SRI LANKA COLLEGE OF PAEDIATRICIANS
PROFESSOR C.C.DE SILVA ORATION & DR. STELLA G. DE SILVA ORATION

Guidelines for submissions

General considerations

These are prestigious orations held under the auspices of the College and are usually awarded to the best manuscripts submitted each year. The submissions must be made before the stipulated closing date. No submissions received after the closing date would be entertained even for consideration. There is no “carry-over” of submissions from one year to another.

The orations are awarded to narratives which mainly consist of research undertaken by the prospective orator. Extensive reviews of available literature with very little or no research data from work done by the prospective orator would not be considered for selection.

Specific procedure to be followed in formulating the submissions :-

  • Five hard copies of the manuscript should be submitted to the Hony. Secretary of the College. The text should be printed in a single column format on one side of the paper only.
  • The computer language MUST be set to English (U.K.) and NOT to English (U.S.) or any other variant of the language.
  • The manuscript should be prepared in Times New Roman font size 12. The page settings should leave 2.5 centimetre margins right round. The line spacing should be set to 1.5 in the paragraph settings. Bold and Italic text may be used to highlight important components of the text. Underlining should be avoided.
  • The pages should be numbered with the page number being inserted at the bottom, in the centre.
  • The presentation should be made EXACTLY as it would be presented following selection after evaluation. It should be prepared in an attractive presentation style as a narrative of a composite presentation. The major component of the presentation should consist of research work undertaken by the prospective orator either alone or in collaboration with others. However, it is suggested that the research work is presented in a narrative style rather than in the format of a heavily structured research paper style.
  • Submissions of just a collection of research publications or research papers without them being harnessed onto a composite presentation would not be considered. However, published research papers may be provided as annexures.

Evaluation

The evaluation of the submissions would be undertaken by a Sub-committee appointed by the College. The Sub-committee would consist of the incumbent President of the College and two other members appointed by the Council of the College. Each member would perform the assessment individually. The final marks would be averaged out finally.

The evaluation would be done using the following Rating Scale.

Title of the Manuscript :

Description of the Assessment Criterion Grading from 0 to 10
  1. Originality of the work presented
  1. Review of the literature on the subject
  1. Introduction, Background or Preamble
  1. Quality of the data in the body of the manuscript
  1. Discussion of the different aspects of research presented
  1. Language and style of presentation in the manuscript. Does it need editing or revision?
  1. References cited in the text and their relevance
  1. Quality of the research work undertaken
  1. General compatibility of the manuscript with the guidelines
  1. Overall evaluation of the manuscript
TOTAL /100

 

 

Signature:                                                                            Date:

 

The total marks given by the evaluators would be aggregated and a mean value determined.

The orations would be awarded to the highest value above 60.

In the case of a tie, the incumbent President of the College would make the final selection.

17th February 2016.

Prof. C.C. de Silva Memorial Oration

This prestigious oration, held in memory of one of the most dignified exponents of the art and science of paediatrics in Sri Lanka, was inaugurated in 1988. It is awarded through open competition on scientific manuscripts of original research.

Cholmondeley Chalmers de Silva was born on the 25th of February 1904. He had his early education at Bishops College, Government Training College and then at St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He entered the Colombo Medical College in 1922 and after a couple of years joined The University College London and Kings College Hospital. He graduated with MRCS LRCP in 1928. Thereafter, he returned to Ceylon in 1929 and served at the Chilaw Hospital, the De Soysa Maternity Hospital and at Gampaha Hospital.

He left again for the United Kingdom in 1929 and acquired the MRCP(London) and returned to Ceylon in 1931. As Ceylon was in the midst of a world recession at that time, he could not find employment in the Government Service and set himself up in Private Practice at Dehiwala. In 1938 he returned to London to study for the MD and a year later he was back in Ceylon again.

In 1949 he joined the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ceylon as the first Professor of Paediatrics. His main clinical interests were nutritional disorders, haemoglobinopathies and infective diarrhoeas. However he had many interests outside the hospital setting. He was instrumental in setting up the Convalescent Home at Thalagolla for nutritional rehabilitation of malnourished children. He was a pioneer in the field of family planning, contributing extensively towards it from about the mid sixties. He also looked after the health of baby gorillas at the Dehiwala zoo.

When the second medical school was started at Peradeniya in 1964, Prof. C C de Silva took up the challenge of organizing the Department of Paediatrics and laboured tirelessly until it was fully established. He retired in 1966 and left us forever on the 20th of May 1987.

Professor C C de Silva was a colossus among the medical giants of his era and one of the greatest paediatricians in Sri Lanka who defies a single label. He was undoubtedly the father of modern scientific paediatrics in this country. He was greatly influenced by the philanthropy displayed by his ancestors and devoted a greater part of his professional life for the welfare of underprivileged children of this resplendent emerald isle.

Dr. Stella G De Silva Memorial Oration

This Oration, dedicated to the memory of a dazzling star in the paediatric scenario of this glorious isle, was inaugurated in 2013.

Stella Gertrude De Silva was born on the 2nd of June 1918. In her very early years Stella studied at Prajapathy Vidyalaya, a local school in Ambalangoda. At the age of seven years, the parents sent her to Southlands College, Galle. Stella gained admission to the Ceylon Medical College in 1937, at the tender age of 19 and secured a full scholarship. She absolutely outshone everyone else in the Medical College and qualified as a doctor in 1942.

In 1952, the Ceylon Government, in full cognizance of her outstanding abilities in paediatrics, sent her on a two year postgraduate scholarship to the United Kingdom to specialise in paediatrics. She trained for the first year in the Institute of Child Health of the University of London and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the subsequent year at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital. She obtained the DCH(England), MRCP(Edin) and MRCP(Lond). She was the very first woman from South East Asia to obtain the double MRCP.
She came back to Ceylon, in November 1954 and was appointed to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children. Just two years after her return, in 1956, she secured the ultimate accolade. She got through the MD (Ceylon) examination. In 1959, just five years after her return from England, she was appointed as the Consultant Paediatrician to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital and to the Castle Street Hospital for Women as well as the De Soysa Maternity Home. This was the start of that illustrious career as a Consultant Paediatrician in Sri Lanka. Stella had an admirable passion for her own continuing professional development, even at that stage of her career. In 1967 she accepted a Fulbright Scholarship for one year to work as a Research Fellow in the renowned Babies Hospital in New York.

Dr. Stella De Silva continued with her work at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children and retired in 1973 following over three decades of service to the children of Sri Lanka. Following her retirement from the National Health Service and after a sojourn in private consultation practice, she set up the Department of Paediatrics of the North Colombo Medical College (NCMC) in 1985 and was the Founder Professor of Paediatrics in that institution. Dr. Stella De Silva’s enormous contribution to the medical field have been recognised and honoured by an array of professional organisations. These honours included the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London. In 1994, the Sri Lankan Government bestowed on her the National Honour of Vidyajyothi in cognizance of her exceptional contributions to science and medicine. Then in 1996, she was in a group who were awarded the Fellowship of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians in its inaugural year.

She gave the very best of her time and dedication to the Sri Lanka Paediatric Association, which later became the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians. She was the President of this august institution in 1962/1963. What is not all that well chronicled are her efforts as an editor. She started her editorial duties with the Ceylon Journal of Child Health, Volume 4, in 1967, just 4 years after the inception of the journal. It was then an annual publication and she saw to it that it was published uninterrupted. Together with Dr. B.J.C.Perera, who was appointed as her Co-Editor in the year 2000, she successfully managed to change the title of the journal to that of Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health and converted it from an annual to a quarterly publication. Dr. Stella de Silva decided to give up the reins of managing the journal in 2003 and the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians was delighted to appoint her as its very first Editor Emeritus. Stella’s work as an editor for 36 long years, a World Record by any stretch of imagination, was the cornerstone on which the progress of the journal was based.

Among many other things, in 1983 she pioneered the Zonta Service Project to provide safe drinking water to thousands of settlers in the Mahaweli development area in Kalawewa. When that devastating tsunami struck in December 2004, she rallied, yet again. She gathered a team of specialists and went to Galle, where her roots were, to help those who were affected. She was 85 years of age at that time.

Stella left this mortal world just the same way she lived., just ever so unpretentiously. She quietly faded off over just a few days and left us forever on the 12th of April 2012, at the age of 93.