Date: 9th September 2015

Time: 4.00pm

Venue: BMICH, Committee Room A

Title: The Quality of Education Issues of Technological Change and the  Responsibilities of the Universities

Orator: Deshamanya Dharmasiri Pieris, an illustrious retired civil servant

Deshamanya Dharmasiri Pieris is a Graduate of the University of Ceylon (Peradeniya); Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK and has been conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of Colombo and the title of Honorary Senior Fellow by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine.

Deshamanya Pieris is an illustrious retired civil servant, who in the course of his distinguished career in the public service has held several important posts, including that of Secretary to the Prime Minister; Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, Provincial Councils and Home Affairs; Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Co-operatives; Secretary, Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Chairman and Director General of Broadcasting.

He has also acted on several occasions in addition to his duties, in the posts of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and External Affairs and Secretary to the Ministry of Trade and Shipping.

He has at various times been the Chairman of the National Institute of Education; Chairman – Board of Management of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration and Chairman of the Agrarian Research and Training Institute.

He has also served on the Governing Councils or Boards of Management of several Universities and Postgraduate Institutes.

He has been a Director of the People’s Bank, the People’s Merchant Bank and a member of the Rural Credit Advisory Committee of the Central Bank.

He has served as a member of the National Salaries Commission and as a member of the Presidential Commission on Finance and Banking.

Currently, he also serves as Deputy Chairman – Mercantile Merchant Bank Ltd. and Chairman, Board of Management of the Institute of Information Technology.