iPURSE 2021 organized by the Faculty of Arts was successfully held on 11th and 12th of November 2021. Academic staff of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, contributed 12 oral and 03 poster presentations under the themes; COVID 19: issues and solutions, Health & Society and Education for Transformation. "Effect of Sri Lankan herbal formulas on cariogenic bacteria, use of eruption status of teeth to predict gender and effects of COVID-19 pandemic on dental students' performance at examinations" were few of the interesting papers presented at this event.
In keeping with the current COVID pandemic related restrictions pre-recorded presentations were played at the event with the presenting authors responding to questions posed by conference chair Emeritus Prof N. A. de S. Amaratunga and the discussant Prof J.A.M.S Jayathilake.
A highlight of the closing ceremony, two eminent scholars from the faculty, Prof S.L Ekanayake and Prof. W.M Tilakaratne received "Tier 4 research awards" for their substantial contribution to scientific literature.
Prof Manjula Attygalla, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was unanimously elected as the new dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences on 06th August 2021. At this event, the new Vice Chancellor of University, Prof. M. D. Lamawansa thanked the incumbent dean Dr. Vajira Jayasinghe who steered the faculty to achieve an ‘A’ grade in the programme review in 2019 and urged the new dean to implement the recommendations of the programme review report and steer the faculty towards better ranks.
The outstanding researchers of the Faculty of Dental Sciences were awarded certificates for their contribution towards research in the year 2020 at the Faculty board meeting held on 3rd August 2021. The most outstanding researchers in the Tier I category were Prof. Ruwan Jayasinghe and Prof. Primali Jayasooriya while those in the Tier II category were Dr. Indika Tilakumara, Dr. Nishanthi Vithanaarachchi, Dr. Manori Jayasinghe, Dr. Nadeena Jayasuriya and Dr. Madhavi Paranagama.
The Comprehensive care unit, Implant unit and the Skills laboratory of the faculty were ceremonially opened on 29th July 2021. The vice chancellor - Prof Upul Dissanayake was the chief guest of this occasion. The deputy vice chancellor - Prof Parakrama Karunaratne, former director of the AHEAD project - Prof Buddhi Marambe, current director of the AHEAD project - Prof Ruwan Jayasinghe and the dean of the faculty - Dr Vajira Jayasinghe were also present. Rest of the academic and nonacademic staff members participated in the event via zoom from K. Bambaradeniya auditorium.
Donation of nineteen (19) used microscopes to eleven (11) schools in the central province by the Department of Basic Sciences was held on 9th February 2021 at the Board Room, Faculty of Dental Sciences. The Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Head, Department of Basic Sciences, Assistant Registrar/FDS, academic staff members of the Department of Basic Sciences, representatives from the General Service Department and Security Division of UoP and teachers and principals of the schools were participated at the ceremony. This is the first time that used microscopes are donated to school by the Faculty of Dental Sciences.
Mr. D. D. Ihalagedara, Mr. R. M. A. Rathnakumara, and Mr. D. K. G. D. S. B. Wijerathna of the Department of Basic Sciences were awarded the best performed technical officer, laboratory attendant and work aid, respectively in recognition of the most outstanding performance and contribution to the Department of Basic Sciences in the year 2019. Parameters evaluated were contribution to academic development and research, other significant contributions to the institute, punctuality and attendance,attitudes and outlook to work, leadership and personality and reliability and responsibility.
The library orientation programme for the new entrants (2018/2019 batch) of the Faculty Dental Sciences was successfully completed in the months of February and March. This programme consisted of 4 sessions which included introduction to the medical and dental libraries, practical session on proper use of library facilities, registration in the library and a visit to the main library. Seventy eight students participated in this programme and the resource persons were Mr. Sunil Premarathne, senior assistant librarian, dental sciences library and Ms. Dilani Abeyrathne, senior assistant librarian, medical library.
Diploma awards ceremony of the Dental Auxiliary Training School was held on 11th February 2020 at the K Bambaradeniya Auditorium Faculty of Dental Sciences. Dr. JAVP Jayasinghe, the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences graced this occasion as the chief guest. Dr. IP Thilakumara the Director / DATS delivered the welcome address. This event took place with the participation of Cnl. Anoja Weerakon, Deputy Director / Sri Lanka Army Dental Servicers, Wing Commander Pradeep Jayashantha representative Sri Lanka Air Force / Dental Services, many academic and non academic staff members of the faculty, diploma recipients and the present trainees of the DATS.
In his speech, the chief guest Dr. JAVP Jayasinghe highlighted the contribution of the Dental Auxiliaries as important members of the Dental team. He further advised the Diploma recipients to keep up with the modern technology when they start to practice at their respective institutions.
This was the first ever awards ceremony held to award a Higher Diploma in Dental Technology and Diploma in Dental Assisting. Total of 43 Dental Auxiliaries attached to Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Ministry of Health and Faculty of Dental Sciences were awarded the respective Diplomas.
The acting matron of the Dental Teaching Hospital, Mrs. Shiroma Senevirathne proposed the vote of thanks on this occation.
Workshop on clinical photography for academic and non-academic staff was held on 21st January 2020 at E Lab. Mr. Chanuka Thiyambarawatta, Professional Photographer and Prof. AM Attygalla, Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery were the resource persons of this workshop. Both academic and non academic staff members who participated in this workshop had a very good experience in how to use mobile phone in clinical photography, how to improve a photo and hands on session in taking photographs with a mobile device and editing using mobile app and photoshop. This workshop was organized by Director, DELU together with the executive committee of the Dental Faculty E-Learning Unit.
The welcome ceremony for the new entrants of the Faculty of Dental Sciences was held on 13th January 2020 at the K. Bambaradeniya auditorium of the faculty. The event was graced by the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice chancellor, and the Deans of the Faculties of University of Peradeniya. At this event, Emeritus Professor A.N.I. Ekanayake, a former dean of the faculty, inspired the new entrants with his inaugural speech. Present first year students entertained their new-coming brothers and sisters with dance and music to make this a pleasant and memorable event for them.