Sunday, November 3, 2013
Anatomy Block Centenary Commemoration (1913-2013)
The Department of Anatomy of the Colombo Medical Faculty held the Anatomy Block Centenary Commemoration (1913-2013) on 3rd November, 2013 at the Anatomy Block, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. The main ceremony was held in the dissection room where we did our dissections in 1962/63.
Dr. Madhuwanthi Dissanayake, Head of the Department of Anatomy welcomed the guests. The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. Rohan W. Jayasekara, Chair and Senior Professor of Anatomy and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. The title of the address was "Hundred Years and Beyond". The day's programme included the launch of the Centenary Souvenir and naming of the Anatomy Museum as the "Prof. P.S.S. Panditharatne Anatomy Museum". The Vote of Thanks was Proposed by Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake, Professor in Anatomy. The proceedings concluded with a visit to the refurbished Old Anatomy Lecture Theatre.
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Rohan Jayasekara delivering the Keynote Address.
Guests in the front row are seated exactly at the spot where the cadaver assigned to me was placed during the First Term (June - September, 1962).
As a contributor to the Centenary Souvenir, I was presented with a copy.
As I always do at these gatherings, I tried to spot members of our batch to get a group photograph. It looked as if I was the only person among 1962 entrants to grace the occasion. Former members of the academic staff of the Department of Anatomy were present. Of our past teachers in the Anatomy Block, only Prof. Shanthi Goonewardene was present. Most of them including Professors M.J. Waas, P.K. Chanmugam, Lester Jayawardene, P.S.S. Panditharatne have passed away.