Emeritus Professor HPM Gunasena of Faculty of Agriculture has received the “Vidya Nidi” National Honors 2017 for his contributions to the National Development. The Faculty congratulates him for his achievements. The award ceremony was held on 20 th March 2017 at Nelum Pokuna.
Professor Ioan Vasile Abrudan, Rector and Prof. Daniel Munteanu, Vice Rector for students and Liaison with the Economic and Socio-Cultural Community visited the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya on 17th March 2017 to develop program on student and staff exchange related to forestry and forestry education. Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean of the Faculty, Prof. SP Nissanka, Prof. T Sivananthawerl and Dr. Gamini Hitinayake also participated the discussion. As a first step, the rector invited the Dean and three members to visit the Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania in July 2017, along with Vice Chancellor and Dean/Faculty of Engineering. The visit was arranged by Prof. Anoma Abhayarathne of the Faculty of Arts.
The Intensive Course in English conducted by the English Language Teaching Unit, Faculty of Agriculture commenced on 18/01/2017 and concluded on the 15/03/2017. The Intensive Course in English spanned across eight weeks where the students engaged in a vigorous English Language learning program from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. The students were made to engage in a multitude of activities which were meant to improve the students’ competency and skills pertaining to the academic and social use of English. A concert titled, “Elysium 2017” was organized to mark the successful completion of the Intensive Program. It was organized with the intension of providing the students with an open platform to showcase the skills they have acquired in relation to English and performing in English in front of an audience. Students from each class performed an item at the concert. Performance is an integral aspect of learning a language, and hence, the concert was organized to motivate the students to learn the English language and to assist them in getting rid of certain inhibitions related to learning and using English. “Elysium 2017” which was organized with such a philosophy in mind was successfully held on the 16/03/2017 with the participation of academic and ELTU staff.
Ecosperity YLD 2016 was held from 15th to 18th September, 2016 in Singapore with the participation of nearly 160 University students from Asia, America, Africa and Europe. Mr. Pubudu Ruwan Weerarathna, President of the Agriculture Faculty students’ represented the University and Sri Lanka at this event. The theme of Ecosperity-2016 was ‘Sustainable living, Sustainable lives’ which was organized with the aim of providing a better platform for youth to explore novel technological innovations that lead to improve the quality of life. The main themes discussed and debated were ‘New era of health care’ , ‘Data driven Lifestyles’ and ‘Sustainable and equitable Urban Outcomes’.
Reli Bimen Sama Bimata School Seminar Programme - 2016 organized by the Agriculture Faculty Students' Union, was successfully held on 1st and 2nd of October 2016 at the Kawdulla Maha Vidyalaya, Polonnaruwa. It was held as a two day programme. Nearly ninety G.C.E [O/L] students of that college took part in the event.
Sixteenth International Student Summit (16th ISS) was held on September 29-30, 2016 at the Setagaya Campus of Tokyo NODAI, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan. Over 160 students from more than 32 Universities including Michigan State University, Cornell University, the University of British Colombia, Wageningen University, University of Reading, the University of Western Australia, National Agrarian University of La Molina, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Kasetsart University, China Agriculture University, University of Putra, Malaysia participateed in the summit under the theme of “Students Promoting Environmental Justice in the Globalization of Intensive Agricultural Systems”, which was adopted at the 15th ISS. Two third year students [(Ms. IDKSD Ariyawanse (AG/12/011) and Ms. MHR Abehayrathne (AG/12/002)] from members of International Student Forum of the Faculty attended the event in the sub-theme of “Universities with Students’ Actions in the Field of Agriculture” and made a brilliant presentation on project carried out by them which was appreciated by all advisors came from all universities. The 17th ISS will be held in the National Chung, Hsing University, Taiwan. Ms. IDKSD Ariyawanshe was fully sponsored by the Tokyo University of Agriculture whereas Ms. MHR Abehayrathne was jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Agriculture and Tokyo University of Agriculture.
Laying of the foundation stone for a Lecture Hall/Common Room/Auditorium Complex of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya was held on 2 September 2016 at the auspicious time of 8.36 am by Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. R.L. Wijeyeweera, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. This is the beginning of the implementation of the Phase II of the Master Plan of the Faculty. Phase II in addition to the construction of Lecture Hall/Common Room/Auditorium Complex includes extensions to Departments of Crop Science and Agricultural Economics and Business Management as well. The Phase III of the Master Plan will look after the landscaping of the Faculty once Phase II is completed. The progress of implementation of the Master Plan of the Faculty is regularly monitored by the Master Plan Committee chaired by Prof. K. Samarasinghe. Head of Departments and members of academic and non academic staff of the Faculty attended the event.
Seven selected media personnel from SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) visited the Faculty of Agriculture from 12-15 July 2016 to witness the success of the multi-country research project on “Vulnerability of Home Garden Systems to Climate Change and its Impacts on Food Security in South Asia“.This research was proposed by Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Department of Meteorology in Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh and India as partner countries and held from 2009-2012. This project has been selected as one of the best-20 projects funded through Asia Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research, during the 20 year celebrations of the APN.
The finances for the research were provided by National Science Foundation of the USA through APN, and channeled through the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU). The media visit was sponsored by the APN where finances were also channeled through AEU.
This was the first time in APN’s 20-year history that such a media visit was arranged, which was concluded successfully. All media personnel are expected to write articles or produce programs on the visit in their respective countries from August onwards. The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya graced the event and delivered a special lecture on University of Peradeniya. The Dean, Faculty of Agriculture made a special presentation on the Faculty of Agriculture. Professor Buddhi Marambe was the Principal Investigator of the project, with Professors Jeevika Weerahewa, Gamini Pushpakumara and Pradeepa Silva as Co-investigators from the Faculty.
The Deputy Vice chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, resource persons and SAARC media personnel who attended the meetings
SAARC media group interacting with the community at a home gardening in Pethiyagoda.
SAARC media personnel inspecting a bee colony at a homegarden in Pethiyagoda
The resource persons explaining about the composition of homegardens at Pethiyagoda to the SAARC media personnel
Professor BuddhiMarambe, the principle Investigator of the Home garden Project, presenting the overview of project activities to the SAARC media personnel
Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture addressing the SAARC media personnel
Professor Lakshman Wijayaweera, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya greeting the SAARC media group
The SAARC media group at the Animal Biotechnology Laboratory of the Department of Animal Science with Dr. Suranga Kodituwakku
Mr. Lalith Chandrapala, the Director General of Meteorology addressing the SAARC media group on the objectives of APN
Dr. Rohan Wijekoon, the Director General of Agriculture addressing the SAARC media group on National Food Security Policies and Homegardens
Mr. Chandrasiri de Silva, the Provincial Director of Agriculture in the Central Province addressing the SAARC media personnel on Provincial Policies on Food Security and Homegardens
Mr.Nalaka Gunawardena a leading journalist from Sri Lanka conducting the mentoring program for the SAARC media personnel
Final discussion among the SAARC media personnel and the resource persons
Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, the Dean of the Faculty of agriculture handing over the certificate of participation to a SAARC journalist
A two member delegation (Dr. Jayne Curnow and Dr. Julian de Meyer) from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) visited the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya on 21st July 2016 for a scooping study for potential collaboration. This scooping study has been initiated by the HE High Commissioner in Australia. They are exploring opportunities for ACIAR involvement in agricultural research and project monitoring through Australian Aid Program. It is understand that the HE High Commissioner requested from the team to visit the Faculty of Agriculture due to the Faculty reputation in research and education in agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. The research disciplines they interested are agribusiness, agricultural development policy, agricultural system management, animal health, crop improvement and management, cropping systems and economics, horticulture, land and water resources, soil and nutrition management, livestock production systems, fisheries, forestry.
After initial discussion with the Dean, Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara, the delegation met Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Laxman Wijeyeweera at Vice Chancellor’s office. The Acting Vice Chancellor reported that University is at a rapid expansion pace in terms of its international collaboration. He stated that he wish to give fullest cooperation for development of partnerships with Australian Universities and Institutes. He also stated that at present University has established collaborative programs with Queensland University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong.
At 10.00 am, the delegation met the staff of the Faculty at the Board Room including all Heads of Departments, Directors of Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Agribusiness Centre and Agriculture Education Unit. After welcoming the delegation, Dean gave a presentation on the Faculty explaining its capacity in human resources in terms of teaching and research, capacity of laboratories, opportunities for field levels practical in all agro climatic regions and outreached arms of the faculty in terms of Agricultural Biotechnology Center, Agribusiness Centre and Agriculture Education Unit. Thereafter, discussion was moderated by the Dean. At the end, delegates thanked all the members for active discussions and fruitful contributions for scooping study. The delegates also expressed their pleasure of visiting the Faculty and the University. They stated that decisions will be communicated to the Dean. Finally, the Dean also thanked the Acting Vice Chancellor, delegation and all members of the Faculty for support extended to conduct the scooping study.
The University of Peradeniya with the generous support given by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Child Development and the National Committee for Women, conducted the inauguration of the Certificate Course in Empowering Women in Politics – 2016/17, at the gender Education and Women’s Initiative Unit, Department of Agriculture Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, on the 9th July, 2016. Prof. Upul Dissanayake , the Vice-Chancellor, Ms. Swarna Sumanasekara, the Chairperson, National Committee on Women, Ms. Anula Indrani, the executive Director, Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, the Director, Post Graduate Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences, Dr. Wijaya Jayathilake, the Head, Department of Agriculture Extension and coordinator of the gender Education and Women’s Initiative Unit, and Prof. Kamala Liyanage, Senior Professor in Political Science, who has taken the initiative to offer this program attended the inaugural session. There were around 120 participants, including students and academic staff members of the University. Dr. Jayathilake welcomed the participants and Prof. Liyanage explained the objective of the certificate course. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Upul B. Dissanayake, Prof. Pushpakumara and Ms. Sumanasekara also addressed the gathering. The courses such as concept of gender, feminist explanation in politics, women’s rights and women and Law, women leadership building and empowerment, the constitution and government of Sri Lanka and Democracy and governance will be offered under this course from the 16th July 2016 to 7th January 2017, at the Department of Agriculture Extension. Moreover the participants of the programme will have to work in a relevant political office as an intern to gain some exposure. This course is coordinated by Prof. Kamala Liyanage, Dr. Wijaya jayathilake and Ms. Shobana Rajendran.
The fertilizer subsidy is of a major concern in policy circles mainly due to high public budgetary allocation, logistical inefficiencies, environmental externalities and economic inefficiencies. Therefore, it is vital to rationalize the government expenditure and improve the efficiency of distribution and use fertilizer, to optimize the expected social and economic benefits. In this context, the Agribusiness Centre of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya organized a series of multi-stakeholder workshops with the aim of developing a scientific evidence based proposal in reforming the existing policy and institutional framework.
The first workshop was held with the farmers and grass root level government officers on 16th June 2015 at the Wayamba Training Centre, Wariyapola. The ground level officers representing Department of Agriculture and Department of Agrarian Development who are involved in advisory and distribution of fertilizer, and the representatives from farmer organizations and NGOs participated. The strengths and limitations of the previous price subsidy program and the revised cash transfer scheme were discussed in detail by these groups.
The second workshop was held with the objective of comparatively assess the lessons learned through the existing fertilizer subsidy schemes in the region with the consultation of the regional sector experts representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In addition to the regional delegates and experts, a number of invited panelists were also attended the workshop. The activity was organized with a collaboration of the International Food Policy Research Institute – South Asia. This was held during 26-27 July, 2016 at the Royal Kandyan Hotel, Kandy.
The delegates attended from the region shared the experiences with respect to the fertilizer subsidy policies and practices in their countries. This provided participants a comprehension on commonalities and new insights on various approaches. This was followed up a panel discussion led by the technical scientists representing the Universities, Department of Agriculture and private companies. The findings of the studies done in this respects were also presented by respective researchers including the findings of the previous workshop. Finally a group discussion was held to identify alternative solutions. It is expected to develop a policy brief to be presented to the government, based on the outcome of the workshop.
Miss Thilini Dissanayake, a third year student of the Faculty of Agriculture of University of Peradeniya has participated in the 2nd Asia University 3 X 3 Basketball Championship which was held from 18th to 24th July 2016 in Macao, China representing the National University Basketball Women's Team of the country. Twenty two teams from among 12 countries and regions spreading over the Asia took part in the tournament.
Mr. Asanka Wijesekara, one of the final year students of the Faculty of Agriculture represented Sri Lanka at the Asia-Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW) which was held from 4th to 7th July 2016 at the Daegu Gyeong-buk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, Republic of Korea. Seventy eight delegates representing 24 countries took part in the APYPW and Mr. Asanka was one of the two students participated from Sri Lanka.
The APYPW provides a platform for young leaders selected from across the Asia-Pacific countries to have in-depth discussions and to find solutions for water-related issues. The APYPW aims to raise awareness on water and environmental challenges by encouraging participants from the Asia-Pacific region. At the end of the session, the delegates prepared a declaration which encompasses raising public awareness and education on water-related issues through social media. It is basically geared toward developing young professionals to grow as potential leaders in the field of global water and environment.
Applications for intake under special provisions for the year 2015/2016 are entertained until July 18, 2016 for the following degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Agriculture;
The Study Abroad Program for the students of the Michigan State University was held successfully during 16 th May to 13 June 2016, for the fifth consecutive year. The program was offered through the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU) of the Faculty of Agriculture. Thirteen students from the James Madison College of the Michigan State University participated in the program along with four Sri Lankan students. The theme of the program was ‘Applied International Development: Practice and Policy in Sri Lanka’’. Dr J. Mohotti, Prof. B. Marambe and Prof. Pradeepa Silva coordinated the programme. The initial component of the programme was held in Colombo and the next at Peradeniya, followed by the final component at Talawakele with community-based learning activities. Many from the Faculty of Agriculture and other Faculties, other universities, private and state sector organizations served as resource persons of the programme.
The Faculty organized a Big Cleaning Day – 2016 on June 21, 2016 to clean up the Faculty premises with the aim of tidying up and getting rid of any potential mosquito breeding grounds. The academic and non academic staff and students of all batches except those who are at Mahailuppallama actively took part in the cleaning day activities. The Works Department of the University provided assistance for the cleaning activity by way of providing manpower, tools and vehicles.
A workshop on “GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as a Tool for Agricultural Research” was held on 05th of June 2016. The programme was organized by the Soil Science Society Faculty of Agriculture which was funded by the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka. Prof. Emeritus R. B. Mapa and Dr. Saman Dharmakeerthi, participated in the programme as honored guests while Dr. W. A. U. Vitharana coordinated the programme.
Theory sessions were focused on an introduction to GIS, fundamentals of Geographical Coordinate Systems and Global Positioning System (GPS). These sessions were conducted by Miss. H. G. Kasuni, temporary assistant lecturer, Department of Soil Science.
Students were involved in field acivities which were focused on handling GPS receivers and preparing grid sampling scheme for sampling purposes. Following the field session, students were involved in handling Idrisi GIS software to map sample data. Students were able to gain hands on experience of mapping of data and methods of addressing a research problem using GIS techniques.
At the end of the programme, certificates were given to the participants by Dr. W. A. U. Vitharana and Dr. Chammi Attanayake, Senior Treasurer of the Soil Science Society of Faculty of Agriculture.
Students of the Faculty donated dry rations worth of over Rs.75000/= to the Delthota Divisional Secretariat on May 29th to be distributed among displaced by recent earth slips caused by extreme weather conditions. Students visited few camps where the displaced are currently housed and distributed food items among them. The dry rations procured for the Wesak Dansela [free meals give away campaign to mark the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Budddha] was donated to the victims by cancelling off the event. The foodstuffs were purchased by the funds collected by students from among themselves. Drs. Rohitha Prasantha and Terrence Madhujith, Senior Treasurer of the Student Union accompanied by a group of students handed over the dry rations to the officers of the DS Office and paid a visit to camps in Galaha area.
The mega musical evening 'Indeewari - 2016' was held on May 3rd at the University Gymnasium. Veteran singers Somathilaka Jayamaha, Samitha Erandathi Mudunkotuwa, Namal Udugama and Romesh Sugathapala made legendary performance along with the music directed by Manoj Peiris. The event was staged by the students of the Faculty to reinforce the faculty needy student scholarship fund. A large number of organizations became event partners while SLRC, Sri FM, Divaina and The Island were the media partners. The show attracted thousands of spectators despite heavy rains. Professor Upul Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor, Professor R.L. Wijeyaweera, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, other Deans, Senior Assistant Registrar and Senior Assistant Bursar of the Faculty, academic and non academic staff witnessed the grand show.
Forty seven (47) and thirty two (32) students of Faculty of Agriculture received University Colours at the recently held Annual Colours Awarding Ceremony on 24th March 2016 at the University Gymnasium for year 2014 and 2015, respectively. The Faculty organized a reception for those who secured Colours on 8th April 2016 at the Board Room to recognize their achievements.
The Department of Agricultural Extension of the Faculty of Agriculture, moved to a new premise located in the left wing of the main administrative complex of the faculty. An official ceremony was planned by the staff and the students of the Department on 21st of March, 2016 to commence work. Prof. Upul Dissanayake, the Vice Chancellor of the University, graced the opening ceremony as the chief guest. The other distinguished guests included the Dean of the Faculty, the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, the Heads of Departments, academic and non-academic staff from the faculty. The Vice Chancellor, during his speech, congratulated the faculty on its development achievements. The Dean highlighted the importance of team work and the support extended by the university administration, while the Head of the Department stated the challenge of making optimum use of the new facility to ensure that graduates are competent, professional and well groomed for their future careers.
The Department occupies the two upper floors of the right wing of the building. The facilities include space for a modern audio visual unit, class rooms and laboratory space for ICT training and office rooms for the staff. The facility will be further developed with required equipment for training in communication, interpersonal competencies, and production of agricultural extension and media training material. All participants extended their best wishers for the future development of the Department of Agricultural Extension on this happy occasion.
Unveiling of the Sign Board of the Department by the Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor Lighting the Oillamp
Head of the Department Welcomed the Gathering
Modern Audio Visual Unit of the Department
The students of the faculty organized the Annual Pirith Chanting ceremony on Saturday April 02, 2016 to invoke blessings for the students and staff of the faculty. Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, the Dean of the Faculty, Academic and non-academic staff and Students of all years took part in the event which was followed by alms giving on the following day at the administrative building of the faculty.
A seminar on curriculum development and quality assurance organized by the Curriculum Development Committee [CDC} was held on April 5, 2016 at the Faculty of Agriculture. Professor E.R.K. Perera elaborated as to how the curriculum evolved over the past seventy years while Dr. W. Jayathilaka spoke on ‘some thoughts on initiating an effective processes and ensuring acceptable outcomes’ while Professor E.R.N. Gunawardena, the Director of the Internal Quality Assurance Unit of the University of Peradeniya explained the need of quality assurance for the Faculty and the University. Dean and academic staff of the Faculty attended the seminar. Dr. J.K. Vidanarachchi, Chair-CDC moderated the discussion that followed the speeches. Dr. W. Dandeniya, Secretary-CDC delivered the vote of thanks.
A seminar on ‘Indigenous Farm Animal Genetic Resources of Sri Lanka: A Living Treasure’ was held on 11th March 2016 at the Hotel Janaki, Colombo. The occasion was graced by Ms. D.K.R. Ekanayake, the Secretary to the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs, Professor U. B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya, Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Professor M.N.M. Ibrahim, Regional Project Coordinator and Professor Pradeepa Silva, National Project Director. The seminar organized by the University of Peradeniya drew many stakeholder organizations representing the livestock sector of the country. The seminar was an eye-opening event which highlighted the significance of sustainable utilization of indigenous farm animal genetic resources and strategic actions to curb the genetic erosion of the gene pool of indigenous farm animal was discussed. The seminar presented the policy directives for Indigenous Farm Animal Genetic Resource (FAnGR) conservation, market opportunities, farmer perception, and tools and strategies in describing indigenous FAnGR.
The seminar was held as the final event of the multi- country project executed by University of Peradeniya (GEF-UNEP-ILRI-FAnGR Asia project) over the last five year period. The project steering committee was headed by the Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya and the project activities operated through the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU) of the Faculty of Agriculture where the Department of Animal Science played a leading role. A wide spectrum of activities related to indigenous FAnGR was covered by the project during its implementation including research, development, knowledge dissemination and policy perspective.
This is one of the successful projects that the Agriculture Education Unit of the Faculty of Agriculture has implemented on behalf of the University of Peradeniya. As revealed at the national seminar, the outcome of the project is of societal and national importance.
During his courtesy visit to the University of Peradeniya, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, His Excellency James Dauris visited Faculty of Agriculture and held a discussion on the possible collaboration with the Faculty. Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor of the University accompanied the High Commissioner. Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, the Dean of the Faculty informed His Excellency of the significance of the strong relationship between University of Peradeniya and University of Oxford and Great Britain in general. The importance of Overseas Development Administration (ODA) which is currently termed Department of International Development (DFID) of the UK which contributed towards development of human resources, infrastructural and research development of the faculty in late 1980s. He informed His Excellency that he would initiate a dialogue to develop such type of links in the future.
The 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture and The Board of Study in Agricultural Extension, and Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya was commemorated with several activities.
The Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture and the Board of Study in Agricultural Extension Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, in collaboration with the Agriculture Extension South Asian Association (AESA) organized a workshop to identify the key challenges faced by agriculture extension and advisory services and to ascertain the competencies required for an effective professional extensionist. The workshop considered the main challenges faced by the profession in modern times and how best to respond from a human resource development perspective. Mid-level extension professionals from the key agriculture subsectors of Sri Lanka, namely, plantations, food crops, livestock, and export agricultural crop, participated. A participatory interactive methodology was adopted by the resource persons from AESA who facilitated the workshop.
The Department of Agricultural Extension together with the Board of Study (BoS) in Agricultural Extension and the Sri Lanka Agricultural Extension Association, held a National Conference on Agricultural Extension and Policy Dialog on 12th February 2016 at Kandy. The conference provided a platform for policy discussions among agricultural extension service providers and service recipients from four major sectors including Food crop sector, Plantation sector, Livestock sector and Export Agricultural Crop Sector. This conference was held as a part of commemorating the 20 years of establishing the Department of Agricultural Extension and the BoS Ag. Extension. Dr. Chandana Jayawardena from the Department of Agricultural Extension coordinated the conference. The outcome of the conference will be further discussed with identified stakeholders and then communicated to the policy makers.
The students majoring in Agricultural Extension in the Department of Agricultural Extension and the Graduate students of the Board of Study in Agricultural Extension, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya organized the 20th Anniversary get-together of alumni and staff. The occasion was attended by a large number of Agriculture Extension Alumni of the University of Peradeniya. Prof. Gamini Pushpakumars, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Prof. S. Samita, Director PGIA graced the occasion. The occasion held annually is to provide an opportunity to interact, forge new alliances and for sharing life and professional experiences with especially the students who are aspiring for successful careers.
The students majoring in Agricultural Extension attended a field study program in Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna. The filed visits included interacting with filed extension officers and farmers, to observe their farming systems in the East and North as well as to discuss farmer’s achievements and challenges. The learning activities built into the program were in relation to the courses they will be taking for the forthcoming semester starting in March 2016. In Trincomalee the students conducted a vocational training career awareness program for youth in two schools. This was on the invitation of Child Development Foundation (CDF) of the Eastern Province. Close to a hundred Tamil and Sinhala speaking young school children attended the program. The students developed the training material including flip charts and handouts. In Kilinochcho the students visited the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Jaffna. An evening of games and interactions was organized by the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna for the benefit of the visiting students and staff.
The Intensive Course in English conducted by the English Language Teaching Unit, Faculty of Agriculture commenced on 18/01/2016 and concluded on the 10/02/2016. The Intensive Course in English spanned across four weeks where the students engaged in a vigorous English Language learning program from 8.00am to 4.00pm. The students were made to engage in a multitude of activities which were meant to improve the students’ competency and skills pertaining to the academic and social use of English. A concert titled, “Elysium 2016” was organized to mark the successful completion of the Intensive Program. It was organized with the intension of providing the students with an open platform to showcase the skills they have acquired in relation to English and performing in English in front of an audience. Students from each class performed an item at the concert. Performance is an integral aspect of learning a language, and hence, the concert was organized to motivate the students to learn the English language and to assist them in getting rid of certain inhibitions related to learning and using English. “Elysium 2016” which was organized with such a philosophy in mind was successfully held on the 10/02/2016.
The Student Union of Faculty of Agriculture handed over Rs. 500,000.00, the income earned from the mega musical show titled 'Indeewari - 2015' which was held on October 13th at the University where veteran singers Sanath Nandasiri, Malkanthi Nandasiri, Athma Liyanage and Sashika Nisansala made legendary performance along with the music directed by Nalaka Anjana. The proceeds of Indeewari will be channeled to the Needy Student Scholarship of the Faculty. The cheque was handed over to Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean of the Faculty during the proceedings of the Faculty Board meeting held on February 16, 2016 at Mahailuppallama by Mr. Asanka Wijesekara, President of the Union. Pictured below is Mr. Asanka handing over the cheque to Professor Pushpakumara.
The 245th meeting of the Faculty Board of Agriculture was held at the Mahailuppallama Sub Campus on Tuesday February 16th. The faculty members visited newly built hostel complex and renovated lecture rooms, museum, laboratories, old hostels, staff quarters and dining hall. The members posed for a group photograph in front of the renovated museum and main building of the Sub Campus.
Mr. K.K. Lahiru Madusanka, specialized in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya has received Presidential Awards – 2016 for his invention on Automated Glass Filler. He designed and fabricated this machine at the Department of Agricultural Engineering with the help of academic and non-academic staff members. He won the 3rd place in the field of Industry and Technology at the evaluation by the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC), Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. Dean, Heads of Departments and Staff of the Faculty congratulate Mr. Lahiru for his achievements.
Department of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya has won the 1st place for "The Most Innovative Product" among the institutional category at the Pro-Food Pro-Pack & Ag-Biz Exhibition – 2015, held at the BMICH Exhibition Hall from August 7-9, 2015. The Innovative Product was an "Edible Coffee Cup" initially developed by Ms. S.D. Madarasinghe, Ms. S.A.C.H. Senevirathne, Ms. J.A.C.M. Jayakody and A.M.S.L. Atapattu as a group project for the course BFST 3201 - Practical in Product Development, which was further improved for the exhibition. The BFST 3201 course was coordinated by Mr. P.C. Arampath, and the Pro-Food Pro-pack & Ag-Biz exhibition – 2015 was coordinated by Dr C.A. Hettiarachchi. The award ceremony was held on January 19, 2016 at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.
Registration of the new students for all three degree programmes offered by the Faculty was carried out at the Faculty on January 11, 2016. New entrants arrived at the Faculty along with their parents. An orientation programme was organized by the Faculty for the entrants to welcome them to the Faculty and the University and to introduce the university life. Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor L.W. Wijeweera, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Deans of other Faculties, Professor H.M.D. Herath, Mr. U. Dodanwala, the Acting Registrar, Chief Marshal, Senior Assistant Registrar and the Senior Assistant Bursar of the Faculty, Academic and non academic staff members of the Faculty of Agriculture, President and Vice President of Student Union and students took part in the orientation programme. A live telecast of the proceedings was made available for viewing for the parents. Following the orientation programme, the Dean, Deputy Proctor, Academic Staff of the Faculty and student representatives met with the parents. The Student Advisory and Welfare Committee [SAWC] of the Faculty headed by Dr. Anuruddha Karunaratne and Dr. Chammi Attanayake was instrumental in organizing the event successfully. Following registration, the students who are eligible for residential facilities were assigned to respective halls of residence.
A section of participants
Performance by students
All new students, (2014 A/L students) who have been selected to the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Perdeniya for Academic year 2015/2016 and registered at the University Grants Commission should report to the Faculty on 11th January 2016 at 9.00 am.
After orientation program, ATM courses will be started at Peradeniya. Accommodation will be provided on the same day.
New beginnings, fresh hopes… It has been the tradition to commence the New Year with the blessings from Maha Sangha. Following the tradition, the Welfare Society of the Faculty organized a religious ceremony to invoke blessings on the staff and students of the Faculty which was held at the Administrative Building of the Faculty. Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean of the Faculty, Academic and non academic staff took part in the event. The Pirith Chanting was followed by traditional refreshments.
The Faculty of Agriculture felicitated six senior academics who left the university service after making a tremendous service to the Faculty, University and the country at a function held on December 29, 2015 at Hotel Grand Kandyan, Kandy in the most glamorous way. Professor Upul Dissanayake, Vice-chancellor of University Peradeniya, Professor Gamini Pushpakumara, Dean of the faculty of Agriculture and Deans of Faculties, academics of the Faculty of Agriculture, professor Emeriti and the family members of the academics who were felicitated gathered to witness the felicitation and pay gratitude to the senior academics who contributed enormously to uplift the standards of the Faculty over the past 3-4 decades.
The senior academics felicitated were:
- Professor A.N. Jayakody [Soil Science]
- Professor A.N.F. Perera [Animal Science]
- Professor B.C.N. Peiris [Crop Science]
- Professor S.E. Peiris [Crop Science]
- Professor R. Karunagoda [Agricultural Biology]
- Dr. P.M.K. Alahakoon [Agricultural Engineering]
Mementos were handed over to the academics during the ceremony by the Vice-Chancellor and the
Dean of the Faculty. A compilation of recitations was also distributed among participants.
The ceremony was organized by a team of academics from all academic departments. The team was coordinated by Drs. J.K. Vidanaarchchi and U.Vitharana.
The Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium (FAuRS - 2015) is scheduled to be held on 01st December 2015. The FAuRS, a concerted effort to provide a common platform for the graduands from eight Departments of Study of the Faculty to present the results of their final year research projects, as an annal event in the Faculty calendar.
The objective of the FAuRS is to provide an opportunity for the graduating students of three degree programmes of the Faculty of Agriculture, namely; the BSc in Agricultural Technology and Management, BSc in Food Science and Technology, and BSc in Animal Science and Fishery to present their research findings to a public audience and share the outcomes with the stakeholders, specially the industry. This also could be a platform for them to be introduced to prospective employers and stakeholders to identify competent and budding graduates that would fit in well to the competitive world of challenges and opportunities.
Professor D.K.N.G. Pushpakumara was elected as the 12th Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture with effect from November 16, 2015. Professor K. Samarasinghe who was the Dean of the Faculty for two consecutive terms since 2010 is succeeded by Professor Pushpakumara who is currently attached to the Department of Crop Science.
‘Saru’ Magazine Volume 4 was launched on October 29th 2015 at the Appadurai auditorium of the Faculty of Agriculture with the participation of the Prof. K. Samarasinghe, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Heads of Departments , academic staff members and studnets . The theme of the volume 4 is ‘Are soil, water, food and we safe in the modern agriculture’. The magazine has 20 articles written by students and 6 discussions based on interviews given by expertise in different fields. Mr. Nalak Gunawardena, a freelance writer delivered a speech on ‘Science communication’. The financial support for the event was provided by the HECT project of the Agriculture.
The Director and the Deputy Director for Research of the Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI), Batalagoda visited the Faculty on Tuesday 20th October 2015 to brief the Faculty staff on Research and Development priorities that they have identified to be addressed as national needs in the immediate future. All the research and development activities that RRDI is going to focus in the next five to ten years will be based on the priorities and needs identified by the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka to cater to the national needs and to ensure food security. In order to bring the support to this national programme, RRDI expected to share their aims, goals and challenges with the members of the Faculty of Agriculture particularly on rice crop production sector in Sri Lanka.
The mega musical evening 'Indeewari - 2015' was held on October 13th at the University Gymnasium. Veteran singers Sanath Nandasiri, Malkanthi Nandasiri, Athma Liyanage and Sashika Nisansala made legendary performance along with the music directed by Nalaka Anjana. The event was staged by the students of the Faculty to reinforce the faculty needy student scholarship fund. A large number of organizations became event partners while SLRC, Sri FM, Divaina and The Island were the media partners.
Four members including a research student from Albion Company, Japan visited the Faculty on 20th July. They represented the Collaborative Research Team working on medicinal plants of Sri Lanka where the Faculty of Agriculture of Peradeniya, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Albion Company, Japan are working together. The team visited the Faculty to hold discussions with the Dean and the team member from the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. DKNG. Pushpakumara. Some of the logistic and operational issues of the proposed research activities were discussed. The Albion Company has established a laboratory in Negombo, Sri Lanka as a BOI Project to undertake R & D activities on Medicinal plants in Sri Lanka.
The students of the Faculty of Agriculture organized a series of seminars for the students preparing for GCE [O/L] from selected resource poor schools. The inaugural session of the seminar programme termed ‘Reli Bimen Sama Bimata’ was held at the Mahailuppallama Sub Campus on July 11, 2015. Principals and students of four schools in Kekirawa and Thambuttegama area, students of the Faculty, Dr. Mojith Ariyaratne, Lecturer-in-Charge, Mahailuppallama Sub Campus, Dr. Anruddha Karunaratne, Chair, Student Advisory and Welfare Committee and Dr. Terrence Madhujith, Senior Treasurer, Agriculture Student Union attended the inaugural ceremony. Educational materials prepared by the students and stationary packages were distributed among school children. In addition, stationary items were also donated to the four schools. Donation of a wheel chair to a disabled child from one of the participating schools was remarkable. The organizers thank Professor K. Samarasinghe, Dean of the Faculty for his continuous guidance and assistance, the Educational Directors of the region for permitting the schools to attend the seminar and media personnel.
Students intend to organize few more seminars in other areas in the near future.
The second semester for all batches of students is set to commence on July 13th. The first year students who completed their first semester at the Mahailuppallama Sub Campus too commence their second semester at Peradeniya on 13th.
The students of the Faculty organized the Annual Pirith Chanting Ceremony at the Faculty premises on May 23rd evening followed by Alms Giving on 24th noon. The Dean, staff members and students took part in the event.
The fourth Study Abroad Program on "Sustainable Tropical Agriculture Systems of Sri Lanka" offered to Michigan State University (MSU) of the USA commenced on 14th May 2015. This tailor-made program is offered by the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU) of the Faculty of Agriculture.
Fourteen students and one Faculty member from the MSU and four Sri Lankan students take part in this 4-week long program, which will end up on 8th June 2015. The inaugural session of the program was held on 14th May 2015 at the Board Room of the Faculty of Agriculture with Prof. K. Samarasinghe, the Dean/Faculty of Agriculture, as the Chief Guest. The program will be conducted at different locations in Peradeniya, Talawakelle, Nuwera Eliya, Mahailuppallama, and Kalawewa
The program, which has been voted as one of the top 10 study abroad programs from among 275 such programs attended by MSU students, is coordinated by Dr. Mojith Ariyaratne with Prof. Pradeepa Silva and Prof. Buddhi Marambe as co-coordinators. Prof. Chris DiFonzo coordinates the program from the MSU end. Resource persons for the program are drawn from the University of Peradeniya (Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science), and other government and private sector organizations in Sri Lanka.
There will be a symposium on "Climate Change on Disease & Health Management of Animals" at the Dept. of Farm Animal Production and Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya on 22nd May 2015. This symposium is jointly organized by the Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya and Chungnam National University, Republic Korea.
The Student Union of the Faculty opened up a Photocopy Centre at the Agriculture Library. The Centre was ceremonially opened by Professor K. Samarasinghe, the Dean of the Faculty on May 14th . The Library did not have a photocopy service for sometimes and having identified the need of such service, the Student Union decided to commence a copy service. The Centre expects to provide copy service at a nominal rate for the university community. The Center is located at the entrance of the Agriculture Library.
The Sinhala drama ‘Lawrencege Manamali’ staged at the Professor Sarachchandra Open air Theatre on May 5th by the Student Union of the Faculty of Agriculture drew thousands of spectators. The Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture , academics, non academics and students attended the event. The proceeds will go to ‘Relibimen Samabimata’, seminar program for GCE [O/L] students of selected resource poor schools.
Vesak Dansela organized by the students of the Faculty on May 4th near the Administrative Building of the Faculty drew more than 2500 devotees.
The Study Abroad program offered by the Faculty of Agriculture through the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU) has been listed one of the top 10 Study Abroad Programmes of Michigan State University [MSU], USA among 275 programs involving 60 countries.
The Department of Food Science and Technology organized a two day training programme on ‘Value Added Rice Based Products’ for a group of small and medium scale snack manufacturers from Ampara, Trincomalee area. The programme was conducted by the staff of the Department of Food Science and Technology on April 29th and 30th at the Faculty. This is the second such programme conducted by the Department which was funded by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board.
Professor M.P.B. Wijayagunawardana for being promoted to the post of Senior Professor in Animal Science
Dr. (Mrs.) D.M. De Costa for being promoted to the post of Professor in Plant Pathology
Dr. M.I.M. Mowjood for being promoted to the post of Professor in Biosystems Engineering
Dr. M.W.A.P. Jayathilake, Department of Agricultural Extension has been appointed as a Senior Lecturer Grade I in the Department of Agricultural Extension
Dr. B.C. Jayawardena has received a merit award from the National Research Council (NRC) for the research entitled “Utilization of adzuki bean extract as a natural antioxidant in cured and uncured cooked pork sausages” published in Meat Science
The Agriculture Education Unit (AEU) of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya organized and conducted Study Abroad Program on “Organic Agriculture Systems of Sri Lanka” for students from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (UNLS) in Vienna, Austria. Seventeen students and one staff members from the UNLS and two Sri Lankan students took part in the 12-days long program held in various locations in Sri Lanka. The AEU partnered with several government, private sector and non-governmental organizations actively engaged in organic agriculture in Sri Lanka to conduct this activity. The program was conducted with 80% weight on farm visits and actual field practice.
Resource persons of the program were drawn in from various institutes depending on their expertise. Dr. Gamini Hitinayake (Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture), Prof. Ananda Jayakody (Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture), Prof. DKNG Pushpakumara (Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture), and Prof. HMDR Herath (Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts) served as the resource persons from University of Peradeniya. The others members who served as resource persons are Capt. AR Senarath and Mr. Bernard Ranaweera (Biofoods Pvt Ltd.), Dr. BVR Punyawardena (Natural Resource Management Centre, Department of Agriculture), , Dr. Keerthi Mohotti (Tea Research Institute, Talawakelle), Dr. Ranil Senanayake (Belipola Estate, Mirahawatte), Dr. Shelomi Krishnaraja (Department of Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya), Mr. Athula Priyantha (Badulla), Mr. Nandasena Herath (HADABIMA Authority of Sri Lanka), Mr. Senara Wickremarachchi and Mr. Shashika Rajapaksha (Control Union Inspections (Pvt) Ltd.), Mr. Thilak Kariyawasam (Maharagama), and Mr. Upali Wannianayake (Go Green, Nochchiyagama).
Dr. Janak Vidanaarachchi and Professor Buddhi Marambe served as the Co-coordinators of the Study Abroad program.
New batch of BFST students commenced their academic work on February 09, 2015. The Department of Food Science and Technology welcomed the new students by introducing the staff of the Department, the resources available at the Department.
Mr. P.C. Arampath, Head of the Department addressing the students….
A joint delegation from Tokyo University of Japan and Albion Company of Japan visited the Faculty of Agriculture on 29th January to discuss possibilities of research collaboration with the Faculty on indigenous medicinal plants. The delegation included the vice President of TUA also. The Albion company is a leading Japanese cosmetic company who has established an Institute of indigenous Plants in Sri Lanka in collaboration with TUA. The Dean and few members of the Faculty who are engaged in research in the subject area had an initial discussion on possible uses of medicinal plants in Aurvedic medicine, cosmetic industry, food and feed sectors. Future collaboration in this area is expected.
The Faculty organized a ceremony to felicitate eight senior academics who left the University service recently rendering a yeoman service to the Faculty, nation and the rest of the world over many a decade. Late Professor U. R. Sangakkara, Professors Daya Ahangama, Kapila Goonasekera, Udeni Edirisinghe, R.B. Mapa, R.O. Thattil, C. Sivayoganathan and Dr. K.P. Premaratne were the senior academics who were felicitated. The ceremony took place at Hotel Tourmaline, Kandy on December 27, 2014 with the participation of the academics who were felicitated, their family members, the Dean of the Faculty and many faculty members. Acting Vice-chancellor Professor Navaratne Bandara graced the occasion. This is the third time that the Faculty held a felicitation ceremony to appreciate the great services of senior academics. Dr. S.P. Nissanka coordinated the event.
The Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium (FAuRS – 2014)) is scheduled to be held on 23rd December 2014. The FAuRS, a concerted effort to provide a common platform for the graduands from all Departments of Study of the Faculty to present the results of their final year research projects, will be inaugurated this year as an annual event in the Faculty calendar.
This symposium, while providing an opportunity for the graduands of the Faulty to present and share the research findings with a broad group of stakeholders, especially from the industry, will also set the stage for the prospective employers to identify competent and budding graduates that would fit in well to the competitive world of challenges and opportunities. In the past, the student research symposia were held with the same objective separately at the respective Departments of Study. However, from this year onwards, the sessions will be consolidated as one event of the Faculty for all the students representing different disciplines of Agriculture and majoring modules at all Departments of Study in the Faculty.
As in the 68 years long history of the Faculty of Agriculture, the staging of this event is also generously supported by various organizations that always have extended the goodwill towards the activities conducted by the Faculty.
The sponsors committed for FAuRS-2014 as of today,
Department organized a two day workshop for bakery owners and workers from Ampara district under the value added rice based products. The workshop was held on December 4th and 5th in the newly set up pilot plant of the Department of Food Science and Technology under the QIG grant. The workshop was funded by Export Development Board of Sri Lanka.
New entrants selected to the Faculty of Agriculture by the UGC arrived at the University on November 25, 2014. An Orientation Programme was held on November 26, 2014 with the participation of the Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty, Proctor, Chief Medical Officer and Academics of the Faculty. The Orientation Programme was organized by the Student Welfare and Advisory Committee [SAWC] of the Faculty to familiarize the new entrants with the campus life at Peradeniya.
Students of the Faculty of Agriculture organized a series of sports events finally ended up celebrating the ‘Faculty Day-2014’ on October 18. The week long sports events included many indoor and outdoor games. Both the students and academic staff of the Faculty actively took part in the series of sport events. The awarding ceremony was held on October 18th at the Faculty.
27th September 2014:
3.30-5.30pm: Remembrance meeting at the Administrative complex, Faculty of Agriculture.
6.30-8.30pm: Pirith Chanting Ceremony at the Department of Crop Science
28th September 2014:
Alms giving (Daval Dhana) for 25 Buddhist priests at the Department of Crop Science
SAWC of the Faculty organized a Shramadana Campaign to clean up the Faculty premises. Large number of students and both academic and non academic staff members took part in the event.
The Student Union of the Faculty of Agriculture organized a blood donation campaign which was held on September 10, 2014 at the Administrative Building Complex of the Faculty. A large number of students donated blood making the event successful.
Foundation stone for a three storied building for the Department of Animal Science, as part of the Faculty Master Plan, was laid by the Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Heads of the Departments of the Faculty on September 11, 2014. They were accompanied by the Acting Registrar and the Works Engineer of the University, invitees and many academic and non-academic staff members and students. The foundation stone laying ceremony was held at the auspicious time 9.40 a.m. with the blessings of Maha Sangha. The new building will be one of the largest structures of the Faculty of Agriculture.
On the same day, foundation stones for the third wing of the current Administrative Building were also laid. The third wing will be occupied by the Department of Agricultural Extension and the Agribusiness Centre (abc) upon completion of construction.
Insights from Australia and East Africa' By Dr. Thilak Mallawaarachchi, The University of Queensland, Australia will take place on 25th August 2014 from 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon at the Board Room of the Administrative Complex, Faculty of Agriculture.
He the Ambassador to Republic Korea visited the Faculty on 8th August 2014 to award financial assistance to students and the Faculty. The Vice-Chancellor also graced the occasion the event which was take place at 3.00 pm at the Board Room of the Faculty of Agriculture.
A MOU was signed between the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya with the Tokyo University of Agriculture [TUA], Japan on July 22, 2014 at Peradeniya. Professor Hironobu Shiwachi, Director-Internnational Program and Professor Toshihiro Wathanabe, Vice President of Tokyo University of Agriculture represented the Tokyo University. Professor Atula Senaratne, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya signed the MOU which will facilitate student and staff exchange between the Faculty of Agriculture, and TUA, Japan.
The Third Study Abroad Training program on Sustainable Tropical Agriculture Systems of Sri Lanka offered by the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU) of the Faculty of Agriculture to the Michigan State University (MSU) of the USA was held from 8th May to 4th June 2014. Twelve Students and one faculty member from the MSU and four Sri Lanka students took part in the 28-days long program that was held at PeradeniyaNuweraEliya, Mahailuppallama, and Kalawewa regions. The program was coordinated by Dr. MojithAriyarathne, with Professors BuddhiMarambe and Pradeepa Silva as co-coordinators. Academia from the Faculties of Agriculture, Arts, Science and Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the University of Peradeniya, and scientists from the Departments of Agriculture, Export Agriculture, National Botanic Gardens and National Zoological Gardens, Tea Research Institute, and National Aquaculture Development Authority, and officers of the Lalan Rubber (Pvt) Ltd, Lonach Dairy Farm, Jagro (Pvt) Ltd served as resource persons.
Agriculture Faculty Arts Circle organized a musical event on June 01, 2014 at the Faculty premises. The Dean of the Faculty, faculty members, students and visiting students from Michigan State University [MSU] actively took part in the musical evening.
Ms. Haily Seneviratne, a third year B.Sc. Food Science & Technology (BFST) student and Mr. Manju Gunawardana from Hybrid Technologies Inc., Sri Lanka were able to receive two Gold Medals and a Special Jury Award for two inventions at the 42nd International exhibition of Inventions of Geneva held from 2nd to 6th April 2014.
‘Diabetes Early Warning Urinal System’ developed by the inventors is a virtual lab in the toilet which is capable of quantifying glucose, bilirubin, ketones, proteins, nitriles in urine and measuring specific gravity, pH. It is also capable of detecting the presence of red blood cells and leucocytes in urine. The invention will serve the males as an early warning of diabetes.
‘Sterilizer Enforced Access Control System for Healthcare Workers’ received a Gold Medal and a Special Jury Award in Geneva. The device is capable of identifying the sanitary condition of hands of the healthcare worker who attempts to enter a germ free area and controls the access by opening the entrance only if the level of sanitation is acceptable. The inventors have expressed their willingness to collaborate with the Department of Food Science & Technology in getting it modified to suit the food processing industries.
Welfare Society of the Faculty of Agriculture organizes the Annual Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festival on Saturday April 5th from 9.00 a.m. at the University Rugger Ground. The Festival which consists of dozens of fun events is open for all family members of the staff of the Faculty of Agriculture.
A Pirith chanting ceremony organized by the Student Union of Faculty of Agriculture in collaboration with Buddhist Brotherhood Association of the Faculty was held on March 22nd which was followed by Alms Giving on March 23rd. The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, staff members and students of all years of the Faculty took part in the two day event.
Ms. Catharine Watson, a grand daughter of late Sir Ivor Jennings who is also the Head/Project and Program Development of World Agroforestry Centre and Dr. Meine van Noordwijk, Senior Science Adviser to World Agroforestry Centre visited the Faculty of Agriculture and the University on February 18, 2014.
Dean/Agriculture welcome participants at the event held at the Vice Chancellor Office on Handing over of the Photo Collection of Sir Ivor Jennings by Ms. Catharine Watson (Grand Daughter of Sir Ivor Jennings) to Prof. Atula Senaratne, Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya.
Ms. Catharine Watson (Head/Project and Program Development, World Agroforestry Centre and Grand Daughter of Sir Ivor Jennings) and Dr. Meine van Noordwijk (Senior Science Adviser of World Agroforestry Centre) discuss with Prof. DKNG Pushpakumara, Country Liaison Scientists, World Agroforestry Centre, Prof. K Samarasinghe, Dean, Agriculture and Prof. B Marambe, Director, Agriculture Education Unit on issues related to collaborations between the Faculty and World Agroforestry Centre .
An MOUS was between University of Peradeniya and Yamagata University, Japan. Professor Atula Senaratne, Vice Chancellor, the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Professor. H. Yasuda, Vice President of Yamagatha University, Dr. M.I.M. Mowjood and Heads of Departments participated in the event held at the Vice Chancellor's Office on February 18, 2013.
Pedura - 2014 Musical Evening organized by the Student Welfare and Advisory Committee (SWAC) of the Faculty of Agriculture took place on February 16 at Mahailuppallama Sub-campus.
All three degree programs, Agricultural Technology and Management (ATM), Bachelors of Food Science and Technology (BFST) and Animal Science and Fisheries (ASF)commenced the academic programs on Monday January 20, 2014. The orientation program for the new entrants was held on January 20th at the Auditorium of Mahailuppallama Sub Campus. Professor Atula Senaratne, Vice-Chancellor of University of Peadeniya, Professor K. Samarasinghe, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and academic staff of the Faculty attended the Orientation Program.