Make university life the best experience - VC Peradeniya University
Health and transport sectors are two key areas where there are
frequent trade union actions. Another area notorious for unrest is
The Peradeniya University
A common factor the strikers forget is the government inputs that
have gone in to these sectors by way of welfare, additional wages and
other infrastructure facilities which run in to billions of rupees
Even the university student of Peradeniya may not know that
government on average allocates around Rs. 3 million annually to
maintain this institution. In addition deserving students get Mahapola
scholarships and global lecturer exchange programs to study under
Considered as one of the world's largest universities the Vice
Chancellor of the University Prof. Athula Senaratne said that this year
the government would allocate nearly Rs. 2 billion to increase hostel
facilities and also build lecture halls.
Last year over Rs. 20 million was spent to upgrade the Engineering
Faculty where new equipment was provided. In addition a Rs. 50 million
grant was provided to the veterinary section to intensify research.
He said similarly other faculties have received over Rs. 150 million
in recent times to upgrade to meet the international standards
The Peradeniya University was established as the University of Ceylon
The University of Peradeniya hosts eight faculties (including the
newly added Allied Health Science faculty), two postgraduate institutes,
10 centres, 73 departments, and about 11,000 students in the fields of
medicine, agriculture, arts, science, engineering, dental sciences,
veterinary medicine and animal science and allied health science. It
claims to the largest government endowment by a higher educational
institution in Sri Lanka, based on its large staff and faculties,
In 2013 the University of Peradeniya was ranked No: 1 in Sri Lanka in
research by ResearchGate. In 2010, according to University Ranking by
Academic Performance (URAP),University of Peradeniya ranked 1426th in
the world. It is the only Sri Lankan university ranked under URAP.
The university has developed international relationships since its
early days. Student exchange programs, collaborative research, split
postgraduate programs, international seminars, conferences and short
courses are being carried out with these global partners via the
Directorate of Research and International Affairs of the university.
This was established as a separate institution in 2006.
/University /has initiated cooperation programs with foreign
governments and institutions.
|An MoU was
inked between University of Peradeniya and Yamagata University,
Japan. Here Prof. Athula Senaratne, Vice Chancellor, the Dean,
Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. H. Yasuda, Vice President of
Yamagatha University, Dr. M.I.M. Mowjood and Heads of
Departments after singing the MoU last year.
The Sarachchandra open air theatre
Sports activities in the university are conducted by the Department
of Physical Education. University of Peradeniya has 30 athletics teams
up-to date. Sports facilities include a well equipped gymnasium; which
is one of the largest multi-purpose outstation stadiums in Sri Lanka,
a 50m swimming pool and separate stadiums for cricket ,rugby ,football,
football, ,hockey .tennis ,track and field and elle. The DNA sequencer
to the University of Peradeniya was commissioned recently and it will be
used to provide sequencing services to researchers.
Commenting on the much talked about leadership training program for
students he said that this is something that should have being
introduced over 10 years ago.
Another controversial area in the university life is the ragging and
he said that this now turning out to be something in the past. “The
counter masseurs taken have provided very effective.”
He said even some of the extremist political parties that try to use
undergraduates to meet their political ends are reducing as the students
know their ulterior motives.
He however said that the strikes and unrest in the universities in
the past has had a major negative impact for the higher education sector
as today the university entry level average age has dropped to around
“When I entered the University this was around 18 years.”
“The extremist political parties have take responsibility for this
for instigating violence at Universities which resulted in lowering of
the enarty age from an average 19 to 25 years.”
Currently the student strength of the University is around 11, 000
and there are eight faculties. “We also provide hostel facilities for
over 6,000.” With the new hostel facility to be completed end of the
year the hostel facilities would be further increased.
He said that with regard to salaries they too have being increased by
over 35%. “One must also take in to account the duty free permits, one
year paid leave once in seven years and other benefits that are provided
for the academic staff,” he said.
Every seven years the staff get one year fully paid leave and they
have the opportunity to go overseas and lecture during this period and
this option is taken the air tickets of the spouse too is being found
for them. In other words it's a fully paid holiday for any destination
in the world.
Commenting on their CES initiatives he said that the University is
the authority on analyzing alien objects, agriculture and health
research, soil testing, identifying petroleum deposits and natural
recourses. One must also praise our research which has helped both the
government and the private sector.”
In addition students also go to the villages and carry out series of
CRS educational work which have helped communities transform their
“My approach is student centered, by this I mean that all my efforts
at the end should benefit our students. Here I totally agree with Sir
Ivor Jennings the founder of this great University who lucidly declared
that “The fundamental task is to produce educated men and women in the
fullest sense of that phrase, men and women who are capable of
fulfilling any function in the world that may fall to their lot,
citizens of high intelligence, complete moral integrity, and possessing
energy, initiative, judgment, tact and qualities of leadership” he said.
“I appeal to my student to give priority to their studies and to make
the University life the best experience in their life taking advantage
of all the facilities available. I appeal to the parents of our students
to be vigilant of their sons and daughters and to encourage and support
them to reach their potential.
While acknowledging that University of Peradeniya may already have
the best teachers of all the Universities in the nation, I appeal to my
academic staff to continue the great heritage of the intellectual giants
of the yester year. I appeal to the supporting staff to be the most
efficient and supportive officers and workers to realize our goal. While
widely opening the door to our past lumni, I sincerely appeal to you to
pay tribute to your alma-mater so hat together we can take her to new