University Grants Commission (Sri Lanka)

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University Grants Commission – Sri Lanka
Abbreviation UGC
Formation 22 December 1979 (1979-12-22)
Purpose planning and co-ordination of university education, allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), maintenance of academic standards, regulation of the administration of HEIs and regulation of admission of students to HEIs.
Headquarters Colombo
Official language
Sinhala, Tamil, English
Professor Mohan De Silva MBBS; MS; FRCS (Edin); FCSSL
Main organ
Commission Members
Affiliations Government of Sri Lanka
Over 200

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the body responsible for funding most of the State Universities in Sri Lanka, and operates within the frame work of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, itself established by the Cabinet Minister of Education & Higher Education at the time Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne in 1979.[1] A public organisation, established under the Parliament Act No 16 of 1978. Location is at No 20, Ward Place Colombo 07.

It distributes public money, allocated by the Government for teaching and research to universities and university affiliated institutes, as such controls much influence and appointments at state universities.


The official functions of the UGC are;

  • Allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) that come under it
  • Planning and co-ordination of university education
  • Maintenance of academic standards
  • Regulation of the administration of HEIs
  • Regulation of student admissions to HEIs

The Commission members[edit]

The Universities Act provides for seven members of the Commission appointed by H.E. The President. These are:[2]

  • Prof. Mohan De Silva MBBS; MS; FRCS (Edin); FCSSL – Chairman [3]
  • Prof. P.S.M. Gunaratne – Vice-Chairman[4]
  • Prof. Malik Ranasinghe – Commission Member[5]
  • Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria – Commission Member [6]
  • Prof. Hemantha Senanayake – Commission Member[7]
  • Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa – Commission Member[8]
  • Prof. R Kumaravadivel – Commission Member[9]

The following attend the meetings of the Commission but are not members and do not vote:

  • Dr. PKG Harischandra – Treasury Representative who advises the Commission on funds [10]
  • Dr. Priyantha Premakumara – Secretary to the Commission [11]

Higher Educational Institutions controlled by the UGC[edit]

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