Prof. V K Samaranayake Management Committee Message

6th June, 2011
Dear Well-wisher,

Professor V K Samaranayake Endowment Fund

Prof. V K Samaranayake, founding Director of the UCSC and the father of IT in Sri Lanka was a remarkable man. He had the vision of where IT in Sri Lanka and where the UCSC should be in ten to twenty years time, which no one had ever dreamed of. He was simply ahead of his time, a visionary and a man of many talents.

He was a leader and a meticulous planner. The Reading-Colombo link, UNDP and JICA funding for the Department of Statistics and Computer Science, and the Institute of Computer Technology, setting up of CINTEC, founding of e-governance activities in SL, the IITC conference are a few of the initiatives with which his name would be associated forever.

He had many friends, both local and foreign, and they equally appreciated his skills in managing projects, getting things done, and most of all, being a good friend.

With his sudden demise in June 2007, Sri Lanka and in particular the UCSC lost an able leader in its endeavors towards IT development. With the pioneering efforts of his immediate family, the UCSC started the Prof VKS Endowment Fund to perpetuate his memory. This Fund among other things is expected to enable foreign visiting scholars to spend time at UCSC enriching its teaching and research capabilities. We have also been running a Prof VK Samaranayake Memorial Oration annually. The 4th Prof VK Samaranayake Memorial Oration will be delivered by Prof Arjuna Aluwihare on 26th August 2011 at 3pm at the UCSC.

On 22nd May and on 5th June his 72nd birth anniversary and his 4th death anniversary were commemorated respectively. As a mark of respect and gratitude towards this great man's contribution to the development of the field of Computing in Sri Lanka, and in particular to the University of Colombo, we are planning to have a major drive to increase contributions to the Fund.

As a very close colleague and a friend as well as a student of Prof VK Samaranayake, we write to you, in earnest, to solicit your valued contributions towards the Endowment Fund. We believe that you will contribute in whatever way you can to enhance programme under the endowment scheme.

We have attached to this letter a short pictorial brochure, highlighting some events in his life.

We thank you for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Prof G N Wikramanayake

On behalf of the Endowment Fund Management Committee

Members of Professor V K Samaranayake Endowment Fund Management Committee:

Prof. GN Wikramanayake, BSc(Col), MSc (Cardiff), PhD (Cardiff), MBCS, CITP, MIEEE, MCSSL - Director of UCSC. He is also the Chairman of the BCS the Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section.

Dr. DN Ranasinghe, BSc(Lond), MSc (Lond), DIC (Lond), PhD(Cardiff), MIEEE, MIEE - Deputy Director of UCSC since 2008. Dr Ranasinghe has been a head of Department for several years.

Mrs. S Samaranayake, - Wife of Late Prof. VK Samaranayake. She was a Deputy Commissioner of the Dept of Inland Revenue.

Deshamanya Dr. M D D Peiris - Served in various positions in government as a member of the Ceylon Civil Service and thereafter, the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. Among the positions held were those of Secretary to the Prime Minister and Secretary to the Ministries of Agriculture, Food and Co-operatives; Public Administration Provincial Councils and Home Affairs and Education and Higher Education. He has served and still serves on numerous Boards and Councils in the Public Sector; private sector and the University sector. He is a Bachelor of Arts of the University of Ceylon and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, U.K.

Prof. TR Ariyaratne, Bsc(Col), PhD(Durham) - Dean of the Faculty of Science since Jan 2008. He is a professor of Physics. Prof Ariyaratne graduated from University of Ceylon and obtained his PhD from Durham University, UK.

Mr. N Selvakkumaran, LLM, MPhil (Col), Attorney at Law - Presently the Dean/Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. Mr. DTSH Mudalige, ACA, FCMA, APNGIA - Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Prof. Kamani Tennakoon, MBBS, PHD(Sheffield) - Director Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. She is a professor of Physiology.     

Deshamanya Deva Rodrigo, FCA – He is a Board Member of John Keells Group and Ceylon Tobacco Co. He was a Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Sri Lanka and Maldives. He is also a past Chairman Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Deepal Sooriyarachchi, FCIM, MBA – Executive Development/Business Consultant, Former Managing Director of Eagle Insurance. He is a fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, U.K and a Board Member of Sampath Bank.

Payment details :

Bank A/c Name: University of Colombo School of Computing – Project
Bank Name : People's Bank
Branch : Thimbirigasyaya
Bank Address : People's Bank, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo 05
Account No: 086-1-001-1-1191222
Swift Code: PSBKLKLX - 023

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