Message from the Chairman for Engineers' Day Sri Lanka
The great historic monumental structures of diverse types found in many parts of Sri Lanka bear ample and amazing witness to the unprecedented engineering and technological advances the nation has practiced several centuries and many generations ago. The gigantic structures depicting the glorious religious complexes of yesteryear and the unparalleled massive irrigation systems with marvelous technological features reveal that there were many professionals with heavy engineering and technological knowledge in Sri Lanka much before most of the high-tech nations of the contemporary world.
The practice of engineering thus existed thousands of years ago has slowly and steadily continued in Sri Lanka for centuries, culminating in the evolution of the establishment of formal contemporary engineering and technological education during British rule. Although similar professional practices were somewhat regulated in a few professions such as Western and Indigenous medicine by state-sponsored regulatory bodies, there have been delays in introducing such regulatory exercises for the engineering profession. In this context establishment of the Engineering Council of Sri Lanka (ECSL) was an unprecedented remarkable milestone of the long-cherished profession of Engineering of the motherland, which has its proven roots extending to several millennia in the pre-historic times.
The contemporary organized passion of Engineering across the globe has been virtually tapping the doors of the Sri Lankan engineering profession for quite some time reminding it of the need to establish an organized national regulatory cum representative national body in the same lines practiced by other nations. The initiative to do so emerged about 25 years ago when relevant professional bodies began to lobby the government strongly and repetitively to establish a suitable regulatory body.
Long-term soft discussions among the stakeholders and with the leadership and facilitation gracefully coming from the Governments of different times, eventually rhymed together to produce the essential legal impetus by way of an ACT of PARLIAMENT, enacted by the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 2017.
Accordingly, the government took official steps to appoint the very first Engineering Council of Sri Lanka (ECSL) with an official pronouncement in the national newspapers of 16th and 19th December 2018 with a legal date of commencement of ECSL being the 24th of August 2018.
The ECSL office was ceremonially opened on the top floor of the Irrigation Department Head Office Building with the graceful presence of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka on the 17th of September 2019.
The 17th September of each year was declared as the Engineers’ Day of Sri Lanka.