Further assistance of science, technology and research field needed
to resolve economic & development issues - President
[November 23 2018]
President Maithripala Sirisena says the government
needs more assistance from the fields of science, technology and
research to resolve the economic and development issues of the country.
He made these remarks addressing the President's
Awards for Scientific Publication held in Colombo, today (19).
President's Awards for Scientific Publication were
started in 2001 to recognize Sri Lankan scientists with a Sri Lankan
institutional affiliation, whose work reached international standards,
and to provide an incentive to increase national scientific
productivity. The Awards Ceremony was organized by the National Research
President Sirisena further said that he will take a
policy decision regarding the necessity of increasing of the financial
allocation from the budget for science, technology and research
The President said that instructions will be provided
to the treasury and experts in the field of economy.
The services provided by scientists, researchers, and
technologists towards the current development of the country were
appreciated by the President.
The President said that the cooperation of the experts
is essential towards solving the economical issues emerged due to the
climatic conditions as well as in the planning of the development
projects. He further stated that we are only providing welfare to the
people in case of droughts, while there is a need for proper management
in a proper program to guide the farmer community as well as the public
to face these challenges with a pre-planned process.
The professors and holders of doctorates and the
fields of agriculture and engineering who engaged in quality scientific
research were appreciation by presenting them with awards.
State Minister Mohan Lal Grero, Secretary of Ministry
of Higher Education and Scientific Research Padmasiri Jayawardena,
Chairmen of National Research Council Prof. Janaka De Silva, Chief
Executive Officer of National Research Council Manisha Rajapakshe, and
scientists, researchers, technologists, and other experts were present
in this event.