Monday, July 14, 2014

Faculty Canteen

Dear readers of eFacMemories Blog,

I am sure all of you have fond memories of the faculty canteen that served us in many ways during our four year stay at Peradeniya.

While all most all other canteens such as WUS, Gemba etc, functioned within the University during our time, were privately run on tender basis, the faculty canteen was run by a committee comprising of staff and students of the faculty.

I think this is still the case.

Recently I received a neatly type-written account of how this canteen venture was initiated and launched in the late 60s.

This "Canteen Story" has been written by late Professor E.F. Bartholomeusz, who has been the founding Chairman of the Canteen Committee.

Professor E.F. Bartholomeusz's "Canteen Story" was sent to us by Mr Somapala Hewavitharana, who currently lives in Perth, Australia.

Mr Hewavitharana has worked as a Research Technician in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering from 1950 for 30 years until his retirement. He has been the Secretary and the Store Keeper for the Canteen Committee since its inception.

The Electrically operated cigarette lighter, that has replaced the old method of using paper to light and littered the whole area, has been one of his inventions.

The Canteen Story by E.F. Bartholomeusz will be publish in this blog over the next few days. 

-Moderator, eFacMemories


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