The Historic Inauguration of the Battle of Brotherhood in Sri Lankan Cricket History

    In a landmark moment for Sri Lankan cricket, the University of Ruhuna and the University of Jaffna made history with the inaugural 'Battle of Brotherhood' – the first-ever cricket match between two state universities in the country. The event took place from March 29th to March 30th, 2024, at the University of Ruhuna, captivating the nation and ushering in a new era of sporting excellence and camaraderie.

    The Battle of Brotherhood was not merely a cricket match; it was a symbol of unity, friendship, and reconciliation between the North and the South of Sri Lanka. Organized by the Social Reconciliation Center (SRC) at the University of Ruhuna, in collaboration with the University of Jaffna, this initiative aimed to foster connectivity and collaboration between university communities while promoting social harmony and mutual understanding.

    The significance of this event could not be overstated. In a country where cricket holds a special place in the hearts of its people, the Battle of Brotherhood represented a historic milestone in the evolution of the sport. By bringing together students and academic staff members from different regions and backgrounds, this initiative served as a beacon of hope for a more harmonious and united Sri Lanka.

    We are proud to announce that the Battle of Brotherhood received generous sponsorship from the High Commission of India, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Lyca Gnanam Foundation. Their support was instrumental in making this event a reality, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to them for their commitment to promoting unity and friendship through sport.

    As we reflect on this momentous occasion, let us remember the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie that defined the Battle of Brotherhood. Let us celebrate the unity, friendship, and reconciliation that this historic event represented.

    The Battle of Brotherhood was not just a cricket match; it was a testament to the power of sport to transcend boundaries and bring people together. We celebrated this historic event and the values of unity, friendship, and reconciliation that it represented.

    In the 40-overs match, the University of Ruhuna team emerged as the champions, adding another layer of glory to this memorable event.

    The University of Ruhuna and the University of Jaffna made history with the inaugural Battle of Brotherhood – a moment to remember in Sri Lankan cricket history.

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    Team UoR Enlightened the Public on Benefits of Chicken Meat and Eggs as a Quality
    Animal Source Food at the Medicare 2024 Healthy Living Expo - BMICH

    The BMICH hosted the Medicare 2024 - Health Living Expo from March 1st to 3rd, 2024. On an invitation from the World's Poultry Science Association - Sri Lanka Branch (WPSA-SL), the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna had a joint-stall with WPSA-SL on the benefits of chicken meat and eggs as a source rich in bioavailable proteins. The WPSA-SL is the leading association for all the professionals engaged in the Sri Lankan poultry industry. The stall aimed at educating the public to avoid myths and misconceptions associated with chicken meat and eggs to promote poultry products as a relatively cheaper animal source food. The participation of the Department of Animal Science garnered a significant interest, drawing a massive crowd eager to learn more about poultry products and their role in a balanced diet. This was facilitated by a team of students from the Department of Animal Science, led by Prof. Indunil Pathirana and Dr. C.J. Gajaweera with the support of Prof. Anton Perera and other fellow staff members. Mr. Oshan Gunawardena had the operational leadership of the student group, with the assistance of Miss. Chanole Colonne. Attendees were involved in several educational activities which included a quiz, a demonstration of different types of eggs available in the market, on-site training on meat processing and poster discussions on various topics of interest. The selected group of attendees had the opportunity to learn practical tips and to get hands-on experience in preparing meatballs using chicken meat and natural ingredients. Furthermore, Prof. Indunil Pathirana joined an expert panel discussion chaired by Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva on “Lifestyle Modification and Maintaining Wellness” which was open to the public. The University of Ruhuna completed a successful community project with the financial support of WPSA-SL, both the Chief Organizer, Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva and the public appreciated the effort of team UoR.

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    Opening Ceremony of the Southern Center for Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture

    Faculty of Engineering

    Opening Ceremony of the Southern Center for Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna on 8th February 2024 with the gracious presence of Hon. Dr.Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr.Suresh Raghavan, State Minister of Higher Education and Senior Prof. Sujeewa Amarasena, Vice Chancellor of University of Ruhuna.


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    Nilwala River Community-University Alliance for Resilience (NU-CARE)

    Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna

    Community members who live in the Nilwala River basin in the Matara area experienced an intense and ongoing flood hazard from 2023, particularly during the inter-monsoon period, following just after the end of the northeast monsoon. This inundation significantly impacted a wide ecological zone on both sides of the river, destroying paddy fields and various crops. After preliminary discussion, a request was made to the Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna to carry out an experimental intervention regarding this situation by the farming community facing the threat of flood in the Nilwala river valley. Consequently, a study committee, including Senior Professor Saman Chandana, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ruhuna, and Professor GPTS Hemakumara,  the Head of the Department, Department of Geography,  conducted an observational visit to the relevant Nilwala River valley areas on December 31, 2023, to initiate a preliminary study. Building upon these observations, the Department of Geography at Ruhuna University aims to launch an extensive research program with a focus on community development objectives.

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