University of Kelaniya

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University of Kelaniya
කැළණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය
களனி பல்கலைக்கழகம்
Established 1875/1959
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor [Pfo.Sunanda Madduma Bandara
Admin. staff 771 academic, 637 non-academic
Location Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Campus Suburban

The University of Kelaniya (Sinhala: කැළණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය, Tamil: களனி பல்கலைக்கழகம்) is a state university of Sri Lanka. Situated just outside the municipal limits of Colombo, in the ancient and historic city of Kelaniya, the University has two major campuses, seven locations, six faculties and four institutions.


The University of Kelaniya has its origin in the historic Vidyalankara Pirivena, founded in 1875 as a centre of learning for Buddhist monks. It was one of the two great national centres of traditional higher learning, heralding the first phase of the national movement and national resurgence.

With the establishment of modern Universities in Sri Lanka in the 1940s and 1950s, the Vidyalankara Pirivena became the Vidyalankara University in 1959, later the Vidyalankara Campus of the University of Ceylon in 1972 and, ultimately, the University of Kelaniya in 1978.

Today, the University of Kelaniya is one of the major national Universities. It is located just outside the municipal limits of Colombo, in the ancient and historic city of Kelaniya, on the north bank of the Kelani River. It has two major campuses, seven locations, six faculties and four institutions. The University of Kelaniya has pioneered a number of new developments in Higher Education. It was one of the first Universities to begin teaching science in sinhala, and also the first to restructure the traditional Arts Faculty into three separate Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Commerce and Management. It also has several unique Departments not generally found in the Sri Lankan University system and some Kelaniya innovations have been adopted subsequently by other Universities. These include the Departments of Industrial Management and Microbiology in the Faculty of Science; Departments of Linguistics, Fine Arts, Modern Languages and Hindi in the Faculty of Humanities; and Mass Communication and Library and Information Sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

In Keeping with its historical root, the University is one of the national centers of excellence in Pali and Buddhist Studies and related fields. It has long established and well-developed Departments of Pali and Buddhist Studies (incorporating chairs in Buddhist Civilization and Buddhist Philosophy), Sanskrit, Linguistics, Philosophy, Sinhala, and Hindi, as well as the Postgraduate Institute of Pali & Buddhist Studies. Kelaniya also maintains close links with the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka (whose Vice-Chancellors have often been drawn from the University of Kelaniya Faculty). Thus, the University of Kelaniya forms the centre of an academic complex, specializing in modern developments in traditional disciplines. It also retains a close link with its mother institution, the Vidyalankara Pirivena, whose Head is also the Chancellor of the University.

At the same time, the University of Kelaniya has a modern and multi-cultural structure and perspective, with the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Social Sciences and Commerce & Management and a strong base in modern languages, including the teaching of Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Tamil, and Modern Linguistics. Presently engaged in extensive restructuring as it enters the 21st century, the University of Kelaniya looks forward to a new phase in its 125-year history of development.

--Edited by : Brian Scott 19:33, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Coat Of Arms[edit]

The coat of arms of the University of Kelaniya is circular in design and consists of three concentric bands, the outermost of which contains the name of the University in Sinhala and English. The motto of the institution "Pannaya Parisujjhati" (self-purification is by insight) is a quotation from the Alavaka-sutta of the Samyutta Nikaya, given in Sinhala characters in the same band. The middle band containing a creeper design encloses the innermost, which shows a full blown lotus, signifying purity. These two designs are reminiscent of those occurring in the well-known moonstones at Anuradhapura. [ University of Kelaniya]]

--Edited by : Brian Scott 19:33, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

University of Kelaniya.

Vision of the University[edit]

To become a centre of excellence in creation and dissemination of knowledge for sustainable development.

Mission of the University[edit]

To nuture intellectual citizens through creativity and innovation, who contribute to the national development.

The Anthem Of The University[edit]

The Anthem of the University of Kelaniya was sung for the first time on the 15th of May 2007 at the inauguration of the Orientation Programme for the new entrants. The lyric of the Anthem was approved by the Senate of the University of Kelaniya on 28 March 2007. The Anthem was sung at the 200th meeting of Senate of the University of Kelaniya which was held on 24 October 2007

සිය දෙස කිතු ගොස
උරුමය සුරකින
සියත් සුවඳ
විදු කිරණ බෙදා දෙන
සරා සඳකි විදුලකර උදාගිර
කැලණිය සරසවි මාතා

සතර සයුර වී - දැයට නුවණ දෙන
සත් සිළුමිණ වී - ඉසුරු සදාලන
දැයේ ජීව උල්පත වන් නොසිදෙන
කැලණිය සරසවි මාතා

සුනිසිත සුවියත් පිවිතූරු නැණ ගූණ
යුගයෙන් යුගයට දැයට තිළිණ කර
තරු පිරිවර සහ මුළු ලොව සරසන
කැලණිය සරසවි මාතා
විදු අඹර බැබලේවා
සිය දෙස කිතු ගොස...

පද රචනය: දර්ශන රත්නායක
සංගීතය සහ තනුව: රෝහණ වීරසිංහ

--Edited by : Brian Scott 19:33, 5 October 2013 (UTC)


Faculty Of Science[edit]

The Faculty of Science started functioning in October 1967 with Prof. Charles Dahanayake as the Dean of Science. The intake of the first batch of students was 57. Formal approval for the Faculty was given by the Minister of Education in 1968.

The faculty was housed in the main building known as the “Science Block”. Due to the continued increase in the student intake from year to year, a new Lecture Theatre Complex and an Auditorium were constructed in 1992, which enabled the intake of students to be increased to 450 in 2003. A new laboratory complex for the Chemistry Department and three buildings for the Departments for Industrial Management, Microbiology and Zoology have now been completed.

The faculty was the first among the Sri Lankan Universities to initiate the change over from the traditional three subject (General) degree with end of year examinations to a more flexible Course Unit System, i.e. a modularized credit based system within a two-semester academic year with the end of semester examinations. It offers a variety of course pathways designed to provide flexibility in the choice of subjects. Under this system students have the option of reading for a traditional three subject degree or for a degree consisting of two principal subjects and a selection of course units drawn from other subject areas. The B.Sc. (Special) degree courses, begun in 1974, adopted the course unit system in 1986.

Faculty of Science

The faculty consists of eight departments:

Department of Industrial Management[edit]

It focuses on a degree of MIT which gives knowledge of Management and Information Technology. Also the department is offering masters degrees which focuses on the same area.From 2014 on-wards it will be launched one new degree program of Bsc in Software Engineering.

You can find more information at: [1]

Faculty Of Medicine[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya is situated in a 35-acre (140,000 m2) campus at Ragama. It is one of six medical schools in Sri Lanka. The faculty began classes with the admission of 120 students in September 1991. Before that it was called the North colombo medical college (NCMC). The NCMC, the first privately funded medical school in Sri Lanka started in 1980 with the admission of 100 local and 20 foreign students, who started graduating in 1990. Dr. Heenilame was its first Chairman and Dr. W.D. Ratnavelle, its first Director. The first batch of students, under the new name, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya completed their five year course and graduated MBBS in September 1996. Prof. Carlo Fonseka was the first dean in the renamed medical school.

The faculty has over 1000 students on its roll. This number includes foreign students, mainly from other South Asian countries, who have been admitted on a fee levying basis. The faculty also welcomes students for elective appointments. Students from medical schools in Europe, USA and Australia have spent their elective periods with the university.

There is a permanent academic staff of over 90 and in addition 40 temporary academic staff and over 60 visiting staff that includes consultants who are based in the affiliated teaching hospitals.

Faculty Of Social Science[edit]

The faculty of social sciences, in terms of student population, is the largest faculty in the University of Kelaniya.

You can Find More Information at:

Department of Library and Information Science[edit]

Faculty Of Humanities[edit]

The faculty includes disciplines associated with Buddhist and Asian cultures, such as Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sinhala, Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi, Japanese and Chinese, while teaching courses in modern European languages such as English, French, German and Russian.

Departments in the Faculty of Humanities

ry Science

  • Mass Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Faculty Of Commerce and Management[edit]

The faculty consists of four departments:

  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Accountancy
  • Department of Marketing Management
  • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Department of Commerce

Faculty Of Graduate Studies[edit]

Twenty three postgraduate degree programmes and six postgraduate diploma programmes are coordinated by the Faculty of Graduates Studies.

Postgraduate Diplomas

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Regional Planning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial and Business Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Postgraduate Degrees

  • M.A. in Sinhala
  • M.A. in Linguistics
  • M.A. in Drama and Theatre
  • M. S. Sc. in Mass Communication
  • M. S. Sc. in Sociology
  • M. S. Sc. in Geography
  • M. S. Sc. in Library Science
  • M. S. Sc. in Economics
  • M. S. Sc. in Political Science
  • M. S. Sc. in History
  • M. S. Sc. in Philosophy
  • M. Sc. in Applied Microbiology
  • M. Sc. in Food and Nutrition
  • M. Sc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management
  • M. Sc. in Biodiversity and Integrated Environmental Management
  • M. Sc. in Industrial and Environment Chemistry
  • M. Sc. in Management and Information Technology
  • M. Sc. in Computer Science
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Business Management
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Medicine

Affiliated institutes[edit]


Information and Communication Technology Centre[edit]

The ICT Centre provides support services in IT related teaching, research, internet services, staff development and hardware maintenance for the entire university. It conducts computer literacy course open for all students and advanced courses in Visual Basic, web designing and hardware technology for the students who have successfully completed the computer literacy course. On-the-job training in the IT arena is provided for the young people just out of the university who work in the ICT Centre.

The maintenance unit provides network, hardware and software support to the clients within the university, and IT solutions for academic departments and administrative branches of the university. Video filming of special events of the university since 2005 is an additional service.

Historically Related Institutions[edit]

The Vidyodaya University was created at the same time as the Vidyalankara University. Today Vidyodaya University is known as the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Faculty and alumni[edit]

External links[edit]