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A.3.10 Research, Consultancy and Postgraduate Programmes






A.3.10.1 Research

Give details of the research work carried out within the Department during the last three years. The details should include

  1. the title and focus of the project

  2. the value and period of the project

  3. the way research influence teaching and student work











A.3.10.2 Consultancy

Give details of the consultancy work carried out within the Department during the last three years. Details should include

  1. examples of clients

  2. the total value

  3. the way consultancy work influence teaching and student work


(The information in A.3.10.1 and A.3.10.2 may be presented in any format suitable to the Department, provided it is brief. However, item (iii) should be included on this submission form. For a large Department a summary is acceptable.)






A.3.10.3 Postgraduate Programmes and Short Courses


Give details of related postgraduate programmes and in-career courses offered by the Department, including the number and duration of courses and the total number of students on each course, for the past three years.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offered a regular full-time and part time postgraduate programme but it was temporarily discontinued due to the poor staff situation in the Dept. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Master of the Science of Engineering (MScEng) consisted of several specialities; Air-conditioning and Refrigeration, Automobile Engineering, Systems Engineering, Control Systems, Energy Technology and Materials Engineering.

The department is now planning a single PG programme to be implemented soon.





A.3.11 Resources




A.3.11.1 Facilities

Give briefly, details of the resources, which are available to students, in each of the areas designated, and any changes since the last visit. Indicate how many students can be accommodated in laboratories / workshops, design / drawing facilities, library and computer facilities at any one time.


Resources – Provide brief details
Access -
(availability other than for timetabled work - i.e. evenings, weekends)

Laboratories / Workshops




Open on weekdays from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs

However, when required (for project work etc.) kept open on weekends

Details of annual expenditure on equipment or major expenditure on laboratories / workshops

Drawing / Design Facilities

The Department maintains a large Drawing/Design office with facilities for nearly 200 students. In addition, the Faculty of Engineering has another large drawing office, which are available to the Department.




Open on weekdays from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs


Provide details of annual expenditure on equipment or major expenditure on drawing / design facilities

Library

The Engineering Library, housed in a spacious building located centrally at the Faculty of Engineering, has a collection of approximately 35,000 volumes. In addition to books and learning aids, it receives journals and proceedings related to different branches of engineering. The collection of some important journals goes back to the 1930s.


Students and staff also have access to the university library system which has a collection of more than 5,000,000 volumes in diverse disciplines. The main library of the university is the oldest and the largest university library in Sri Lanka and enjoys the deposit privileges under the Printers and Publishers Ordinance. The main library also includes a collection of maps, records, manuscripts, and microfilm slides.



Open on weekdays from 0730 hrs to 1930 hrs


Open on weekends from 0730 hrs to 1600 hrs


Please give details of annual expenditure on

  1. journals

  2. books

  3. other




Computing Facilities

The Engineering Faculty Computing Centre is housed in a four-storeyed building with a total floor area of about 1000 m2. The facilities in the Engineering Computing Centre are available to all engineering students and include sufficient machines to accommodate more than 200 users at a time. A Local Area Network links the Computing Centre with the other units of the University. Staff and students of the Faculty are provided with internet services by the Faculty Computing Centre using a microwave link.


In addition to the above, the Department of Mechanical Engineering maintains a small Computer facility which is used by students for Computer Aided Design and other computing work.




State

  1. number of computers within the Department

  2. number of computers within the University to which students have access

  3. How often is equipment replaced?






Resources - Provide brief details
Access -
(availability other than for timetabled work - i.e. evenings, weekends)

Study Rooms





Lecture Rooms

The Faculty of Engineering has following lecture rooms which are available to the students in the Department.


  • Main auditorium with a capacity of 600

  • Three lecture theatres each of capacity 350

  • Two lecture theatres each of capacity 250

  • Two lecture theatres each of capacity 150

  • Four lecture rooms each of capacity 75

  • Three seminar rooms with AV facilities each of capacity 100

  • Seven lecture rooms each of capacity 50






A.3.11.2 Income to Support the Teaching Programme

Please give figures for the last five years




200_

200_

200_

200_

200_
Income
















Government
















Research / Consultancy
















Other















Total

















Recurrent and capital expenditure during the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 are given below.





2004

2005

2006

Recurrent










Capital (Plant, machinery, equipment)













A.3.11.3 Resource Changes

Please state anything distinctive or unusual about the resources for the programme - e.g. new or refurbished accommodation or major equipment, shortage of space or difficulties over sharing space.


During the last three years, an Information Technology Centre (IT Centre of the university) with latest computer facilities was set up in the university. All the students of the Faculty of Engineering have access to it and found to be using it heavily. During this period, a new floor is added to the computing centre in the faculty and computer facilities were extended. A new building construction project is in progress for the Electrical and Electronics Engineering laboratory.

The laboratories in the department received many laboratory equipment through a funding programme by the Asian Development Bank. A 330 million extension programme to the Faculty has been approved by the Cabinet and planning work on the expansion is being carried out.




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