It is a well-known fact that Sri Lankan university
system is not fulfilled with those high facilities. It is mainly because of the
most government universities are established under the free education system.
But there are some common unfulfilled facilities in the universities and not
having a proper auditorium is one of the most identified problems in university
of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Building or having an auditorium is somewhat
expensive. An auditorium provides the
advantage in promoting the aims of education in a university .In many cases the
auditorium would be idle and therefore the relevant authorities tend to believe
that it is good to have those small auditoriums rather than having big and
advanced auditoriums. It is really important to have an auditorium where
recreational activities and celebrations could take place. Curricular and
creative things such as music, dramas, debates, talent shows, exhibitions can
be carried out. An auditorium can be also used for holding public lectures.
This is beneficial for university as we can involve many students for these
kinds of learning activities. Very often university students use this
auditoriums for various, cultural and social purposes.
The size of an auditorium has to be decided on the
basis of its uses and functions as well as the capacity of undergraduates of
the university. The auditorium should be enough to accommodate the needs of the
university. Another aspect that we need to consider is the auditorium should be
located on the ground floor and should be easily accessible from all
departments and faculties. This should be preferably located in a separate wing
so that while it is being used, lectures won’t get disturbed due to noise and
crowd. For the convenience auditorium must provide the parking facilities
outside or near.
The acoustical design of an auditorium is different
because of the specific demands of the performing arts, which differentiate the
auditorium from a common lecture hall. The auditorium will provide many
students their first introduction to performing arts, both as performers and
audiences. We would like this introduction to the stage to be a positive one.
Therefore it is better to have an auditorium in the university with these
requirements. The acoustical design must be with room size and shape, and
properly designed sound amplification system. This must also include careful
sound isolation from nearby places and a very quiet mechanical system.
A good auditorium must have good acoustics. There
should be relevant equipment like speaker’s stand and comfortable surroundings.
An auditorium should be constructed in a way that the speaker’s voice is
clearly heard in the entire auditorium without echoes. The appearance and the
acoustics have to be improved using appropriate curtains, wall hangings and
absorbent roof and ceilings. The most important thing is the lighting. It plays
an important part in overall efficiency of an auditorium. The lighting facility
should be flexible. There should be facilities for increasing or decreasing the
intensity of colour. Adequate facilities of flood lightings and spot lightings
should be available.