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Prof. (Mrs.) Rajeswary Mageswaran
BScHons (Chemistry)(Ceylon), PhD (Sheffield, UK)

Emeritus Professor and Former Head, Dept. of Chemistry 
Former Rector (09.04.2003 – 10.04.2006), Vavuniya Campus, University of Jaffna

 

Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for the passing away of our beloved Professor Rajeswary Mageswaran at the age of 77 on 17.04.2022 in Croydon, London.  

Professor Rajeswary Mageswaran launched her distinguished career with a BScHons Degree in Chemistry from the then University of Ceylon in 1968 and a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1972 with many postdoctoral experiences.

After serving at the Peradeniya Campus of the then University of Ceylon for eight years, she joined the newly established University of Jaffna as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry on 01-04-1976 and subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, Professor and Senior Professor of Inorganic Chemistry on 03-03-1980, 17-03-1986 and 01-01-1993, respectively in recognition of her achievements in the academic, administrative and research activities. Professor Rajeswary Mageswaran was a distinguished scientist and teacher, who maintained the highest standards in her teaching, research and administration. She was the corner stone in the development of the Department of Chemistry and the Faculty of Science of the University of Jaffna.

As an able academic administrator, Professor Rajeswary Mageswaran served as the Head of the Department of Chemistry of University of Jaffna for more than a decade during the most challenging period in the Northern Sri Lanka and Rector of the then Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna from 2003 to 2006. Her resourceful contributions to the uplifting of the Department of Chemistry and the then Vavuniya Campus will be remembered forever.

The faculty expresses deep sadness and sorrow on her demise and convey deep gratitude to the bereaved family. May the departed soul attain eternal rest.

 

Prof. Karthigesu Chitravadivelu
BSc (London), MSc, PhD (Charles, Czech Republic), Dip-in-Ed. (Sri Lanka) 

Retired Associate Professor in Zoology
Former Head, Department of Zoology and Botany
Former Director, Centre for Development of Fisheries

Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for the passing away of our beloved teacher Prof. K. Chitravadivelu, Retired Associate Professor in Zoology and Former Director, Centre for Development of Fisheries, University of Jaffna on 03.09.2021 at his residence. A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God.

He joined as a Lecturer in Zoology at Department of Zoology in 1980, served as an Associate Professor in Zoology with effect from 1993, served as Head, Department of Zoology from 1990 to 1991, served as Head, Department of Botany from 1992 to 1995 and extended his services as a Co-ordinator, Centre for Development of Fisheries from 1998 to 2008. Being a person specialized in Fish biology and culture he disseminated incredible wealth of knowledge among the undergraduate and postgraduate students of University of Jaffna, but at the same time, a simple person, humble and truly compassionate for the less fortunate. He helped in various ways, notably serving as the external examiner for several masters and doctoral candidates to improve the research standards with his critical guidance.

He is leaving an enormous legacy to the Fisheries Science education at the University of Jaffna. He was the founder Co-ordinator and then Director of Centre for Development of Fisheries which emerged as a department in year 2009. He contributed significantly for the development of the Department of Fisheries and developed an imaginary belief that it will be elevated as a faculty which was not materialized until his demise ultimately.

During his working period, he contributed towards many research projects in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Jaffna. His research findings are published in many national and international Journals. He provided his services as a consultant to many national and international organizations.  He invested his energy and time in capacity building of his students to prepare them for independence in their future. His students are now in high-level positions in governmental agencies, industry and academia in nearly every country.

On behalf of the University of Jaffna, we express our deep sadness and sorrow on his demise and convey our deep gratitude to the bereaved family. May the departed soul attain eternal rest.