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Members of the University Councils

Eastern University, Sri Lanka

Name Qualification & Position
His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Ponniah Archbishop of Batticaloa
Mr. S M Hussain Provincial Agriculture Director, Eastern – To assist Agriculture Faculty in providing on-farm training etc.
Professor G F Rajendram Former Vice-Chancellor, Eastern University, Sri Lanka (1995-1998)
Mr. M K Perinparaja Attorney-at-Law of Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Notary Public & Commissioner of Oaths.
Dr. K Murugananthan Provincial Health Services Director– Eastern Province
Dr. M S Ibralebbe Director, Teaching Hospital – Batticaloa. Directly involved in providing clinical training to medical students of the Batticloa medical faculty
Mr. Manickam Uthayakumar Commissioner/ Municipal Council, Batticaloa
Mr. Anura Dissanayake Former Secretary, Ministry of Education, Addl Sec, Ministry of Education, Consultant, Transaction Manager, PERC
Mrs. P S M Charles District Secretary/ Government Agent - Batticaloa
Professor Uma Coomaraswamy Former Vice-Chancellor, The Open University of Sri Lanka
Mr. P A Hassan Fellow Institute of Financial Accounts (UK), MBA (UK), MPA (SJP). Presently the Director, TAIBAH Marketing (pvt) Ltd. SL. Also Director, Ampara District Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Professor S Maunaguru Retired Professor of Fine Arts, Eastern University, Sri Lanka


Training Programme for Training Career Guidance Unit Staff of the State Universities on Three Modules Introduced in the UGC Circular No: 934 of October 21, 2010 held on 25th 26th and 27th November 2014 at the Hotel Janaki Colombo

The Standing Committee on Career Guidance of the University Grants Commission, noted that Career Guidance Directors and Career Advisors should be conversant with modules mentioned in UGC Circular 934 in order to implement same in universities. Based on recent reviews of Career Guidance Units, it was identified that universities did not implement the modules in giving the necessary training to students due to lack of knowledge on the content specified in the modules in the aforesaid Circular. Therefore, the Standing Committee on Career Guidance successfully conducted a training programme for trainers, particularly on the modules offered on Career Guidance and Career Development for a period of three days covering those aspects.

50 participants including Directors of Career Guidance, Career Guidance Counsellors and Career Guidance Advisors and Faculty Coordinators of each University attached to the Career Guidance Units of the Universities participated at the Training programme held on 25th 26th and 27th November 2014 at the Hotel Janaki Colombo.


Address by the Prof. H Abeygunawardena, Member/UGC, Chairman/ Standing Committee on Career Guidance/UGC



Address the gathering by Dr. BMK Perera, University of Peradeniya


Address the gathering by Dr. Aruna Shantha, University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Address the gathering by Mr. Gamini Hettiarachchi, Ministry of Public Management Reforms


Address the gathering by Mrs. Carmeline Jayasuriya, John Keells Foundation


ASAIHL International Conference 2013 on 5 & 6 December 2013

ASAIHL 2013 International Conference under the theme of "Education for All : Prospects and Challenges" organized by the Associaltion of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) and the UGC in collaboration with the University of Kelaniya and the University of Colombo was held in Colombo on 5th and 6th December, 2013. The Conference was attended by over 150 including the researchers from abroad and a galaxy of high profile dons. 

The Conference was graced by the Hon. S.B. Dissnayake, Minister of Higher Education and the Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs Sri Lanka was also a keynote speaker.

In addition to the Keynote Speech made by Prof. D. Wijesekara, presentation of selected papers and invited Speeches by learning personalities were made. 





The Commonwealth of the Future, Conference on 26 November 2013

The UGC jointly with the MoHE organized a Conference on 26.11.2014 at Taj Samudra Hotrel with a view to drawing up  recommendations for consideration by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa the Chairperson-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations in formulating  its agenda and action plan for the next two years. The Conference was attended by over 250 including the  Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and a galaxy of high profile dons.

The Conference comprised plenary and brainstorming sessions; it  culminated in  interim recommendations which were submitted to His Excellency the President by Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson of the UGC. Hon. S.B. Dissanayake felicitated His Excellency the President by presenting a memento.


Distinguished guests lighting the oil lamp


 Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama Chairperson, UGC delivering the welcome address


 Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Vice Chairman, UGC delivering the opening remarks


 Prof GL Peiris Hon Minister of External Affairs delivering his address


 Dr PB Jayasundara Secretary, Ministry of  Finance and Planning delivering his speech


 Ms. Jeeva Niriella Head, Dept. of Public & International Law delivering her presentation


  Highlights of the conference


 Group discussions


  Vote of thanks by Mr Tissa Nandasena, Secretary, UGC























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