The Engineering Design Center (EDC), Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya was requested to conduct a programmer on Training for Trainers (TOT) by North East Local Service Improvement Project (NELSIP) of Ministry of Provincial Council and Local Government.
The programme was funded by the World Bank and initiated by Mr. A.R. Pramila Wijesigha, Chief Engineer, NELSIP Project, upon identifying training requirements in relation to engineering disciplines of his technical staff. This project was instrumented through the leadership of former Director of EDC, Dr. S.B. Wijekoon and successfully implemented under the guidance of Dr. B.G.L.T. Samaranayake, Director of EDC . The programme was spanned through the period of 20th January 2017 to 15th July 2017 and nearly 175 technical officers were trained whom were nominated by the NELSIP. Meals and accommodation facility within the University of Peradeniya was given to all the participants throughout the programme as requested by the ministry.
The following certificate courses were offered to each batch of 25 technical officers :
- Certificate Course on Land Surveying using Modern Equipment
- Certificate Course for on Geographical Information Systems
- Certificate Course for on Preparation and Maintenance of Machinery
- Certificate Course on AutoCAD
- Certificate Course on Quality Control System on Construction Work
- Certificate Course on Preparation of Estimates and Bid Documents
- Certificate Course on Landscaping in Sites
The resource panel comprised with academic staff from the Faculty of Engineering and majority were from the industry those who had experience well over 20 years in the field of subject they undertaken. The outsourced resource personnel were selected under the scrutiny of EDC Management Committee.
The certificate awarding ceremony of the first batch was held on the 9th December 2017 at Hotel Earl’s Regent, Kandy. The Chief Guest was Mr. Darshana Bandara Samarakoon, Project Coordinator of the NELSIP and the Guest of Honour was Eng. T. M. J. Tennakoon of Consultant Engineers Associates. The event was graced by Prof. Leelanada Rajapaksha Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mr. Premila Wijesinghe, Chief Engineers of NELSIP, Mr. Daminda Kumara, Senior Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments, members of the resource pool and the Director EDC. The event was attended by almost all the participants of the TOT programme. Some highlights of the event are shown in the pictures below: