Design and Construction of Building and Other Related Structures
for the Department of Computer Science, University of Jaffna

  • The Chairman, Ministry of Procurement Committee (MPC) on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Jaffna placed paper advertisements on 20th of July 2018, to invite bids for the construction of building and other related structures for the Department of Computer Science, University of Jaffna at Thirunelvely.
    Estimated direct construction cost:208 million rupees excluding VAT
    Contract period:730 calendar days
    Minimum required ICTAD grade:C2
  • The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) sent a letter on 17th of December 2018 to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna stating that the MPC has decided to award the contract to the substantially responsive bidder M/S Sanken Construction (Pvt) Ltd and the contract was later signed having the following project details:
    Project Name:Design Construction and Commissioning of Building and Other Related Structures
    for the Department of Computer Science, University of Jaffna
    Contract Sum:LKR 206,942,802.00 + VAT
    Client Name:University of Jaffna
    Design & Build Contractor:Sanken Construction (Pvt) Ltd
    Date of Commencement:17th of April 2019
    Date of Completion:Substantially Completed on 13 December 2021 
  • By April 2019, M/S Sanken Construction completed demolishing the building that was previously used by the Health Centre of the university, and the State Timber Corporation cut down all the trees that were located in the construction site.
  • The excavation work of the new building for the DCS was organized by Dr. A. Ramanan (then Head of the DCS) and ritually commenced at the construction site on 29th of May 2019 at the auspicious time soon after 9.30 a.m. A coconut was broken by Dr. S. Mahesan (one of the pioneer academics of the DCS) and camphor was lightened by Dr. K. Thabotharan (one of the pioneer students of the DCS) with prayers of all the members of the DCS including student representatives of each batch, DR/Capital Works, Engineer/Works, and Superintend/Works. Also, M/S Sanken Constructions (Pvt) Ltd who undertook the project were present at the occasion. Dean/Science was unable to be present at the event due to an important meeting at the University. It’s a great pleasure to have a permanent place for the DCS and to effectively conduct its academic, research, and outreach activities in the future.
  • Following is a summary of concreting the slabs of the DCS building:
    Basement:18 July 2019
    Ground Floor (Part 1):23 August 2019
    First Floor (Part 1):5 October 2019
    Second Floor (Part 1):1 November 2019
    First Floor (Part 2):13 November 2019
    Third Floor (Part 1):9 December 2019
    Second Floor (Part 2):24 December 2019
    Third Floor (Part 2):3 February 2020
    Top Floor:20 June 2020
  • On 18th of December 2019 the Competent Authority/UoJ sent a letter to the Secretary of the MoHETI requesting for additional funds of LKR 7.7 million to complete the roof work of the DCS building. On 29th of June 2020 the MoHETI replied that the Ministry has no objection for obtaining additional funding from the AHEAD project for completing the roof work. On 7th of July 2020, Mr. D.H.C. Aturupane (Lead Economist, Education Global Practice, The World Bank) approved the proposed additional work (value LKR 7.7 Mn). M/S Sanken Construction completed setting up the rooftop of the building as per the requirements to facilitate the installation of solar photovoltaic panels in the future.
  • Time to time due to the lockdowns implemented island-wide in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction work progressed slowly. Finally, Prof. S. Srisatkunarajah the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna ceremonially opened the new building on 1st of June 2022.
  • The new building provides space and other facilities for the Department of Computer Science having lecture halls, computer laboratories, a research laboratory, staff rooms, washrooms, open study hall, basement vehicle park, etc. The new building is located inside the main campus of the university premises behind the Mathematics Block.