Date: 26th August 2011

Time: 3.30pm

Venue: Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Auditorium, UCSC.

Title: Vision in IT

Orator: Vidya Jothi Professor  Arjuna P.R. Aluwihare, Department of Surgery, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The orator, a National of Sri Lanka, is now Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Peradeniya was born in 1939 and marrying in 1966, he has four children.

He schooled at Trinity College in Kandy, and did his basic medical degree at Kings College, Cambridge and the London Hospital (UK) in 1963. He received many prizes and scholarships  in school and universities, and extracurricular interests- especially playing the Cello, and sports (earlier athletics, rugby and tennis and latterly water skiing and white water rafting).

His postgraduate work was done in Sri Lanka and England with the FRCS in 1966, and the M.Chir (Cambridge) in 1970 at the Royal College of Surgeons of London and St. Marks Hospital. He joined the University in 1971. After this he has concurrently held many medical and then surgical posts in Sri Lanka, England, Kuwait etc and many visits to hospitals in over 25 countries. Locum Consultant work in England in 1979, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002,  2003 ,2004-2006. Professor of Surgery at the University of Peradeniya from 1985 to 2004.

He was at one time Vice Chancellor of his University (1988-89), Chairman of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka (1989-93), member of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (1997-2000), and member of the Regional and Global Advisory Committee of Health Research of the WHO (1992-2000). As Chairman of the Board of Study in Surgery of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine in Colombo (1995 to 2004)- he had an oversight of the Surgical Training in the whole country. He has examined in the Final Fellowships in London, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangla Desh, in addition to Sri Lanka. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Surgery for many years. He was founder President of the SAARC Surgical Care Society and Past President of the Medical Section of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science,  South East Asian Regional Association of Medical Education, and of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. He has a Trinity Lion for Educational Services.

He is Ex President of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and Chairman of Pugwash- Sri Lanka section; he has an Honorary Fellowship of the Bangla Desh College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Ad Hominem Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons on England, an Honorary DSc of the University of Sabaragamuwa, an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Chemistry, and a Hon. Fellowship of the International Medical Sciences Academy. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Network for Human Rights of Academies and Scholarly Societies based at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington.

He has written widely on electron microscopy, surgical matters (including new operations), community, education, and human rights topics. Particularly interesting is the interaction between surgical matters in developing countries- work and training, new technologies, development, and Health in general. including a Chapter in recent Oxford Text Book of Surgery, and a Disc Book updating the London FRCS STEP course in collaboration with the RCS, London, and COL Vancouver and the development of the ISS program of the RCS England including a Chapter in recent Oxford Text Book of Surgery, and a Disc Book updating the London FRCS STEP course in collaboration with the RCS, London, and COL Vancouver
He has traveled widely in connection with University, Human Rights, and Health matters, examining, delivering prestigious lectures, and participating in decision-making committees, in many countries in the East and West (including a Hunterian Professorship Lecture on a new operation for Imperforate Anus at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, and several orations in India, BanglaDesh, England and Sri Lanka).

He has visited hospitals and medical schools in Asia, Europe, sub Saharan Africa. South and North America, and Australia. The Sri Lanka Government honored him in 1998 with the Title Vidya Jothi for outstanding contributions to Science.