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The first GIC Student privileged to receive Dr & Mrs. Senthe Shanmuganathan Family Bursary Offered by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon

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Ms Samurdhika Chathurangani was one of the first recipients of the above bursary which was awarded to her while she was following the Graduateship Programme in Chemistry (GIC) at the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon (ICHEMC).

Samurdhika is currently working as a Trainee Chemist at 4ever Skin Natural (Pvt.) Ltd, BOI industrial park, Kandy, Sri Lanka. In a letter of appreciation written to Dr. Sentheshanmuganthan, she had greatfully acknowledged how the financial support received had helped her very much to complete her graduateship studies at the ICHEMC successfully. In fact, she graduated with Second Class (Upper Division) at the convocation ceremony held in February 2017.

The following is the email reply forwarded by Namitha from Canada, daughter of Dr Sentheshanmuganathan

“ Thank you for taking the time to forward the letter of appreciation. My dad was very pleased. It gives us a sense of satisfaction that we have made a difference in someone’s life for the better. 

Our family wishes her the very best in her future endeavors. Her hard work, sacrifice and focus to achieve her goals has paid off. 

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to meet her during my visit.”


his bursary was made possible by a generous donation of 10,000/ Canadian Dollars initially and further some of 10,000 US Dollars subsequently by Dr Sentheshanmuganthan, one of the oldest Members of ICHEMC, now domiciled in Canada.

ICHEMC was established in 1971 as the successor to the Chemical Society of Ceylon. Dr Sentheshanmuganathan was the President of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon in 1972 – 1973, succeeding the first President of the ICHEMC, Dr M.A.V Devanathan.   He received an Honorary Fellowship of the ICHEMC in 2015 at the 44th annual session of the ICHEMC. It may be significant to mention that he was one of the pioneers of the popular Diploma in Laboratory Technology in Chemistry (DLTC) programme conducted at ICHEMC; he was appointed the director of this programme and subsequently became its coordinator.

On behalf of the staff and members of  ICHEMC, we wish Dr Shentheshanmuganathan and his extended family all the very best in all their future endeavours.