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Default Professor J. N. Oleap Fernando, PhD (Lond), Chartered Chemist & Chartered Scientist,

Prof. Oleap Fernando to visit Lanka

The 35 year old Graduateship Programme in Chemistry of the College of Chemical Sciences has now formally being accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

Professor J. N. Oleap Fernando, PhD (Lond), Chartered Chemist & Chartered Scientist, Rector, (College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry , Ceylon) is also invited to Sri Lanka.

The College of Chemical Sciences (CCS) of the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, (IChemC) commenced in 1979 the conduct of a Graduateship Programme in Chemistry, in order to enable adults, the matured middle level personnel (such as Technicians) and late developers to follow a professional tertiary level programme in Chemistry at an academic standard equivalent to that of a Special degree in Chemistry, offered by a recognized university.

During the first decade of the existence of this technician programme, the Institute did not think it necessary to charge even a rupee for the certificate it issued to successful technicians.

The Graduateship Programme has had to make several inevitable changes to its structure, course content and emphasis over its 35 years of existence in order to meet contemporary global and national demands and expectations.

In the Sri Lankan context, large numbers of AIL qualified (particularly from districts such as Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala, which have a larger number of good AIL students attending schools in a proportion very much more than the resident population and thus unfairly deprived of admission to a Sri Lankan University due to the ridiculously implemented and never ending district quota system).

According to the most recently available UGC estimates, it costs the national budget well over one million rupees to produce a four year science graduate as recurrent expenses alone.

The College of Chemical Sciences of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon thus moves on to the start of the fifth decade of its tertiary educational programmes in the fervent hope and belief that the foundation it has laid for tertiary chemical education in Sri Lanka has become very strongly embedded in the tertiary educational scenario in Sri Lanka.


Prof. J.N.O. Fernando honoured

SCIENTIST Professor J.N. Oleap Fernando was honoured at the ceremonial opening of the J.N.O. Fernando Hall at the Institute of Chemistry and College of Chemical Sciences building in Rajagiriya on June 28.

A portrait of Prof. Fernando done in oils by President-elect of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Mevan Pieris was unveiled by Chief Guest Bishop of Colombo Rt. Revd. Duleep de Chikera.

Dr. Lakshmi Arambewela, President of the Institute of Chemistry, gave the welcome address and Emeritus Professor Nalini Ratnasiri, the Guest of Honour, spoke admiringly of Prof. Fernando's untiring efforts in the cause of science, of chemical education and of education in general.

Professor Gunaherath, from the Open University proposed the Vote of Thanks. Dr. R.D. Gunaratne, another Thomian and the Master of Ceremonies, acquitted himself very well with scientific precision.



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