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‘Way forward through Pandemic’

Professor Neelika Malavige, the Head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, delivered the 16th Annual Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration on Monday, August 31 on Zoom on “The Covid-19 Pandemic : The way forward through impactful research”.

This was the first Sujata Jayawardena Oration, which was held virtually and was customised to fit into the new format with over 1,000 participants.

The inaugural address was by Rajeev Amarasuriya, President Alumni Association, who at the outset invited the participants to observe a moment of silence in memory of all those persons who had lost their lives to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Amarasuriya said that what was important now in a crisis like this was to take a step back, reflect on the issues, think afresh and reassess the situation.

He went on to state that it was in this context that the Alumni Association decided on the timely topic for this Oration.

Vice Chancellor Senior Prof. Chandrika Wijeyaratne spoke of the late Sujata Jayawardena and her contribution to society at large.

The Vice Chancellor introduced Prof. Neelika Malavige, who is a proud Alumnus of the University of Colombo and with her many achievements and successes, and also stated that the real measure of education was not the number of degrees, certificates or diplomas held or the number of grants, projects, orations, papers or citations one may have, but to be an intellectual who possesses the rights values, attitudes, behaviour and makes contributions to the mankind, and that Prof. Malavige personified all these attributes.


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