Prof. Rangika Halwatura, Sri Lanka’s youngest professor to clinch 14 patents for new inventions, has been sacked from his position as the Commissioner of Sri Lanka’s Inventors’ Commission.
Prof. Halwatura’s sacking has been followed by a political appointment to the chair.
Employees of the commission accuse the government of appointing an unqualified individual as the head of the commission based on political affiliations.
Prof. Rangika Halwatura has been sacked from his post due to having opposed illegal appointments and misappropriation of funds at the Inventors’ Commission.
Prof. Rangika Halwatura is the youngest professor qualified in engineering within Sri Lanka’s entire university system and is also a Professor at the Moratuwa the Universities’ Engineering Faculty.
Prof. Rangika Halwatura also won first place in the Young Scientist Selection Competition held by the World Academy of Scientists in 2017, bringing great fame to Sri Lanka.
Subsequently, in 2019, Prof. Rangika Halwatura was appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Innovation Commission and during the tenure of Sujeewa Senasinghe as the State Minister of Science and Technology and spearheaded the ‘Shilpa Sena Inventors Exhibition’ which became extremely popular.
A member of the Viyathmaga movement, Prof. Halwatura was again appointed as the Commissioner of Sri Lanka’s Inventors’ Commission in March 2020 under the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The relevant institution meanwhile comes under the direct purviews of State Minister Sita Arambepola, who is also a member of ‘Viyatmaga’.
It is reported that Prof. Rangika Halwatura has performed a record number of duties through the Inventors’ Commission from 2020 to date.