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Felicitations to Mr. Winston De Costa Rupasinghe PDF Print E-mail

The Executive Committee of the ASLGSC has planned an event on 28th June 2014 to stage a ceremony for presenting a memento to Mr. Winston De Costa Rupasinghe in recognition and appreciation of the outstanding service, he rendered to the ASLGSC over the years. We had to postpone the event which was scheduled for 31st May, due to the construction work in the area.

On that day, the usual end of the month dinner will be served, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. W.A.Karunaratna and Dr. Hector Weerasingha.

The Ceremony will be held at 1900 hr.

All the members and the university contemporaries of Mr. Rupasingha are cordially invited to be present.

Executive Committee
ASLGSC.

 

 


 

And We Salute You, Dear Winston.


The Executive Committee of the ASLGSC has made a timely or perhaps an overdue decision to felicitate an outstanding member of ours whose contribution to the ASLGSC, over the years, I dare say, is unmatched. The member is Mr. Winston De Costa Rupasinghe whose association with the ASLGSC spans over 46 years.

This event is scheduled to happen in the evening of 31st May, Saturday, at the ASLGSC premises and all are invited to grace this occasion.

Winston graduated from the Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, as a Civil Engineer, specializing in Hydropower Construction in 1967. Upon arriving back home, he, along with his colleagues Thilak Nikapitiya and Nandasena Ranatunga joined the Irrigation Department. They were the first Russian qualified Engineers who were granted Public Service Commission appointments in Sri Lanka. After working on the Mahaweli Masterplan for 2 years, Winston went to the United Kingdom for postgraduate studies. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Concrete Structures & Technology from Imperial College he worked for many British Consultants and Contractors for nearly 10 years including a stint in Nigeria. Back in Sri Lanka he worked for the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau as the Chief Resident Engineer on the Canyon Hydro Power Project, Maskeliya. He was also one of the Resident Engineers of Sir William Halcrow and Partners, Consultant to the National Water Supply & Drainage Board for the Matara Water Supply Project. Subsequently he was the Project Coordinating Consultant to the Residence and Security Staff Complex for President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga undertaken by the Urban Development Authority. Presently he is retired from Engineering and engaged in Agricultural work as a hobby.

On this occasion, it is only appropriate to place in record, at least some of the outstanding services he rendered to the ASLGSC.

Up to early Eighties, the ASLGSC operated from the offices of Soviet Lanka Friendship League and Soviet Cultural Centre. Having identified the operational and other limitations of this arrangement, Winston conceived the idea of having a place of its own for the ASLGSC. Not having financial resources worth talking about, this was a daring step we had to take. In spite of skepticism from some, he managed to convince us that it can be done. This is how the ASLGSC moved in to rented two rooms in Battaramulla. It was with this step, Saturday became a day for the members to meet in a relaxed environment. What he started with cooking a ‘Borch’ one Saturday evenings evolved in to the ‘Last Saturday of the month Dinner’ which is a regular feature of the ASLGSC now.

In a short time he convinced the Executive Committee to purchase a land on Akuregoda Road,Pelawatta and the Committee worked with enthusiasm to raise necessary funds. The 12 perch Block of land was purchased for Rs.70,000/- in 1988 . That is the story of our ‘Mahagedara’ the name given to our building by Dr. Gamini Padmaperuma.

In our long campaign for recognition of degrees awarded by the higher educational establishments in Socialist Countries, Winston was always in the forefront. He had the foresight to obtain the Corporate Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London and become a Member of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka. He went as far as becoming a Council Member and a Member of the Sub- Committee for Education of IESL. Within the IESL he did a monumental task of presenting our case with syllabuses and other documents he painstakingly acquired from Moscow. As a result, the IESL finally recognized the Civil Engineering Degrees awarded by Soviet Universities. Eventually, due to changes in the Soviet Union such as Perestroika and Glasnost, entry criteria to Soviet Universities, became diluted and IESL nullified this recognition, but the efforts of Winston cannot be forgotten.

Winston was able to persuade IESL to invite Professor Boris Zhivotovsky of People’s Friendship University,Moscow as the Chief Overseas Guest for their Annual Sessions of 1989.He was also instrumental in arranging a visit to Russia by Professor Arjuna Aluvihare,Chairman of University Grant’s Commission of Sri Lanka. Prof. Aluvihare’s impressions of Medical Education in the USSR was very helpful to dispel many false myths about Doctor’s training in the Soviet Union.

Winston always took a keen interest in all new graduates who came from the former USSR and later from Russia and helped them in securing jobs using his personal influence and friendships he cultivated with key personnel in the industries over the years. He always encourages the new graduates to become members of the ASLGSC.

Another idea he brought forward in membership drive is the ‘Spring Festival’, the cricket tournament projected to further the contacts with the membership and attract new graduates. As we all know, it is very successful and now it is a very popular regular event of the ASLGSC.

I have no hesitation in stating that he takes a particular interest in the well being of the ASLGSC and its premises as well, spending his time and personal resources in keeping it in shape. It is remarkable to see the attention he pays to the details of the functions of the ASLGSC and his presence is thoroughly felt at every occasion.

Over the years, he has proven himself to be a true friend to us, who is always around at the hour of need and someone whom you can rely on, a man for all seasons. He is a Senior Vice President of the Sri Lanka Russia Friendship Society and takes an active part in consolidating friendly ties of ASLGSC
with the Russian Center and the Russian Embassy in Colombo.

We are proud to have him with us and while gratefully appreciating his priceless contribution to the ASLGSC, we, the Executive Committee takes this opportunity to wish him and his family all the best and success in his endeavors. It will be our great pleasure to have him with us for many, many years to come.

K.G.J. Bandara,
Past Secretary, Past President, Executive Committee Member,
ASLGSC

And We Salute You, Dear Winston.

 

The Executive Committee of the ASLGSC has made a timely or perhaps an overdue decision to felicitate an outstanding member of ours whose contribution to the ASLGSC, over the years, I dare say, is unmatched. The member is Mr. Winston De Costa Rupasinghe whose association with the ASLGSC spans over 46 years.

This event is scheduled to happen in the evening of 31st May, Saturday, at the ASLGSC premises and all are invited to grace this occasion.

Winston graduated from the Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, as a Civil Engineer, specializing in Hydropower Construction in 1967. Upon arriving back home, he, along with his colleagues Thilak Nikapitiya and Nandasena Ranatunga joined the Irrigation Department. They were the first Russian qualified Engineers who were granted Public Service Commission appointments in Sri Lanka. After working on the Mahaweli Masterplan for 2 years, Winston went to the United Kingdom for postgraduate studies. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Concrete Structures & Technology from Imperial College
he worked for many British Consultants and Contractors for nearly 10 years including a stint in Nigeria. Back in Sri Lanka he worked for the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau as the Chief Resident Engineer on the Canyon Hydro Power Project, Maskeliya. He was also one of the Resident Engineers of Sir William Halcrow and Partners, Consultant to the National Water Supply & Drainage Board for the Matara Water Supply Project. Subsequently he was the Project Coordinating Consultant to the Residence and Security Staff Complex for President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga undertaken by the Urban Development Authority. Presently he is retired from Engineering and engaged in Agricultural work as
a hobby.

On this occasion, it is only appropriate to place in record, at least some of the outstanding services he rendered to the ASLGSC.

Up to early Eighties, the ASLGSC operated from the offices of Soviet Lanka Friendship League and Soviet Cultural Centre. Having identified the operational and other limitations of this arrangement, Winston conceived the idea of having a place of its own for the ASLGSC. Not having financial resources worth talking about, this was a daring step we had to take. In spite of skepticism from some, he managed to convince us that it can be done. This is how the ASLGSC moved in to rented two rooms in Battaramulla. It was with this step, Saturday became a day for the members to meet in a relaxed environment. What he started with cooking a ‘Borch’ one Saturday evenings evolved in to the ‘Last Saturday of the month Dinner’ which is a regular feature of the ASLGSC now.

In a short time he convinced the Executive Committee to purchase a land on Akuregoda Road,Pelawatta and the Committee worked with enthusiasm to raise necessary funds. The 12 perch Block of land was purchased for Rs.70,000/- in 1988 . That is the story of our ‘Mahagedara’ the name given to our building by Dr. Gamini Padmaperuma.

In our long campaign for recognition of degrees awarded by the higher educational establishments in Socialist Countries, Winston was always in the forefront. He had the foresight to obtain the Corporate Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London and become a Member of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka. He went as far as becoming a Council Member and a Member of the Sub- Committee for Education of IESL. Within the IESL he did a monumental task of presenting our case with syllabuses and other documents he painstakingly acquired from Moscow. As a result, the IESL finally recognized the Civil Engineering Degrees awarded by Soviet Universities. Eventually, due to changes in the Soviet Union such as Perestroika and Glasnost, entry criteria to Soviet Universities, became
diluted and IESL nullified this recognition, but the efforts of Winston cannot be forgotten.


Winston was able to persuade IESL to invite Professor Boris Zhivotovsky of People’s Friendship
University,Moscow as the Chief Overseas Guest for their Annual Sessions of 1989.He was also
instrumental in arranging a visit to Russia by Professor Arjuna Aluvihare,Chairman of University
Grant’s Commission of Sri Lanka. Prof. Aluvihare’s impressions of Medical Education in the USSR
was very helpful to dispel many false myths about Doctor’s training in the Soviet Union.

Winston always took a keen interest in all new graduates who came from the former USSR and later from Russia and helped them in securing jobs using his personal influence and friendships he cultivated with key personnel in the industries over the years. He always encourages the new graduates to become members of the ASLGSC.

Another idea he brought forward in membership drive is the ‘Spring Festival’, the cricket tournament projected to further the contacts with the membership and attract new graduates. As we all know, it is very successful and now it is a very popular regular event of the ASLGSC.

I have no hesitation in stating that he takes a particular interest in the well being of the ASLGSC and its premises as well, spending his time and personal resources in keeping it in shape. It is remarkable to see the attention he pays to the details of the functions of the ASLGSC and his presence is thoroughly felt at every occasion.

Over the years, he has proven himself to be a true friend to us, who is always around at the hour of need and someone whom you can rely on, a man for all seasons. He is a Senior Vice President of the Sri
Lanka Russia Friendship Society and takes an active part in consolidating friendly ties of ASLGSC
with the Russian Center and the Russian Embassy in Colombo.

We are proud to have him with us and while gratefully appreciating his priceless contribution to the ASLGSC, we, the Executive Committee takes this opportunity to wish him and his family all the best and success in his endeavors. It will be our great pleasure to have him with us for many, many years to come.

 

 

K.G.J. Bandara,

Past Secretary, Past President, Executive Committee Member,

ASLGSC