Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Engineering and Politics - PART 2 - By Vickramabahu Karunaratne
READ PART 1 - Resist the Rag
PART 2 - Science Faculty Days
As usual then, we did a one-year spell at the Science Faculty.
I was most impressed with those who taught Mathematics to us: Valentine, Volume and Epa. Some of the fundamentals spelt out by them still ring my ears, and certainly helped me to finish my PhD in electromagnetic theory.
There was professor Milvaganam; frankly I do not remember what subject material he introduced to us. But he gave discourses in ethics, ehiquette, and education in general. That was most certainly very useful.
I still remember how he explained, during two lecture hours, the difference between Mr and Esq.. He wanted us to be proper gentlemen before venturing into any field of activity.
I do not blame him.
Coming from Ananda Collage, the epicentre of Sinhala Buddhism, what impressed me most at that stage, was the fact the so many Tamils and others, mixed freely with the Sinhalese, both within the lecture rooms and outside.
In those days, in spite of some racist elements here and there, all students and staff worked together without squinter or suspicion. I do not think that any Sinhala student felt uneasy learning under Mailvaganam, Mahalingam and Sivaprakasapillai.
I always yearn for in my heart that those days will come again to this country, for the benefit of the future generation.
TO BE CONTINUED with PART 3: Confrontation with Electric Gunda