Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2010)|
|Rajarata University of Sri Lanka|
|Type||Undergraduate, Postgraduate Education|
|Location||Mihintale, Sri Lanka|
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (Tamil: ரஜரட்ட பல்கலைக்கழகம், Sinhala: රජරට විශ්වවිද්යාලය, abbreviated RUSL) is a university located in the historic city of Mihintale, near Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It was established on 31 January 1996.
In November 1995 the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (RUSL) was established by the Gazette Notification No: 896/2 of 7 November 1995 in the administrative District of Anuradhapura. The Central Province Affiliated University College (CPAUC) in Polgolla, located 140 km from the main campus at Mihinthale, Anuradhapura was amalgamated to the RUSL as its Faculty of Applied Sciences (FASc). The immediate task of the FASc was to upgrade all the students of the CPAUC who had successfully completed their diploma requirements, to the graduate level. On this task the FASc was inaugurated on 10 January 1997 to commence the third-year degree programme with a batch of 102 students, who graduated in 1998. The first batch of students who were directly sent by the UGC to follow the degree programme was enrolled in November 1997.
After functioning for nearly 10 years at Polgolla, the faculty was established in the main campus at Mihinthale, on 16 January 2006 upon completion of Stage I of the building complex.
The university consists of five faculties, Applied Sciences, Agriculture, Management Studies, Medicine and Allied Sciences,Social Science and Humanities
Faculty of Agriculture (FA) offers
- B.Sc. Agriculture(Special) four year degree in Agriculture
On the recommendation of the committee on affiliated University colleges (1994) nine Affiliated University collages spread out in various provinces of the country were merged to from two National Universities , the Rajarata and Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka on 1996. The Affiliated University college of the North Western province which consisted of two academic sections namely; Home science and Nutrition and the Agriculture, originally affiliated to the University of kelaniya and peradeniya respectively, were merged to from the Wayamba Campus of the Rajarata University in terms of the provisions of the section 18 and 47(1) of the University act. No 16 of 1978 and campus board ordinance NO: 3 of 1995. Two faculties were set up to from the Wayamba Campus namely, the faculty of Agricultural Science and the faculty of Applied Seiences, each with three departments of study. The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences constituted the Department of plantation Management, Horticultural Sciences and Food Technology and Agricultural Engineering. A three year general degree in Agricultural Science was offered. Later in 1999, a committee was appointed to made recommendations to upgrade the Wayamba Campus to a fully-fledged university. Based on the recommendations of this committee the Wayamba University was established in August 1999. With that faculty of Agricultural Sciences taken over to the Wayamba University in 1999 and Rajarata University looses its Agriculture Faculty. In year 2001 a new Agriculture Faculty of the Rajarata University was incepted at Puliyankulama closes to ancient Anuradhapura and about ten kilometers away from Mihintale where administration building complex and other sister faculties were located. It was started at a renovated paddy store complex where faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities was located earlier. From the beginning there were three departments namely,
Department of Agricultural Systems Department of Plant Sciences. Department of Soil and Water Resources Management.
A new curricular was designed with the objective of uplifting dry zone agriculture and awarded a B.Sc degree in Agriculture which is a four year special degree. First batch of 17 students was recruited in 21 April 2001 under the patronage of the first dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Puliyankulama Prof. S.H. Upasena. From that two comprehensive curriculum revisions were carried out in 2003 and 2006. The total annual intake is 100 students today.
Faculty of Applied Sciences (FASc)
The following degree programs are offered by the FASc.
- B.Sc. (General) three-year degree in Applied Sciences
- B.Sc. four-year degree in Applied Sciences
- B.Sc. four-year degree in Industrial Mathematics
- B.Sc. (Special) four-year degree in Applied Biology
- B.Sc. four-year degree in Health Promotion
- B.Sc. four-year degree in Information & Communication Technology(ICT)
- B.Sc. (Joint Major) four-year degree in Biology & Physics
The FASc, Mihintale consists of two departments: Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences. The Department of Biological Sciences offers courses in the fields of Botany/Zoology/Biology while the Department of Physical Sciences offers courses in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology.
All the courses are offered in English.
Faculty of Management Studies
Faculty of Management Studies offer first-level and postgraduate degrees. It consist of four departments that offer B.Sc. degrees in
- B.Sc. (Special) in Accountancy & Finance
- B.Sc. (Special) in Business Management
- B.Sc. (Special) in Tourism & Hospitality Management
- B.Sc. (Special) in Business Information Technology
These degree programmes are conducted in English. The Faculty of Management Studies, Rajarata University is the only faculty that offer B.Sc. Degrees in Tourism & Hospitality Management and Business Information Technology in Sri Lanka.
Postgraduate studies involves postgraduate diplomas, MBA and Msc (Management).
Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences (FMAS)
This faculty was started in 2005 as a concept of President Mahinda Rajpaksa. The first dean was Prof. Malkanthi Chandrasekara. Each year nearly 180 students enters the faculty and the first two batches have graduated with flying colors in 2012 and 2013 respectively, obtaining high positions in the common merit list of MBBS graduates in Sri Lanka in these two years. Prof. Malini Udupihiile works as the present dean and during the last few years of its existence there has been a rapid development of infrastructure, most notable of all is the construction of new multi-storied buildings for para-clinical and clinical departments.
Faculty of Social Science and Humanities