At the handing over
At a simple ceremony held at the College House of the University of Colombo, Multiform Chemicals 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.
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. She highlighted the commitment of Alumni in the development of the University that will inspire the student body to value their alma mater throughout their life. Dean Faculty of Science recalled that this was the largest contribution received by the faculty from a single donor.
Alumni President Rajeev Amarasuriya said that Thilak Karunaratne had been a benefactor of the University of Colombo for many years now and was greatly appreciative of the latest donation of this passenger bus to the Science Faculty for the use of the students and staff.
He called upon more alumni of the university to take a cue from Karunaratne and give back to the University of Colombo, when possible. “We have received so much from the University, we must give back whenever possible,” he went on to state.
Handing over of the bus