By Charith Pathirana, President of Youth Nuclear Society of Sri Lanka
The Youth Nuclear Society of Sri Lanka was established in 2008 and had been actively involved in promotion of peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology among Sri Lankan youth until 2015. After three years of inactivity, the Youth Nuclear Society of Sri Lanka held an annual general meeting on 23 May 2018 at National Centre for Non-Destructive Testing, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, with the participation of some existing members as well as the enthusiastic youth from number of institutions and universities in Sri Lanka.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Vajira Waduge, Director General of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, explained the current applications and the future perspectives of nuclear science and technology in Sri Lanka. The basics of nuclear power generation, the status and the challenges to nuclear power planning in the country was presented by Mr. Malinda Ranaweera, patron of YNSS, and introduced Youth Nuclear Society of Sri Lanka. In his presentation, he also described the objectives and past activities of YNSS and expressed the importance of the knowledgeable youth to confront those challenges.
Expressing the views to the audience, members conveyed their pleasure and gratitude for reactivating the society and indicated the importance of conducting knowledge dissemination activities to general public starting from the school level. Further, they expressed the significance of engaging the Sri Lanka nuclear scientists, who are employed in other countries, to YNSS activities and hence to the development of nuclear industry in country.
The following officers were elected at the annual general meeting:
|President||Mr. Charith Pathirana (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board)|
|Secretary||Mr. Poshitha Dabare (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board)|
|Treasurer||Ms. A. B. C. Jayani (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board)|
|Bulletin editor||Mr. Praveen De Alwis (IMS Holdings)|
|Research project chair||Mr. N. N. Jackshan (Full-time Inventor)|
|Web chair||Ms. Prathibha Wimalasiri (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board)|
|Technical programme chair||Mr. Pramod Madushanka (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council)|
|Public relations chair||Mr. Anuja Jayasekara (University of Peradeniya)|
|Media chair||Mr. Mohomed Afnan (Institute of Chemistry Ceylon)|
|Institutional Representative||Ms. Erandi Disanayaka (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council)|