Thursday, 30 May 2024

Inauguration Ceremony of HDCR and DCRP of the Department of Sociology

In 2014, the Department of Sociology embarked on a transformative journey by introducing the Higher Diploma in Correction and Rehabilitation for Prison Officers (HDCR) and the Diploma in Correction and Rehabilitation for Prison Officers (DCRP). Spearheaded by Professor Geethani Amaratunga, this initiative aimed to enhance the professional capabilities of prison officers, ensuring a more effective and humane approach to correctional practices.

The founding coordinators, Dr. Anusha Edirisinghe, and Senior Lecturer Sudeera Jayaweera played pivotal roles in shaping the programs until 2023, laying a strong foundation for their continued success. Recently, on the 7th of April 2024, an inauguration program marked the commencement of the new batches, the 3rd batch for HDCR and the 6th batch for DCRP at the Social Sciences Auditorium of the University of Kelaniya. This event heralded a new chapter, with Senior Lecturer Indika Rajapaksha and Lecturer Auchithya Rathnayake taking over as the coordinators, poised to lead the programs to greater heights.

Organized by the Department of Sociology, the inauguration was graced by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor M. M. Gunatilake, as the guest of honor. Professor Praneeth Abhayasundara from the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the importance of rehabilitation in the correctional system.

The presence of Mr. Ajith Basnayake, the Commissioner of Prisons, highlighted the collaboration between academia and the prison service, underscoring the commitment to improve correctional practices. Professor D. M. Ubesekara and Senior Professor K. Karunathilake also shared their insights, emphasizing the significance of continuous learning and professional development in the field.

The event was a testament to the growing recognition of the importance of correction and rehabilitation education for prison officers. Senior Lecturer Anoma Rathnayake, the Head of the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, and the lecturers of the Department of Sociology joined in celebrating this milestone, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the programs and their broader impact on society.

 

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