Sept 18, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has invited Sri Lankan expatriate Sri Lankan professionals and intellectuals to return to Sri Lanka to serve the country at least for a short period.
Speaking at a function held by the Sri Lanka Engineering Council at the Irrigation Department Auditorium on Tuesday, the President said the country needs to introduce a method to stop the intellectuals and scholars leaving the country and to bring the professionals living abroad, back to Sri Lanka.
The President added that, he expects the seniors and the professionals to come up with the suggestions in order to achieve this task.
The President said that the engineers and medical officers along with the other professionals leaving the country has become a major challenge in the development of country and with Sri Lanka being a democratic country there are no limitations, but everyone must understand their responsibilities towards the country.
The establishment of the Sri Lanka Engineering Council and the opening of its headquarters were also carried out by the President.
The President also proclaimed the September 17 of each year as Sri Lanka Engineering Day. This has come in the wake of the great service provided by the Sri Lanka engineering community in numerous constructions and also parallel to the opening of new headquarters of Sri Lanka Engineering Council.
The President launched the official website of Sri Lanka Engineering Council.
Chairman of Sri Lanka Engineering Council, Professor S.B.S. Abeykoon, Chairman of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Professor T.M. Pallewatta, President of Institution of Incorporated Engineers of Sri Lanka, Eng. P.A.D.R. Chandrasiri, Chairman, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission and Professor Dayantha. S. Wijesekara were also handed certificates by Sri Lanka Engineering Council through the President.
Ministers, Patali Champika Ranawaka, P. Harrison along with the Secretary to Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Anura Dissanayake, State officials and experts in the field were present at the occasion.