Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Letter receieved from Ariyadasa Yapa

We have received the following letter from Peradeniya E-fac alumni Ariyadasa Yapa.

Dear blogger/ publisher,

I read through all articles published in this site with interest as an old student of the faculty.

I visited the faculty last during the inauguration of Professor Mahalingam Fund for supporting the final year student’s projects. I witnessed the slow or no progress of our oldest and prestigious academic institution for learning engineering.

I could not see or meet any member of the academic staff having the calibre even close to late Professor Bartholomeusz. I believe some of the current staff members are the student of this beloved professor.

Most of the people I met are motivated and involved in politics and not interested in academic activities.

No wonder why we are sliding down in our academic achievements and professional standards. I am very sad to see that the traitors like Con-Doctor Vickramabahu are highly decorated and recognised academics even in this blog.

Our faculty is a national treasure and the protection, promotion and preservation of its values, standards, prestige, achievements and reputation is the duty and the responsibility of all of us the past and present students.

Please do not allow to abuse the name of this institutions by unscrupulous cunning and opportunistic political animals like Bahu.

"The world is unsafe not because of handful of terrorists, but due to the silence of many good people”.

Thank you


You may leave your reply to Ariyadasa Yapa as a comment below.

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  1. Parakrama Fernando EFac 1983-1991March 15, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Writer Ariyadasa Yapa has, either intentionally or unintentionally, not disclosed the era which he belonged to in the above article. While i presume he must have been at EFac during Pro Batho's time, it would have been good to know the exact time period that he is comparing against the present day faculty to get a better understanding as i would like to respond or rather extend the dialog along the lines he has written. Furthermore, he seems to have taken a very narrow and simplistic view of a University and presented a one sided view. While i do agree with some points he has made his write up clearly demonstrates his attempt to isolate the faculty from the changing world, changing times, etc. Write up also clearly reveals that he seems to be arrogantly opposed to those who held strong political views and particularly unhappy with some characters like Dr Vickrama Bahu. At least for some of us what made our uni life fulleth is the diversity, variety and the co-existence of people of all walks of life. If Ariyadasa (or someone else) can shed some light about the decade that he is talking about, that would be helpful for my future writing.
    I would like to present my view, no not debate, and also would like to know how and why it was such, in that era.
    Parakrama Fernando (EFac from 1983-1991)

    1. Parakrama,

      I think Ariyadasa Yapa was at the faculty in the mid 70s, possibly from 1973 or 74 to 1977 or 78. I will leave it for him to provide precise details.

      Obviously Ariyadasa Yapa has been there when Bahu was in the faculty. He has previously written about Bahu as well.

      Anyway, the good news is that Ariyadasa Yapa has tentatively agreed to write in detail about his days at the Faculty to this blog.


  2. I look forward to Ariyadasa's article/s to have a better understanding of the E;Fac (and also the UoP as a whole) during his days, more specifically as to why he is trying to demonise the likes of 'Bahu'. Also, because the present comments are all over the place. (current status as a degradation, this site as inappropriate, Bahu(s) as a vicious person(s), etc.
    -Parakrama Fernando-

    1. It seems that Ariyadasa Yapa and Maximus Jayantha Anandappa are batchmates.

      If you want to get an understanding about student life at E-Fac (and also the UoP as a whole) during their days you may read the following series written by Maximus Jayantha Anandappa.

  3. Gamini Nanda GunawardanaMay 18, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    As a member closely associate faculty - this comments are baseless and nonsense. Instead of giving critical negative feedback actively get involve with the faculty if anything is going wrong.

    1. It seems that this is not the first time, Ariyadasa Yapa has written against Vickramabahu.

      We will publish a couple of letters dating back to 2007 soon in eFacMemories blog.

  4. I wholly agree with Parakrama. The comments by Ariyadasa about Dr Wickramabahu. K is uncalled for and in very bad taste. I am ashamed. This sort of personal attack should not have been allowed in this forum.

    1. It was a letter sent by a fellow alumni of the the faculty to the editor and while it appears that that Ariyadasa Yapa has a grudge against Vickramabahu, I don't think there is any thing wrong in publishing such letters.

      All are entitled to express their opinion. Those who dont agree can always reply.



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