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PROF. PEIRIS FE­LIC­I­TATED BY ALUMNI AS­SO­CI­A­TION

- Education · College · Higher Education · University of Colombo · Chinese Ministry of Education · G. L. Peiris

The Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion of the Univer­sity of Colombo fe­lic­i­tated their for­mer Vice Chan­cel­lor and an il­lus­tri­ous alum­nus Prof. G. L. Peiris, the newly ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Education re­cently at a func­tion held at the Se­nate Hall of the Univer­sity of Colombo. The event was at­tended by Vice Chan­cel­lors, Deans, Aca­demics and Alum­nus.

Ra­jeev Amara­suriya, the Pres­i­dent of the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, in his Wel­come Ad­dress said, “As an ad­mired aca­demic and univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tor, we can con­fi­dently say that there is no bet­ter per­son to be given the port­fo­lio of the Min­is­ter of Education. And dur­ing your term of of­fice we look for­ward to many rev­o­lu­tion­ary changes in our education sys­tem, which has much room for im­prove­ment.”.

He also men­tioned the sup­port ex­tended by Prof. Peiris to the As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing the Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Colombo, Senior Prof. Chan­drika Wi­je­yaratne con­grat­u­lated Prof. Peiris on his ap­point­ment and wished him all the best. She re­it­er­ated that the Univer­sity of Colombo has been ranked No 1 among all uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try as a re­sult of strate­gic plan­ning tar­geted at sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, ex­ten­sive re­search and de­vel­op­ment work that was car­ried out by the Univer­sity with em­pha­sis on value ad­di­tion, host­ing the Auay­outh Fo­rum in 2019, par­tic­i­pat­ing in In­ter­na­tional we­bi­nars, and be­com­ing the best per­form­ing univer­sity af­ter the COVID-19 shut down.

Thi­lak Karunaratn­e, for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, traced the mile­stones of Prof. Peiris’ out­stand­ing education and aca­demic achieve­ments and his po­lit­i­cal jour­ney.

Prof G L Peiris said that he was very happy to be back at the Univer­sity of Colombo which

is very fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory to him; hav­ing been in the Univer­sity of Colombo for 26 years in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties, and end­ing up as its Vice Chan­cel­lor.

Prof. G.L. Peiris said that each of the 13 uni­ver­si­ties had to fo­cus on a unique and a dif­fer­ent way to be iden­ti­fied for its strengths and ca­pac­i­ties. The Min­is­ter said that un­der­grad­u­ates need to be taught In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy be­fore they grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity and also made com­pe­tent to work in English if they are to ob­tain gain­ful em­ploy­ment.

Prof. G L Peris in his ad­dress re­ferred to the con­tri­bu­tion made by Past Pres­i­dent of the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion the late Mrs. Su­jata Jayawar­dena by build­ing a Hos­tel to ac­com­mo­date Women Un­der­grad­u­ates at Buller’s Lane since at that time the Univer­sity had rented 32 in­di­vid­ual houses to ac­com­mo­date these stu­dents.

The event con­cluded with the vote of thanks de­liv­ered by the Vice Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion Su­ran­jani Wick­ra­ma­ratne.

 ??  ?? Prof. G L Peris (Left) is hon­oured with a to­ken pre­sen­ta­tion at a fe­lic­i­ta­tion cer­e­mony of the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion of the Univer­sity of Colombo and held at the Se­nate Hall of the Univer­sity of Colombo
Prof. G L Peris (Left) is hon­oured with a to­ken pre­sen­ta­tion at a fe­lic­i­ta­tion cer­e­mony of the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion of the Univer­sity of Colombo and held at the Se­nate Hall of the Univer­sity of Colombo

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