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Floriculture Clinic, Exhibition & Workshop on 25 October 2013

A Floriculture Clinic, Exhibition & Workshop was held on 25 October 2013 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 07 under the distinguished patronage of the First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa. It was organized by the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (AVMAS), University Grants Commission jointly with Mike Flora (Pvt.) Ltd. The objectives of the above workshop were

1. To identify policy issues and institutional, technological and infrastructural constraints relating to the strengthening and expansion of the floriculture industry to meet domestic and export       market needs

2. To identify high priority research concerns in floriculture as an export industry

3.To develop synergistic partnerships between academia and relevant public and private sector institutions at home and abroad to develop a robust and competitive floriculture industry

4. To provide a platform for the growers, traders, entrepreneurs and the like to showcase their novel and innovative varieties, products and services

5. To formulate strategies and pragmatic recommendations to overcome the issues and constraints referred to above for submission to relevant ministries and institutions for implementation. 



Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson, UGC  welcoming the chief guest


Chief guest, madam shiranthi wickramasinghe rajapaksa lighting the oil lamp


Mr. (Law student) & Miss Spundrika Subasinghe (First year science student) of Univ. of Colombo compering at the conference


Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama delivering the welcome address


Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, vice chairman, UGC delivering the opening remarks


Dr. W.W. Gamage, Secretary, ministry of Botanical Gradens and Public Recreation delivering his address


Some highlights of the inaugaral session of the workshop


Chief guest opening the exhibition


Dr. DSA Wijesundara, Director General, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya delivering his presentation on Recent Technological Advances and Emerging Trends in Floriculture


Prof. Sriyani Peiris, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya delivering her presentation on Research & Development and Innovations for Improved Competitiveness and Demand


Mrs. Ramya Weerakoon, Chairperson, Ramya Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd., delivering her presentation on Floriculture as a Source of Employment and Business for Women


Prof. S. Subasinghe, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna and Mr. Mihindu Keerthiratne, Managing Director, Mike Flora (Pvt.) Ltd. Devlering their presentation on Public Private Partnerships for a Robust and Competitive Floriculture Industry


Mr. Rizvi Zaheed, Managing Director, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited delivering his speech on Domistic and International Trade and Marketing for Greater Profits and Market Share


Prof. Ranjith Senaratne delivering the concluding remarks and way forward

 

Visit of the delegation from Jain University (JU) India to University Grants Commission and Universities from 6 - 9 August 2013

As a follow-up to the Vcon, a delegation of 6 participants from JU visited Sri Lanka from 6 - 9 August 2013. The delegation was composed of academics and administrative officers of the JU including Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Chairman of the Jain Group of Institutions, Prof. P.C. Deshmukh , Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, Dr. N. Sundararajan,   Vice Chancellor, JU,  Prof. Sridhara Murthi, Expert on Satellites; Space Missions, Space Physics, Prof. N.V.H. Krishnan, Emerging technology, Innovation, Micro-air vehicles and Ms. Aparna Prasad,  Director, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs. The aim of this visit was to encourage and promote a vibrant research culture, academic cooperation and entrepreneurship between Sri Lankan Public Universities and JU.

They had visited University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and University of Peradeniya and met academics and administrative officers of the respective universities. They had reserved time to meet the Hon. Minister of Higher Education, Chairperson, Vice Chairman and administrative officers of the UGC also among their visit.


Visit to the UGC 


 

Discussing with the academic and administrative staff of respective Universities


Discussing with the Hon. Minister of Higher Education, Secretary of the Ministry, Deputy High Commissioner of India, UGC and University staff 


 

Meet Hon. SB Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education


 

Concluding remarks made at the UGC


 

Signing a MOU between UGC & JU

 

 

 

 

 

Harmony Centers in Universities

UGC as the apex body of the university education spearheads reconciliation efforts of the university communities to strengthen the Sri Lankan spirit and contribute to the nation's stability.  As an initiative, an Advisory Committee and a Steering Committee are to be established on “University Harmony”.  The Advisory Committee is to provide the strategic directions by developing policies and guidelines, advice the management in universities/HEIs and to provide assistance to ensure resources for creation of University Harmony Centers. 

The Advisory Committee will be Chaired by Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson of the UGC.  The other members of the Committee are Prof. Ranjith Senarathne (Vice Chairman of the UGC), Chairman of the Committee of the Vice Chancellors and Directors, Vice Chancellors of University of Jaffna, Eastern University and South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Prof. C. G. Weeramanthry, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, Attorney General (or a nominee), Inspector General of Police and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. The Steering Committee on Harmony will carry out the Harmony Centre initiatives based on the Advisory Committee guidelines. The Steering Committee is consisted of Prof. Ranjith Senarathne (Chairman of the Committee), Vice Chancellors, Student Counselors of Universities and Ms Nirekha De Silva. While the UGC Advisory Committee and Steering Committee will guide the strategic directions on reconciliation and harmony efforts, the Harmony Centers are to be created in each university to implement relevant strategies at institutional level.  Further, University Advisory Committees and University Steering Committees are also to be established at university level to strengthen and support the activities of the “Harmony Centers”. 

 
 

John Keells Foundation organizes historic industrial tour of the John Keells Group for Management Students of the University of Jaffna

The Final Year undergraduates of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Jaffna were given a comprehensive industrial tour of the John Keells Group from 17th–22nd June 2013 under the coordination of John Keells Foundation. The six-day tour was aimed at facilitating fourth year students reading for a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree to gain practical insights of key industries, functions and strategies of the Group and develop greater awareness of career opportunities in these industries.

The request for the tour was initiated by Mr. V. Kumaradeepan, Lecturer in Marketing, during the Soft Skills Workshops conducted by John Keells Foundation in the University of Jaffna in March 2013. The Foundation, with the full support of the GEC, Sector Heads, Business Heads, HR community and Sector CSR coordinators, successfully carried out this tour for a group comprising 94 students and 04 faculty members.

The students received valuable insights into the operations of SAGT, LMS, Supermarkets, InfoMate, JKCS, Property, Plantations, Resorts, Leisure Inbound, CCS and finished their tour with a visit to the City Hotels followed by lunch at Cinnamon Grand. 


 The students and Faculty members with personnel of John Keells Foundation and Cinnamon Grand

 
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