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 ...

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 ...

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