University of Sri Jayewardenepura

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University of Sri Jayewardenepura
ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය
University of Sri Jayewardenepura crest.png
Motto Vijja Uppattam Setta
(among all that arise, knowledge is the greatest)
Established 1959 (as Vidyodaya University)
Chancellor Prof. Ven. Bellanvila Vimalarathana Thero
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sampath Amaratunge
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 14,000
Postgraduates 900
Location Nugegoda, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Campus Main premises at Gangodawila
Affiliations University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka,
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Logo of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය, Tamil: ஸ்ரீ ஜயவர்தனபுர பல்கலைக்கழகம்) is a university in Sri Lanka. It is in Gangodawila, Nugegoda, near Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, the capital city. It was formed in 1958 out of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, a Buddhist educational centre.


Students Hero Statue Sri Jayewardenepura University Sri Lanka

In 1956, following a change of government with Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike as the prime minister and following the policy of promoting national languages and culture, it was decided to establish two new universities by conferring university status on the Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara Pirivenas.[1] Accordingly, the Vidyodaya University and Vidyalankara University Act No. 45 of 1958 established the universities at the Vidyodyaya Pirivena at Maligakanda and the Vidyalankara Pirivena at Kelaniya. In 1958, it was reconstituted as the Vidyodaya University of Ceylon.

Sri Lanka University

In 1961, a new location was selected at Gangodawila, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) southeast from the center of Colombo and in walking distance of a main trunk road known as the High Level Road (A4). This road connects Colombo to Ratnapura and beyond. Part of these lands belonged to the nearby Sunethradevi Pirivena, associated with King Parakramabahu VI (1412–1467). The shift of the university to the new site was effected on 22 November 1961, under the direction of Sri Soratha Thera. The vice-chancellor invited the Department of the Government Archives to establish its archives within the campus, close to the University Library, to encourage research.

When Walpola Rahula was the vice-chancellor,[2] the university grew significantly in stature. When Rahula left the university in 1969, linguist D. E. Hettiarachchi took over. A noted employee of at this time was Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was chairman of the United Corporations and Mercantile Union local on the campus. He later went on to be President of Sri Lanka.

Its full-time student population is over 8,500,[3] enrolled in the faculties of Arts, Management Studies and Commerce, Applied Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Graduate Studies


Jayewardenepura Science Faculty
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Sumangala Building
A view of Department of Physics over the garden

The university has five main faculties: Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Studies and Commerce, Medical Sciences, and Graduate Studies.

Faculty of Applied Sciences[edit]

The dean of the faculty is Prof. Sudantha Liyanage of the Department of Chemistry.

Academic departments[edit]

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics and Computer Science
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Forestry and Environmental Science
  • Department of Food Science and Technology

Faculty of Humanities and social sciences[edit]

The dean of the faculty is Mr. C.L.K Nawarathne.

Academic departments[edit]

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of English
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History and Archaeology
  • Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
  • Department of Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Department of Sinhala and Mass Communication
  • Department of Social Statistics
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Department of Information and Communication technology (BSc)

Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce[edit]

Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce

The Dean of the faculty of Management Studies and commerce is Prof. Sampath Amarathunga.

  • Department of Accounting (offered by B.SC Accounting SP)
  • Department of Business Administration (offered By B.Sc Business Adminstation Sp)
  • Department of Commerce (offered by B.Com Special)
  • Department of Decision Sciences (offered By B.Sc Operation Management SP)
  • Department of Entrepreneurship (offered by B.Sc Entrepreneurship Sp)
  • Department of Estate Management & Valuation (offered by B.Sc Estate Mgt. & Valuvation Sp)
  • Department of Finance (offered by B.Sc Finance Sp)
  • Department of Human Resources Management (offered by B.Sc HRM Sp)
  • Department of Information Technology (offered by B.Sc Business Information System Sp)
  • Department of Marketing Management (offered by B.Sc Marketing Mgt SP )
  • Department of Public Management (offered by B.Sc Public Mgt Sp)

Special units[edit]

  • Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC)
  • Accounting Resource Centre (ARC)
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Development Support Unit (SMEDSU)

Faculty of Medical Sciences[edit]

The Department of Medical Education and Health Sciences (DME&HS) was established to improve and sustain the quality of the learning/teaching processes in the faculty and to conduct certificate, diploma of degree courses in Health Sciences. Although Medical Education units are in the university system, the DME&HS is the 'first and only one' department established under the system to develop, implement and review activities related to improving the efficiency of learning/teaching related to Medical and Health Sciences. The DME&HS is successfully facilitating collaborative work in implementing medical and para-medical (Allied Health Sciences) programmes including Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical and Laboratory Science degrees.

Academic departments[edit]

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Community Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Family Medicine
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Medical Education and Health Sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Nursing
  • Paediatrics
  • Parasitology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery[4]

Postgraduate Institute of Management[edit]

The Postgraduate Institute of Management is a semi-autonomous body affiliated to the university. It promotes advanced education and professionalism in management in Sri Lanka through the provision of postgraduate instruction, training, research, and development in the branches of management and administrative studies.

Historically related institution[edit]

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


The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is noted for a high level of ragging in recent years with several major incidents grabbing national headlines. These include the killing of Samantha Vithanage, who pioneered an anti-ragging campaign, by pro-ragging JVP supporters[5][6] and the resignation of Prof. Chandima Wijebandara, the vice chancellor of the university, in protest against the ragging.[7]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Venerable Walpola Rahula: A brief biographical sketch by Udaya Mallawarachchi, Buddhist Studies in Honour of Walpola Rahula, 1980, ISBN 0-86092-030-5
  3. ^ University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, Undergraduates admitted, number enrolled and graduate output of Universities by academic streams 2000-2006
  4. ^ Chamil Kumara. "Home - Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ragging in our universities: A symptom or a disease?". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Nanda Wickramasinghe (2 December 2002). "JVP-inspired violence leads to crackdown on Sri Lanka campuses - World Socialist Web Site". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "News". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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