International Institute of Health Science (IIHS), Sri Lanka’s premier and leading healthcare education institute renowned for the high-quality education in Sri Lanka has stepped up to promote sustainable living through a novel concept of “Giving back to Nature” by planting native plants to protect and promote the growth of nature.
Having understood the repercussions of neglecting nature, the IIHS family were united in their efforts where all staff members brought their own tree saplings and planted it whilst tagging their names to each plant, thus granting each member the responsibility of tending to the growth and sustenance of each plant through the application of fertilizer and protecting it from insects.
The event was positively accepted and graced by Dr.Nihal De Silva, Chairman/Dean – IIHS, Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe – CEO/Co-founder – IIHS, members of the Board of Directors, Higher management of IIHS and all attending staff.
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Multiform Chemicals (Pvt) Ltd through its Chairman Thilak Karunaratne, Former President of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo and Council Member of the University of Colombo donated a brand new 33 seater air conditioned luxury passenger bus to the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo at a simple ceremony held at the College House of the University of Colombo,
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Senior Professor Chandrika N. Wijeyaratne accepted the keys to the passenger bus from the Senior Alumnus Thilak Karunaratne. Dean of the Faculty of Science, Senior Professor Upul Sonnadara, President of the Alumni Association, Rajeev Amarasuriya, the Registrar K.A.S. Edward, Bursar S. Jayasooriya, Members of the Academic and Administrative Staff and Alumni were present.
The Vice Chancellor expressed the university’s heartfelt gratitude to Karunaratne and his family. She acknowledged their sincerity in filling a long-felt void in the academic schedules of the Faculty of Science in the provision of student learning and research opportunities through field visits.