9.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Arrival of Guests and Refreshments
10.00 a.m. – 10.15 a.m. Lighting of the Oil Lamp and National Anthem
10.15 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Welcome Address and Brief Introduction to IChemC by the President
10.30 a.m. – 10.50 a.m. Religious Activities and Laying of the Foundation Stones
10.50 a.m. – 10.55 a.m. Address by the Chief Guest and Unveiling of the Ceremonial Plaque
10.55 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. Planting of Memorial Trees
11.15 a.m. – 11.20 a.m. Tokens of Appreciation
11.20 a.m. – 11.25 a.m. Vote of Thanks
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the College of Chemical Sciences,
Institute of Chemistry Ceylon-Malabe Campus
The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon established in 1971, the successor to the Chemical Society of Ceylon founded in 1941 is the only professional body for chemists responsible for maintenance and enhancement of the profession of Chemistry in Sri Lanka. The Institute has been conducting the Graduateship in Chemistry Programme since 1979 and has the prestige of being the largest producer of Graduate Chemists annually in Sri Lanka seeking employment in the industry. The Graduateship in Chemistry Programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and is well recognized internationally enabling graduates to secure postgraduate opportunities in prestigious universities around the world.
The College of Chemical Sciences which was established in 2001 is the education arm of the Institute. In addition to conducting the Graduateship in Chemistry Programme, the College hopes to commence the B.Sc. (Honours) Degree in Chemistry programme from 2020. The proposed degree programme will produce chemists with an outstanding knowledge and possessing skills not only in diverse fields of chemistry but also in the field of management. It is hope that these graduates will seek employment in industries in Sri Lanka contributing towards economic development.
The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon has initiated the construction of an educational building complex at Halbarawa, Malabe on a plot of land of 1 acre and 6.04 perches received from the Urban Development Authority in 2017 with the direction of honourable Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development. The foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of the proposed building complex, the College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon – Malabe Campus will be held on 30th September 2019 with honourable Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest. Many distinguished invitees including foreign diplomats, and representatives of Ministries and Kaduwela Municipal Council/Kotikawatte-Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Saba and Past Presidents of the Institute would participate in the event. Furthermore, renowned scientists and industrialists in the country, and staff, students and members of the Institute/College will also attend the event.
The completion of the construction of the Malabe Campus will enable the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon to produce a higher number of chemistry graduates annually to serve the country paving towards sustainable economic development. This event no doubt will be a milestone in the history of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon. We wish the Institute if Chemistry Ceylon all the very best to reach greater heights in the years to come.
Dr Chayanika Padumadasa and Dr Ireshika De Silva
Hony. Joint Secretaries
Institute of Chemistry Ceylon