11 August, 2020

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A Kind Note To The Institute Of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL)

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

I was very happy to see that IESL has started to organize a National Engineering Conference. We did not have this kind of conferences when we were Engineering students in Sri Lanka. Later when we were known among fellow engineers in other countries, we started to organize an annual conference in Sri Lanka that attracts on average researchers from 18 countries to Sri Lanka to present their findings in technology for sustainable development. Through that experience I know the impact of this kind of conferences held in Sri Lanka on the lives of local engineers and students.

There is no doubt that IESL senior members may know that a technical conference has a formal structure. It has sessions on different themes, and it has plenary talks and keynote talks given by prominent scientists/engineers in the field. For instance, I refer the reader to keynote speeches in several annual conferences held in Sri Lanka such as The International Conference on Industrial and Automation Systems and International Conference on Building Resilience. One may see that the keynote speakers are prominent researchers or professionals in the specific field.

Apart from technical conferences, Sri Lanka has had a long culture of recognizing the engineers behind National projects like giving engineer Wimalasurendra’s name to the power station he gave leadership to, and naming numerous roads in Colombo after the respective Engineers who built them even in the Colonial times.

I am sure IESL is aware of the reason as to why we do not get politically sensitive guests involved in technical roles in conferences. We avoid that because the whole purpose of the conference is to bring together people with diverse political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to focus on a given set of technical topics without unnecessary distractions. Sri Lanka is not without major recent projects if you wanted keynote speakers with a local relevance. How about the chief engineer of Hambantota harbor project, Norichcholai power station project, the Southern Highway project, or even the design engineer of Sri Lanka’s first satellite? They may well be Chinese Engineers. But it does not matter as long as he/she could share some technical experience with local engineers. Was there a major reason to skip all those opportunities to get the defense secretary to do this key technical job? If you really wanted to honor him, you could have given him a guest of honor speech, which is not technical. You cannot avoid young members shying away from IESL if they begin to feel that their professional body is getting politicized. I do not want IESL to face that disaster. Therefore, I urge all IESL members to take this issue up in the next general meeting to avoid future disappointments.

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    More than 99% of Sri Lankan Engineering professors are getting their professorships publishing in non-indexed low level journals run by IESL. Most of the reviewers and ed. board members are same people who submit articles. Therefore IESL must be responsible for fake professor appointments in Sri Lankan Engineering faculties. Now Sri Lankan Eng. faculty professors are named as “IESL low quality journal publishing guys”.

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      So, Trishantha Should be one who became a Senior lecturer by publishing papers, if he did that, … in that way ?

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        Nation^s meeharaka (kuluharaka) has started again to attack him personally.

        Give us please balanced comments to see whether one must need necessarily to publish on ONLY peer reviewed journals if they want to achieve their finals goals in R & D or teaching carriers. No doubt, the papers should bring the standards. But that means not that the researchers should have published them ONLY on high impact journals. Depending on the specific fields, publishing restrictions are varied. Please do more search either on web or by coming to Europe to get how German, French, English and others have achieved their professorships.
        There are also senior lecturers that would not want to become professors, so they stay as group leaders to their labs. In Srilanka, the names of the titles still seem to be more recognized than the research experience that the candidates have collected.

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        For your kind information, this is my publication record: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=VZi7NssAAAAJ&hl=en

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          He just shat in his pampers :)

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          Thrishantha,

          If I were you I wouldn’t give a nanosecond of my time to this moron Jim “saddo” Softy who is a blind worshipper of the Rajapaksa brothers.

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            Agree. However it is good that his answer came in the form of a link to his work and the suddenly the naysayers are nowhere to be seen. These MR worshippers are hell bent on keeping the country in the dark ages to get a share of the loot. What a sad lot these people really are.

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        Mr. Jim, do you really do a background study of a person before you comment on that person???? I would like to know your academic qualifications? If you have any…

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      Yes Fedrick I checked your claims by visiting MPR web sites. You are 100% correct Eng. professors are just fakes and eating poor tax payers money as salary. God bless for these fake professors. That is why Chinese and Indian Eng. are leading all Sri Lankan projects. UGC and Ministry re-check qualifications of Sri Lankan professors and sack wrongly given promotions based on IESL publications.

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      “You cannot avoid young members shying away from IESL if they begin to feel that their professional body is getting politicized. I do not want IESL to face that disaster. Therefore, I urge all IESL members to take this issue up in the next general meeting to avoid future disappointments.”

      Above should be a great message to other professional bodies too.
      Today, senior professionals seem to be very passive in our society. May be, for their own security reasons. As once CBK reiterated, people should not stay – hell bent any criminal acts perpetrated by rulers. People should have gut to come forward and disagree…..

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    IESL officials just wanted to be in the good book of GOTA & company and that would subsequently deliver high dividends for those officials. Forget the professional development, ethics etc.. Follow the trend of slavery to the King’s Family…

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      I truly believe, if IESL was that powerful, they could have revealed all the walmarts played the role MR to get reelected in 2010. Lanken IT and mathematicians could have come forward in that moment. That was the decisive moment for them to come forward. Many in and out of the country still believe that SF won the election but all tricks played by RAJAPAKSHES together with former EC made it a history by manipulating results.

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    /* How about the chief engineer of Hambantota harbor project, Norichcholai power station project, the Southern Highway project, or even the design engineer of Sri Lanka’s first satellite?
    They may well be Chinese Engineers.

    But it does not matter as long as he/she could share some technical experience with local engineers.

    Was there a major reason to skip all those opportunities to get the defense secretary to do this key technical job? */

    -:)

    I feel Thrishantha is sending couple of messages to IESL. -:)

    This shows while it is going in wrong direction, how much politicized the entire system,……

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      On this CT platform, TN and TG are the best writers that undoubtedly open the eyes of us readers by giving us valuable info about addressing issues.

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        Hichchi;
        As a non academic and Experienced technical person.
        I agree with you,
        All the institutions should be Non political affiliation bodies.

        Then they can serve the Nation.
        See now,
        All the SHIT EATING PIGS want to go piggy back on Professional bodies.

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    why not gotabaya ? every keynote speaker does not have to be an engineer do they ? . The defence industry did come up with quite a few innovations to combat our terrorist friends didnt they ?In my time the former Naval commander was the head of the IESL .

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      Yes yes aney. Mr. Gota even without proper O/L doing a magnificent job. who wants academics. Look at his mejesty king Mahinda. O/L only 5 subjects with two credits without math but he is the finace minister. Mr Basil never heard that their is subject called Economy but he is the minister of economy. Ms Shirathi has become a child education expert recently without attending any courses indeed. So how brilliant this family is.
      We dont need any educated cultured people around us. We can manage our country with one family with the support of BBS Ravana balaya and JHU. I wont be surprised if USA invites Mr Mahinda give a lecture at the Nasa or China invites Mr Gota to deliever a speech about Yang Tsiki Yan Huang-ho-Valley Civilization.

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        @Yasodara, why aney you left that handsome Rugby Captain (N)mal baby behind. I am sure You believed that gossip about baby did his Law exams with the help of Law Collage Principal, Rodrogo. Don’t believe gossips as you and I know how brilliant our King Family is.

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      What matters is the one who holds the key note should have broader knowledge about what is being discussed. If the person does not them, so from the beginning on the process should be failure. This everyone would get but you guys – that have got hallozinated just having being to see some concrete constructions, would take longer to get them.

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    Kabaraya checked out Thrishantha on the King’s College website. Definitely a superior academic with good publications. SL must be sad to lose him. He has been persecuted out of the place. Hope he can come back after the Good Squad leaves the scene. There were powerful people before. Premadasa, Jayawardene. Like Ozymandias, not even sand remains. No dogs bark for them. Even the Balu Sena will not bark for Rajapakse after he falls. Rajapakse and his ilk will go that way too despite his present sycophants.

    “My name is Rajapassa, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck of the Hambantota harbour, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

    We have a King too and a King’s family. Highly educated people. First class lawyers and economists. No worries losing people like Thrishantha. We can buy a lot of cheap yes men from the Tory party in the UK. Got enough corrupt money stashed away.Why not start a King’s College, Hambantota.

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    Looks like every one is trying to please Gota the barbarian by inviting him to events that do not have any relevance or connection to the man or his job. What the hell does Gota know about engineering? He comes over and reads a speech written by some one else. I am not surprised the members are pissed!

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      Gota may be good to hold the keynote issue related to HALAL BANNING, because he is by nature human slaughter (go any issue related to him since 2005 and again late 90ties).

      If I would start a meat market (also fish), – very unlikely though, there I would ask Gota to come and hold his speech, rather fits better but not for Engineering or life science research fields.

      Anyway, we are on an epoche where all items are being handled to the manner they the uneducated, uncultured rascals think are the best for the nation or country. Interestingly, GLP or the educated minority seem to be deaf and blind as usual, not having any options for them. So us the dissidents there exists few options.

      A) Get assaulted, disappeared or killed even at broad day light.
      B) Revenge incl. to family circles E.g the fate of senior diplomats like nation^s know all Dayan Jayathilaka, Tamara K, Rajiwa Weje

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    Obviously some politically inclined engineers would have acted behind the scene to politicise an apolitical organisation such as the IESL!

    Sengodan. M

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    Dun you have commented on GLP. GLP is the wonder boy, he has 10 brains, 20 hands, 20 legs, 10 p…ses.A modern engineering creation.

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      You forgot the many tongues of GLP. In his political career how many different tongues has he spoken with? The man is the epitome of a shameless opportunist.

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        But never forget that GLP was a dean for faculty of law. Interestingly the very same lernt man stay deaf being in the board of most criminal minded, abusive, corrupted leader that srilanka ever produced -MR.

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