An invitation has been extended at Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day celebrations to professionals of Sri Lankan origin in Australia to meet up with SLINTEC [Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pty) Ltd] during their upcoming visit to Australia. The celebrations were held on the evening of 5th Feb 2018 on a grand scale at the Great Hall of the University of Sydney which the Chair of IESL NSW attended. Subsequent to this event, a specific invitation has been received from the Consul General of Sri Lanka for the IESL NSW Chapter to attend a forum with SLINTEC.

SLINTEC is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with 50% shares held by the Sri Lanka Government with the other 50% held by six private sector shareholders. Its objective is to focus on Research and Development in order to position Sri Lanka as an Advanced 21st Century Nation. The organisation’s field of research includes Agriculture, Mineral Resources, Advanced Technologies, Textiles and Apparel, Neutraceuticals and Pharmaceuticals. The organisation invites Expatriate Sri Lankan Scientists and Engineers to converge and collaborate in fostering and developing Nano and advanced technologies.

A large gathering was present at the celebrations with personal invitations having been sent out by the Consul General to key members of the Sri Lankan community. The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka HE S. Skandakumar was also in attendance and made a moving speech. There were speeches from special invitees from amongst Federal and State Government members of Parliament of Australia, as well as the Consul General. The Keynote speech was from from a former Head of Archaeology in Sri Lanka on prehistoric Sri Lanka. Several cultural performances were held including from a new group from Sri Lanka named Voiceprint.

The key theme from the event was the need for Expatriate Sri Lankans to contribute to Sri Lanka’s development in every possible way to uplift the country in all fields. These expectations align well with IESL NSW initiatives to promote knowledge exchange in the field of engineering.

More details on SLINTEC could be found from the website and YouTube as follows.


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