The Faculty of Science of the University of Kelaniya, established in 1967, proudly celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. While gaining the national and international reputation, it has emerged as a center of excellence in teaching and research in the state university system. The University of Kelaniya was one of the first universities to begin teaching science in Sinhala. At present, the Faculty of Science consists of eight departments, namely the Department of Botany, Chemistry, Industrial Management, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics & Computer Science and Zoology & Environmental Management. The Faculty of Science offers Diplomas, BSc degree programmes, MSc degree programmes, MPhil and PhD programmes. In this journey of success, this year is a milestone, which should be celebrated. Therefore, the undergraduates, members of the staff and the distinguished alumni of the Faculty of Science have planned some activities to commemorate the 50 years of service. The main event of the series of such activities is the ‘Vidya 2017’ exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the premises of the Faculty of Science from 2nd – 7th of October 2017 under the theme of ‘Big Bang to Artificial Intelligence’ to coincide with its golden jubilee celebrations.
The inauguration ceremony of the VIDYA-2017 was successfully held on the 2nd of October 2017 at Sri Dharmaloka Convocation Hall of the University of Kelaniya, under the auspices of Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice-Chancellor and Mr. H.M.P.C. Herath, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. The Faculty of Science of the University of Kelaniya takes immense pleasure in presenting VIDYA-2017 the ultimate educational exhibition in Sri Lanka for scientific knowledge and it is intended on enhancing the leadership, innovation and creativity among undergraduates and uplifting the interest among Sri Lankans on science.
VIDYA-2017 creates a good platform to build a lasting relationship among stakeholders- industry, business sector, schoolchildren (especially the secondary level) and public. Furthermore, VIDYA-2017 intends to function as a stage for the undergraduates to display their industry – oriented and science – oriented innovations. “Digital Dreams 2017, HacKLN 2017, Mathematics in Nature 2017, Atrix Explosion 2017, Extreme Fusion 2017, Astor Night Camp 2017, and ESL-2017” are some of the examples for the industry – oriented and science – oriented innovations of the undergraduates.
Present at this occasion were Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. B.M. Jayawardena, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Cadre Chair & Senior Prof. N.P. Sunil Chandra, the Chairman of the Research Council, Prof. Ariyarathna Jayamaha ,the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Senior Prof. Nilanthi de Silva, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. W.V.A.D. Karunarathne, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Prof A.H.M.H. Abayarathne, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Ven. Dr. Dodamkumbure Dhammadassi Thero, the Chief Student Counsellor, W.M. Karunaratne, the Registrar, including the former Deans of the Faculty of Science, the academic staff members of the Faculty of Science, non-academic staff members and many undergraduates.