Message from the President – Prof. A M Attygalla
I am greatly privileged to be elected as the President of the Peradeniya Dental Faculty Alumni Association (PeDFAA) for the year 2018 /19. In accepting this high office, I will assure that I with the help of my energetic committee will do my best to reach the goals of the PEDFAA during my tenure.
Although Faculty of Dental Sciences of the University of Peradeniya is the sole source of the dental fraternity who has graduated since 1986 from Sri Lanka, the history goes beyond nearly six decades to encompass dental graduates from the Medical Faculties of the University of Peradeniya and the University of Colombo. Eminent dental professionals from Peradeniya have contributed tremendously to the development of oral health related services both locally and internationally. I am sure that all the alumni must be cherishing vivid memories of our alma mater due to its serenity in location, diversity of culture and richness in emanating wisdom.
The PeDFAA was established as a society in the year 2002, under the guidance of the late Prof Malkanthi Chandrasekara who was the founder president and has since then been engaged towards the goals and objectives of this association. This year we are planning to improve the membership drive and specifically update the existing membership and establish a good means of communication so that there will be fruitful interaction between the alumni towards the activities of PeDFAA and thereby improve fellowship. I feel that close relations between the alumni and the students is vital for the long-term fulfillment of the objectives of the PeDFAA.
This year we are further attempting to provide some of the essential requirements for the upcoming auditorium of the 6-storied new building of the Faculty. In this respect I have to congratulate the outgoing president and the energetic members of the subcommittee including Prof Ruwan Jayasinghe and all others involved in laying the wooden floor of the auditorium. As an extension to this project it is hoped to install the audio system of the auditorium this year which will cost about two million rupees.
I would like to thank all the alumni who helped in the above projects as this would not have been a reality without their generous support.
Finally, I take this opportunity to thank the immediate Past President Dr. Manil Fonseka and, his committee and all the past Presidents and their councils for their invaluable contribution, which has made the PeDFAA what it is today.
Together let’s strive to mould dental graduates who exhibit excellent academic, professional, moral and ethical values from our alma mater!
Prof. A M Attygalla
Peradeniya Dental Faculty Alumni Association (PeDFAA)