The first Vidya Jyothi Prof. V. K. Samaranayake Memorial Oration will be delivered by the 2007 Nobel Co-LaureateProf. Mohan Munasinghe at the Prof. V. K. Samaranayake Auditorium of the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) from 9.30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, 5th June 2008.

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe will deliver the memorial lecture on the topic “Tackling Climate Change and Sustainable Development Problems Together“.

Friends, colleagues and well-wishers are welcome.

Prof. V. K. Samaranayake served the university system and in particular the University of Colombo in many capacities, but is best known as the “Father of Computing” in Sri Lanka. He was the Founder Director of the Institute of Computer Technology and its successor the University of Colombo School of Computing. He retired from the university in 2004 but was honoured by being conferred the Emeritus Professorship at the UCSC. Prof. Samaranayake was the 2nd Chairman of CINTEC, taking over from Prof. Mohan Munasinghe in 1985. He was the Chairman of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka at the time of his untimely demise in 2007.

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe is Chairman, Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND); Vice Chair, U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Geneva; Energy Advisor to the Govt. of Sri Lanka; and Visiting Professor, United Nations Univ., Tokyo. He has served as the Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka (1982-87), and the Advisor to the US President’s Council on Environmental Quality (1990-92). Until 2002, he served in the World Bank as a Senior Manager and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development. He has won a number of international prizes and medals for his research, and authored over 85 books and three hundred technical papers on sustainable development, environment, information technology, energy, water resources, transport, and economics.