The inaugural meeting of the Jaffna University Alumni Association, Canada was held on Saturday July 25th 2015 at the Scarborough Civic Centre Auditorium (Council Hall), 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough, Ontario. All past graduates and staff of the University of Jaffna, SriLanka were invited to the meeting. The main event was the adoption of a constitution and to elect the first committee members.
The meeting was called by the following organizers: Dr.K.Theivendirarajah, Dr.S.Gnaneshan and S.Srikathirgamanathan. At the meeting the constitution was adopted and the executive committee was elected.
Dr.S.Gnaneshan, past Botany Special degree graduate of the University of Jaffna and the former lecturer of Eastern University of SriLanka and currently Bioinformatics Scientist, Public health and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Laboratory and Pathology was elected as the First President of JUAA Canada. Dr Gnaneshan holds a Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics, University of Sussex and an M.sc degree in Bioinformatics from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Dr.K.Theivendirarajah, former Senior Professor of Botany at the University of Jaffna addressed the audience at the inaugural meeting with the following note:
“Welcome everyone to the inaugural meeting of the Jaffna University Alumni Association, Canada. Compared to many universities in North America or in Europe, university of Jaffna is relatively new. It was established in August 1974. However it is one of the member institutions of the Commonwealth University Association like the University of Toronto or University of Calgary.”
Jaffna university degrees are recognized all over the world. In Canada our university degrees are equivalent to a four year degree from a Canadian university.
Many graduates from the University of Jaffna are employed and hold relatively good positions. Even professional medical graduates of Jaffna University are increasingly employed in Canada and in U.S.A.
It is high time the Jaffna University Community of graduates and past academic staff to come forward unitedly to promote and support excellence in our university. There have been Jaffna university student’s get-togethers, batch parties, Christmas dinners and entertainment for families. But there was no organized association with a firm commitment to contribute positively towards the promotion of excellence in higher studies and research at the University of Jaffna.
Let us sincerely pay our gratitude to the university that had given many of us a good education and paved the way for a brighter future in our adopted country, Canada. Let us work towards this goal through JUAA, Canada.”
Second Executive committee
The second executive committee was elected at a special meeting held on May 11th 2019 at the GTA Square mall, Scarborough. Sellathurai Suthakaran, B.Sc. (Computer Science), 1991-1996, University of Jaffna and PgDip (IT), University of Moratuwa was elected as the Second President of JUAA Canada. He also served from 1997 to 1999 as a computer Instructor for the Department of Computer Science and a visiting lecturer for the Department of Commerce at the University of Jaffna, currently working as a lead Database Developer at ADP Canada Inc.