Twenty-Fifth Annual Sessions Summary

Twenty-Fifth Annual Scientific Sessions of the JSA

The announcement about the 25th Annual Scientific Sessions of JSA was published in the Valampuri daily newspaper on May 4, 2018. The sessions held on May 8, 9 & 10, 2018 at the University of Jaffna on the theme Career Development for Sustainable Employability.

The inaugural session was chaired by the President, Mrs.S.M.C.Mahenthiran Aloysius. The chief guest and Professor K. Balasubramaniam gold medal recipient, Professor Godwin Roger Constantine, Professor in Cardiology and Head, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo delivered the Prof. Kandiah Balasubramaniam gold medal lecture on ‘Aiming for Better Control of Diabetes through New Therapeutic Options’. The lecture was well attended. After the gold medal lecture, Silver Jubilee magazine, Pirayoga vingnana Sudar, Yazhin Thedal and JSA Newsletters were released by the respective editors followed by uploading of the first research article in JJSA by the Chief Editor of JJSA, Professor S Noble Surendran and release of the documentary on ‘JSA in 25 years’  by Dr.S.Mahesan.

During the sectional sessions, addresses of sectional chairpersons and popular lectures were delivered.


Chairperson Address

Popular Lecture


Promoting Employability Skills within the Science Curriculum

by Dr.G.Sashikesh

Education and Employment

by Dr.P.Abiman


Sustainable Employment in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

by Dr.E.Y.A.Charles

Adaptive Packages of Agronomic Practices for Climate Smart Agriculture

by Dr.(Mrs.)S.Sivachandiran


Standard of Nursing Care reflects on Quality Care & Safety of Patients

by Mrs.L.Kamalaruban

Community based Elderly Care in Northern Sri Lanka: Opportunities & Challenges

by Dr.P.A.D.Coonghe


Need of Policy Formation for the Northern Province Youth

by Dr.S.Jeevasuthan

Career Prosperity in Service Sector: Tourism as a Budding Profession

by Mr.R.Koodeeswaran

The Theme Seminar was chaired by Prof.T.Velnampy. The panel members shared their knowledge and experiences, and discussed on the selected topics with audience. The session was informative and thought-provoking.

Theme Seminar Topic


Career Development through Scientific Research

Eng. Kathirgamathamby Yogeswaran,

Freelance Development Practitioner

Application of Science for Sustainable Employment

Mr. Balathasan Sayanthan,

CBDO-hSenid Mobile

Health Human Resource in Sri Lankan Context

Dr. Dileep De Silva,

Head/Health HR Division,
Ministry of Health, SL

Out of the 34 abstracts received, 32 were accepted for presentation after a rigorous double-blind review process and only 28 abstracts were presented at the 25th Annual Scientific Sessions.

The 25th Annual General Meeting of the Jaffna Science Association (Guarantee) Limited was held on 10 May  2018. Later on the day, the incoming President of  the JSA, Dr.P.Iyngaran, delivered the presidential address on ‘Green Chemistry’, followed by the most expected awarding ceremony in which  medals and certificates were given away to the winners of School Science Programme conducted as a main part of the JSA programmes  in 2017/18.

A memorial fund for awarding gold medal for the English and Tamil Oration in the field of Science and Technology annually had been established with the generous financial assistance from the children of late Professor Kunaratnam in recognition of Late Professor Kunaratnam's immense contribution in the field of Science and Technology and to the educational development of the Jaffna community. The first gold medals for English and Tamil orations were awarded to Ms. Nikethanaa Kesavan of J/Chundikuli Girls’ College and Ms. Mathusa Sirisena of V/Rambaikulam Girls Maha Vidyalayam respectively. The gold medalists delivered their orations at the 25th Annual Scientific Sessions of JSA.

Uinspire Digital Academy (Pvt.) Ltd., Northern Central Hospital, Peoples Bank, Bank of Ceylon, John Keells Office Automation (Pvt.) Ltd. and Centre for Governance Innovations sponsored the 25th Annual Sessions financially.


Programme Schedule is here


General Secretary / 25th Executive Committee