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Workshop on “Changing the Thinking, Changing the People”

A workshop on “Changing the Thinking, Changing the People” was organized by the Deputy Director (Admin), Mr. K.W.B.M.P. Wijesundara to change the attitudes of the staff to establish better working environment in the institute on 26th January 2017. In the morning session, Prof. K.A.S. Dhammika, University of Kelaniya  made an interesting presentation about the good working habits. In the evening session, Dr. Tharindu Weerasinghe, Senior lecturer, University of Kelaniya conducted an interactive session on “How to be a good Leader” and what the leadership qualities are to be gained by the personnel. This was a highly valuable commencement to the CRI staff to refresh their thinking behavior as well as attitudes, to achieve the institute’s mission.


CRI Celebrates 2nd Year in Office of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena

A simple ceremony was held at the Pallama Seed Garden of the Coconut Research Institute on 8th January 2017 to mark the 2nd year in office of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Chairman, Director, Additional Director, Deputy Director (Admin), Heads of Divisions and staff members participated. On this day, a massive hand pollination programme to produce and supply high yielding hybrid coconut cultivars to 35,000 families in the North was launched.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Chairman and the pollination staff were given their contract documents by the Deputy Director (Admin). On the same occasion the first batch of clonal plants produced at the Tissue Culture Division of CRI was presented by Dr. (Mrs.) Vijitha Vidhanaarachchi to Dr. Nihal Silva the Chief Guest and former chairman of the Coconut Growers Association to mark this event.



All employees of the CRI affirmed the public service oath together with the Chairman, Director, Additional Director and Deputy Director (Admin) on 02nd January 2017. On this occasion the National and Institute flags were hoisted by Mr.Jayantha Jayawardhane, Chairman, CRB and Dr. (Mrs.) L.C.P. Fernando, Director, CRI respectively.

Mr. Jayantha Jayewardene while wishing the staff, thanked for their dedicated and committed service during the past years to develop the coconut industry and to upgrade the institute. Dr. Priyanthi Fernando gave brief account on the performance of the institute during the past years and development plans for the coming year.

At the end CRI staff pay heed to the new year address of His Excellency the President Maithreepala Sirisena’s under the theme of “Sustainable Era 2030”.