Science Exhibition to celebrate 50th Anniversary of University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Theme: Science for Social Transformation
Building developed Sri Lanka thorough Science and Technology.
Opening of ViduJaya Science Exhibition at University of Sri Jayewardenepura on 19 February 2009. Prof Tuley de Silva, Dr. NLA Karunaratna (Vice Chancellor), Prof Ajit Abeysekera (Dean, Faculty of Applied science), Prof. PW Epasinghe (Advisor to H.E the President), Prof Nalin de Silva are present in the photograph. ViduJaya exhibition was conducted from 19 - 23 February 2009, and large crowds were present at the exhibition stalls. Practicals and special lectures were conducted for school children.
University of Sri Jayeawardenepura, Sri Lanka which started in 1959 celebrates its 50th Golden Jubilee in 2009. Several events have been planned and one such activity is the Exhibition in the Faculty of Applied Science.
What can you see in the Exhibition?
This exhibition is conducted by eight departments in the Faculty of Applied Science.
Food Science & Technology
Forestry & Environmental Science
Statistics & Computer Science
Goals of the Exhibition
Showcase examples of science and its impact on society
Highlight how science moves through all aspects of society, from universities to industry and to final users
Cover a wide range of disciplines important to society, including life sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences and mathematical sciences
Stimulate visitors to discover the relevance and importance of research in science and inspire students to pursue science education and careers
Provide visitors with an interactive and hands-on learning experience
Serve as a possible source of teaching material for high school teachers and potentially provide accessibility through electronic means (interactive video, Internet etc.)
Towards cultivating Scientific culture in Sri Lanka
We are now entering knowledge era, and to develop as a nation it is required to cultivate scientific culture in Sri Lanka. Science is still not the main stream, we do lots of experiments but there impact on the society is very little.
Hence Science has to be promoted to the general public and to entrepreneurs.
The first step towards innovation culture is to adopt existing technologies to local situation. Countries like South Korea and Singapore grew quickly by adopting existing technologies often handed down from Japan before becoming research and innovation hubs in their own right. Hence we also must try to get inputs from all sources (government, other universities, R&D institutes, private sector, discoveries in other countries) in exhibiting most relevant scientific discoveries available which can be used in development.