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 ...

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 ...

The Sunday Observer newspaper in Sri Lanka recently sought my views on the concept of ‘Science for All’, which comes into focus with World Science Day observed globally on November 10. I sent them an op-ed of 700 words, from which they have quoted extensively in a long feature published today: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2014/11/09/spe05.asp Here, for the […]

CERN’s physicist to visit Sri Lanka I learnt about CERN for the first time when I read Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons 8 years ago. For those of you who don’t know what CERN is, it’s the “Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire” or European Council for Nuclear Research. It was founded in 1954 in Switzerland with the mandate of establishing a world-class fundamental physics research organization in ...

The development of knowledge workers is obviously important for the emergence of inclusive knowledge economies. We have been working on this, but it has not been front and center of our public communication. This will change in the next little while. The 2015 Budget Speech of the Government of Sri Lanka placed its central emphasis on the development of human ...

I remember the day Nadeesha told me that we would be organizing the Batch Queen Competition as part of the Freshers’ Welcome 2014. He said “Deiya wants us to organize BQ” and my first reaction was “Are you mad?! I’m not doing it.” Looking back, I’m glad I changed my mind. During the past few months my mind has been ...

Sponsor Horizon Lanka’s computer instructor’s allowance Dhananjaya teaching computer hardware Nanda Wanninayaka Young Dhananjaya Wijewickrama is the computer instructor at Horizon Lanka. Now he works for Horizon free of charge. He has been teaching since August and producing wonderful results already with the students. Students like his teaching and they come in groups to learn from him. Dhananjaya will teach all 7 days per week till ...

All hail the Mighty Prawn!!! Planet Earth is inhabited by around 3 – 30 million species. Of them, 97% consists of invertebrates while the remaining 3% are vertebrates. It’s no secret that the Animal kingdom has astonishing members in it and we humans have not witnessed much of these wonders. Well, recently I came to know about one of the most amazing creatures in the ...

Horizon Lanka needs children’s movies I copied some educational movies to Horizon Lanka’s two computers’ hard disks. Children watch those movies very eagerly when they get a break after practicing computers. I was surprised when a group of grade 6 students preferred “Earth – Making of a Planet” over Jurassic Park. This encourages me to find more educational movies. I can explain the movies ...

Computers for Horizon Lanka Mahawilachchiya is a rural village 45 kilometers away from Anuradhapura town. It is situated in the boundary of the Wilpattu National Park. You would be surprised to hear that the children of this distant village excel in computers and English with the little resources they have with their educational institute, the Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org has been serving ...

The Faculty of Science, University of Colombo has decided to award 2 external degrees, one in Financial Engineering and the other in Electronics and Automation Technologies. External Degree Programmes allow people to follow a course by paying a certain sum of money. So this may seem like a fine opportunity for the people who missed out on their university entrance. ...

Computers for Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya Mahawilachchiya is a rural village 45 kilometers away from Anuradhapura town. It is situated in the boundary of the Wilpattu National Park. You would be surprised to hear that the children of this distant village excel in computers and English with the little resources they have with their educational institute, the Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org has been serving ...

Computers for Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya Mahawilachchiya is a rural village 45 kilometers away from Anuradhapura town. It is situated in the boundary of the Wilpattu National Park. You would be surprised to hear that the children of this distant village excel in computers and English with the little resources they have with their educational institute, the Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org has been serving ...

My semester exams are finally over. Here are a few things that helped me prepare for them and not lose my mind in the process! One important lesson I learnt last year is that none of the extra reading you do is of any use if you don’t know what’s in your lecture notes to begin with. So I paid close attention to my lecture ...

Social Media Workshop at the American Center Prasad Perera doing the workshop Last Monday I attended a social media workshop at the American Center. The instructor was a guy called Prasad Perera. He covered Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and digital storytelling. It was a very effective workshop. I learnt a lot there. Usually majority of the social media users use only the very basic features of the ...

Social Media Workshop at the American Center Prasad Perera doing the workshop Last Monday I attended a social media workshop at the American Center. The instructor was a guy called Prasad Perera. He covered Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and digital storytelling. It was a very effective workshop. I learnt a lot there. Usually majority of the social media users use only the very basic features of the ...

Dear Pop … I’m fed up, disgusted, and totally out of sorts with Duke University and formal education in general, for that matter, and I hardly see why I’m taking a crack at this Rhodes scholarship when I’m such an execrable student. Only the fact that this is my last semester keeps me from packing up and leaving. I’ve come ...

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