Research and Development - Path to National Development | Sunday Observer

Research and Development - Path to National Development

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe inspects some of the engineering research projects presented by undergraduate and postgraduate research students of the Peradeniya University at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla last week. Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University Prof. Upul Dissanayake and other senior academics are also present. Picture by Sudath Nishantha
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe inspects some of the engineering research projects presented by undergraduate and postgraduate research students of the Peradeniya University at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla last week. Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University Prof. Upul Dissanayake and other senior academics are also present. Picture by Sudath Nishantha

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) of the University of Peradeniya held its annual Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research and Project Symposium (EEERaPS) for the fourth consecutive year at the Water’s Edge, Battaramulla last week.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the chief guest and CEO, LTL Holdings Pvt. Ltd., Eng. U. D. Jayawardena was the guest of honour. The theme of the symposium was ‘Research and Development - Path to National Development’, which aimed at recognizing undergraduate and postgraduate research and consolidating a research culture in the Faculty, while paving the way for national contribution through research.

The DEEE, being a part of the number one university in Sri Lanka, the University of Peradeniya, has been pioneering in producing quality research at national and international levels.

Over 40 undergraduate and graduate level projects and research, covering areas of electrical power and renewable energy, high voltage engineering, electrical machines, robotics and control systems, communication systems and information technology electronics and instrumentation, biomedical engineering and nanotechnology was demonstrated during the symposium. At present, the local engineering industry expects higher education institutions to produce graduates who possess attributes of critical thinking, analytical skills and sufficient hands on exposure.

The DEEE has addressed these expectations through the research project component in the undergraduate curriculum, by facilitating students with a platform to utilize the knowledge acquired in the academic program, while acquire knowledge on modern trends in the relevant industries and R&D sector. These projects give them the opportunity to develop a strong sense of creativity, communication skills, and team work, in turn helping students, to a greater extent, to prepare for the demands in the current industry.

Through this event, participants are exposed to novel and cutting edge, locally developed solutions to relevant engineering problems and undergraduates get the opportunity to understand industry expectations.

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