A Tribute to Turing I watched The Imitation Game last night and was deeply moved. I felt very sad when they said Alan Turing had committed suicide at the age of 41. His contribution to ending the Second World War is invaluable; yet the same society he saved from continuous tyranny drove him to taking his own life. I first learnt about Alan Turing ...

Prime Minister And Singer Award Top 10 O/L Students With Ultrabooks At an award ceremony held at Temple Trees recently, Singer Sri Lanka PLC extended their support to the the top ten students who excelled in the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examinations held in in 2014. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, together with dignitaries from the Ministry of Education, Asoka Pieris (CEO Singer Sri Lanka) and Mahesh Wijewardene (Director – Marketing and ...

ALL FOR ONE; ONE FOR ALL! The Department of Physical Education together with the Amalgamated Club of the University of Colombo organized a two-day Outbound Training Camp at the Batangala Training Center for all the sports captains and vice captains. The main objective of this session was to develop our leadership and team building skills. We started off Day One with a physical training session which was followed ...

The Open University of Sri Lanka invited me to deliver the sixth in a series of distinguished lectures on the 10th of April 2015. Looking through the titles of the previous lectures, I saw that the common theme is the university and higher learning. Therefore, I proposed “Making the university relevant” as the topic and described the content as follows: ...

Draft Higher Education Act Given below is the text of the draft Higher Education Act prepared by a Committee appointed on January 27th at the meeting of the UGC and Vice-Chancellors and Directors. It has been sent to His Excellency the President, and also to the Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education, to take it forward after fuller discussion. The text was also sent ...

Document Freedom day – 2015 Have you ever felt so irritated for having so many different file types? Documents composed by one application cannot be opened from another. I wish there were universal file types. You have surely wished at least for once in your life, specially if you’re a Geek. There are about 1000+ file types and data transmitting protocols nowadays in computer field. We have ...

How Free is Free Education? The Impact of Tuition on Exam Marks Photo courtesy Rose Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and international schools, universities, and tuition) may be diluting the Free Education Scheme’s ability ...

Miranda Hemalatha still in the tempest “A psych evaluation must be made mandatory in recruiting new teachers,” said educationist Miranda Hemalatha who is also an award winning dancer, actress, choreographer as well as a director of drama, in an interview with The Nation. “I recently read that about 70 percent of school children have some type of a mental disorder. If this is true, it is ...

How Free is Free Education? Private Household Spending on Education in Sri Lanka: 1985-2010 Photo courtesy Rose Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and international schools, universities, and tuition) may be diluting the Free Education Scheme’s ...

How Free is Free Education?: Educational Stratification in Sri Lanka: 1985-2010 Image courtesy Rose Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and international schools, universities, and tuition) may be diluting the Free Education Scheme’s ...

Violence was never my thing and I used to back away from any situation that contained it or tried my best to make peace amongst the parties involved.However, yesterday at uni I had front row seats to a waliya that made me witness some bone chilling real action for the first time of my 23 plus years of existence.There had ...

The future of tertiary education in Sri Lanka Photo by The Picture Press, featured in 30 Years Ago As I emphasized in my previous article, never in our lifetime will we be presented with ideal alternatives. However, as citizens of Sri Lanka, we have a moral responsibility to vote pragmatically on the 8th of January. To this end, having read Presidential candidate Hon. Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto, ...

Eaten Alive? Not quite… The controversial television documentary, Eaten Alive was telecasted on The Discovery Channel, last Sunday (7th of December). According to The Discovery Channel, 4.1 million viewers around the world were huddled up around their television sets on a Sunday to witness a man being eaten alive by a giant anaconda. But, unfortunately, all did not go as planned. The documentary ...

Social Responsibility in Universities in Unstable Times Photograph courtesy Vikalpa Guest lecture delivered at the international conference, ‘Revisiting Social Responsibility in Contexts of Crisis: Challenges and Possibilities in Sri Lanka’ at Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, 17 November 2014 Vice Chancellor, the dean and colleagues, let me wish all of you a very good morning. When the Dean, Faculty of Arts wrote to me some ...

Equity for children through quality education Sri Lanka has every reason to be proud of its record on education, in comparison with those of other countries in the region. But we should also remember that we had a similar leading position many years ago, and others are catching up. Indeed other countries in Asia have forged ahead, so we really need to stop making comparisons with ...

Equity for children through quality education Sri Lanka has every reason to be proud of its record on education, in comparison with those of other countries in the region. But we should also remember that we had a similar leading position many years ago, and others are catching up. Indeed other countries in Asia have forged ahead, so we really need to stop making comparisons with ...

School Cricket Update 2014/15 S. Thomas College 1st innings 314-6 Overs – 57 Rashmika Opatha 95Pavindu Sasanka 58Chenutha Wickramasinghe 53Nimesh Kumara 5-101 Prince of Wales 1st Innings 222 Overs 77.1 Jayanga Vikum Pieris 35 Hasitha Lanka 131 Chenuthe Wickramasinghe 4-27 Senal De Silva 2-19 St. Thomas College 2nd Innings – 116-6 Overs 14 Rashmika Opatha 52 Jayanga Pieris 3-46 Prince of Wales College – ...

Eaten Alive With the start of the month November, a controversial story was heard from the world of nature documentary. Many even doubted the story to be a hoax. But with the release of a video that proved the story was not just another fabrication or a hoax, the whole world has started talking about this extraordinary task , a human is ...

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