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Sri Jayewardenepura University to organize ‘Invention and Innovation Exhibition - 2019’ at BMICH

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura commemorating its 60th Anniversary, is to organize the Invention and Innovation Exhibition – 2019 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). The event is scheduled to be held on April 2, 3 and 4.

Initiated in 1873 as the Vidyodaya Pirivena, the university changed its name into Sri Jayewardenepura in 1958. Throughout the years, the University has produced many scholars to the nation. Along the lines of the four year strategic plan of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the Innovation, Invention and Venture Creation Council (IIVCC) was formed. The IIVCC’s mission was to promote innovations, inventions and venture creations in collaboration with the industry, both the public and private sectors and encourage Academia and Students to promote evolutionary ideas.

The IIVCC comprises seven faculties namely: Humanities and Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, Management Studies and Commerce, Medical Sciences, Graduate Studies, Technology and Engineering and the IIVCC brings these together to benefit the society. “We have good research laboratories incorporated within the University, suitable to International standards. The Government provided us immense support for all these.” Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sampath Amaratunge said recently.

“The IIVCC is the first ever council established in the University’s history and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura is proud to be the pioneer in leading it,” said Co – Chairperson, IIVCC, Shirantha Heenkenda. He further elaborated that they had requested the Academic staff of the University, either individually or along with the students to submit proposals regarding innovative ideas. To their utmost pleasure, there were 100+ proposals submitted. Out of which, nearly 60 were selected to carry out relevant researches along with the required financial facilities by the University. Currently, they are being subjected to preparations for the exhibition.

Among these researches, there are a few who were able to gain International recognition. Bawantha Gamage of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, won the Best Surgical Team for the year 2018 award at the BMJ Awards South Asia 2018. He received the award for his commitment and dedication in implementing the modified Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (mERAS). The BMJ South Asia 2018, recognizes excellence in health care by facilitating individuals and teams that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to practice of Medicine and Surgery in the South Asia region. In 2018, more than 1,500 nominations were received from nine countries and 435 semi finalists were shortlisted before selecting the finalists. This was the first occasion that a Sri Lankan team had won the award.

Virgin Fernando of the Department of Business Economics, Madusha de Silva of the Department of Finance and Umendra Abeynayeke of the Department of Commerce, undergraduates of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, won the RB Global Challenge 2018 award held in the United Kingdom.

The RB Global Challenge is a global competition held by Reckitt Benckiser, where young students throughout the world, presents their own self sustaining projects with the purpose of creating a greater social impact, while addressing the prevailing issues in their respective countries. This was the first time ever that a Sri Lankan team participated in this competition.

Dulan Dias of the Department of Computer Science was able to win the Gold Medal for the Tertiary category at the APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) 2018 event held in China. He also won the Silver and Bronze Awards for the Tertiary Student Project category at the National Best Quality ICT Awards 2018 held in Colombo.


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