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A.3.9.2 Summary of Professional Qualifications of Teaching and Research Staff

The total number only for each Institution or Society is required

Institution / Society


Chartered Engineers

Associate Member / Graduate Engineers

Incorporated Engineers


Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka

2

10

--


Institution of Engineers, UK

2

--

--


It should be noted here that the numbers given above are merely those directly employed in the Dept. However, 55% of the core course units in the Final Course alone is conducted by staff in other Depts. Hence, the real number would be much larger.



A.3.9.3 Staff Development Policy including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements / Achievements

  1. Brief details of Policy

  2. Please specify funding details for staff training / development

  3. Give examples of staff attendance at conferences and seminars (in the past two years)

  4. What is the take-up of staff development opportunities?

  5. Are all staff eligible, or, is staff training / development confined mainly to new members?


Academic staff is preferably recruited at the level of Senior Lecturer Grade II where the basic qualifications are a first degree with First or Second (Upper) Class Honours and a post-graduate degree with a substantial research component (which usually is a PhD). Due recognition is given to professional qualifications such as corporate membership of a professional institution. In practice almost all new recruits at this level possess a first degree in mechanical engineering (or a closely allied field) with First or Second (Upper) Class Honours and a PhD in a relevant field.


Another recruitment path is available at the level of lecturer where the basic qualification required is a first degree with First or Second (Upper) Class Honours. Such recruits are expected to obtain post-graduate qualifications (usually a PhD) for promotion to Senior Lecturer Grade II. For this purpose they are given study leave for a period of 6 years (fully paid leave for 3 years and 9 months).


Once recruited all academic staff members are now required to complete a 6 week long training course on ‘Teaching Methodology for Academic Staff’. The University conducts such a course annually through the Staff Development Centre.


Those on the rank of Senior Lecturer and above are entitled to sabbatical leave at the rate of 1 year fully paid or 2 years no-pay leave for each 7 years of service. It is expected that this leave will be utilized for career/professional development activities – most of the time at another university or a research institution or in industry. In the case of spending the sabbatical leave at an institution abroad the University pays for the passage of the academic staff member and his/her spouse.


From time to time, subject to availability of suitable opportunities, staff members undergo short term training new/emerging areas of study. Over the past 5 years several staff members and technical staff members of the Mechanical Engineering Department were sent for training programmes which were financed through the ADB personnel development project, the Staff Development Fund and other institutions.


There is opportunity for academic staff members to work in industry on medium term assignments to gain exposure to local industry.


Promotions to Associate Professor, Full Professor, and Senior Professor are based on a merit based scheme that emphasizes teaching, research, and service to university and community.


Teacher and Course evaluation have been made mandatory and it is believed that they will have a positive impact on teaching as well as learning.






A.3.9.4 Student / Staff Ratio

  1. Give the departmental student / staff ratio based on full-time equivalent students and staff involved in delivering the programme.

  2. Explain clearly how this figure is derived


About 60% of the core course units under Mechanical Engineering specialization in the Final Course (approximately 75 students for each course unit) and about 17% of the course units in the Qualifying Course (345 students) of the degree programme are conducted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering..


The number of the permanent staff engaged in teaching activities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is 10. In addition, about 12 temporary academic staff members are engaged in imparting Instructions.


The student: staff ratio based on permanent staff is 15:1 and based on permanent and temporary staff is 8:1






A.3.9.5 Support / Technical Staff

  1. Please give the technical staff / academic staff ratio for the Department.

  2. Explain clearly how this figure is derived


There are 17 permanent support / technical staff in the department as detailed below. The technical inputs are received mainly from the first two categories, which amounts to 6 persons at present.






  1. Give details of all relevant technical staff, differentiating between permanent [P] and short-term research support staff (R). In a large department, a summary by grade will suffice




Name

Qualifications

Drawing Office Assistants (2 Nos.)

?

Technical Officers (4 Nos.)

GCE(AL) and completing a course in the relevant field or by a promotion scheme

Mechanic (Special Grade) (3 No.)

Initially recruited for mechanic grade II. 02 years experience as a Mechanic or Machine operator is required.

Lab Attendants (3 Nos.)

Minimum pass in 8th standard.

Preference given to candidates who are knowledgeable on laboratory apparatus.

Labourers (5 Nos.)

Pass grade 8



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