event was organized by the academic staff members including Emeritus Senior Prof. R.M. Rajapakshe, the students, friends and the relatives of late Emeritus Professor (Retired Senior & Chair Professor) W.S. Karunathilaka.
Concurrently, the late Emeritus Professor (Retired Senior & Chair Professor) W.S Karunathilaka Scholarship programme founded by the former Senior Lecturer Ven. Thapowanaye Suthadhara Thero of the Department of Linguistics was awarded to D.B. Pavani De Silva, an undergraduate of the University of Kelaniya bearing the student number HS/2013/0136 by Dr. Kalyani Karunathilaka, the beloved wife of the late Emeritus Professor W.S. Karunathilaka.