Monthly lecture series conducted by the Centre for Heritage Studies commences

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The ‘Monthly Lecture Series’ (October) conducted by the Centre for Heritage Studies of the University of Kelaniya was commenced on the 20th of October 2017 at the Auditorium of the Staff Development Centre of the University.
This lecture was held as the first step in the lecture series conducted by the Centre for Heritage Studies and was followed by a new interpretation of the ancient monasteries called “Padhaanaghara” which was conferred by Prof. Senarath Dissanayake. Senior Prof. Anura Manatunga delivered a detailed lecture on “An Identification of the so-called Padhanaghara Monasteries of Sri Lanka as Jain Tirthakarama”. The event was participated by Senior Lecturer (Ms.) J.M. Sudharmawathi, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Academic staff members, invitees and undergraduates.

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Researchers Receive Senate Honours and Cash Awards

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A session in which Senate Honours and Cash Awards were presented to the researchers of the University of Kelaniya was held on the 24th of October 2017 at the Senate Room of the University. The researchers were appreciated for their latest research papers published in journals indexed other than those indexed in Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Art & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) in 2014 and 2017. The session was presided over by Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University. The event was graced by the awardees, the members of the Senate including the Deans of all faculties, Heads of the Departments, Professors and other academic staff members. The researchers who received the Senate Honours and the Cash Awards are as follows.
Dr. P.A.D.H.N. Gunathilaka of the Department of Parasitology – Faculty of Medicine received Senate Honours and Cash Awards for his research paper published in 2014 in the journals indexed other than those indexed in SCI, SSCI and AHCI. Dr. B.P. Galhena, Department of Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry – the Faculty of Medicine received Senate Honours and Cash Awards for his research paper published in 2017 in the journals indexed other than those indexed in SCI, SSCI and AHCI. Dr. (Ms.) M.D.M.D.W.M.M.K. Yatawara of the Department of Zoology & Environmental Management – the Faculty of Science received Senate Honours and Cash Awards for her research paper published in 2017 in the journals indexed other than those indexed in SCI, SSCI and AHCI.

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The 3rd Korean Studies Festival in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Korea

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The 3rd Korea Studies Festival in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Korea, organized by the Centre for Korean Studies attached to the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Kelaniya was successfully held on the 23rd of October 2017 at Kotahene Sri Pragnakeerthi Memorial Hall of the University.
A workshop on Korean Literature, the Inaugural meeting of Sri Lanka – Korea Youth Education Society, a Congratulatory Cultural Performance and Korean Studies Presentation Contest were held during this ceremony.
The ceremony was held under the distinguished patronage of Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya and His Excellency Mr. Chang Won-sam, the Ambassador for the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka. The event was graced by Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, A.H.M.H. Abayarathna, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Cadre Chair and Senior Prof. N.P. Sunil Chandra, Chairman of the Research Council, Heads of the Departments of the Faculty of Humanities, Academic staff members of the Faculty of Humanities and many undergraduates. At this ceremony, a meaningful lecture was conducted under the title: “The Stream of Modern Korean Literature” by Dr. Yu Hong-Ju from the Jeonnam National University, Korea.

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The Officers from Rana Viru Sewa Authority meet the Vice-Chancellor

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The officers of Rana Viru Sewa Authority including its Director, Dr. Kumara Sri Jayawardhane met Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya on the 18th of October 2017 at the Vice Chancellor’s office. During this meeting, a discussion was held on how the members of the University community can contribute to build up the lives of the families of the war heroes who have been on the Humanitarian Rescue Mission and brought the civil war to an end. The Sri Lankan society experienced a 30 year prolonged armed conflict and the Sri Lankan military brought the civil war to an end in May 2009.
During the discussion, Prof. Rohana Luxman Piyadasa, the Director of Communication and Media Unit, University of Kelaniya, suggested that it was suitable to conduct research on this subject, as it was the common practice. Accordingly, Dr. Kumara Sri Jayawardhane, the Director of Rana Viru Sewa Authority made a request to carry out a research, covering the present status of the families of the war heroes, their mental health and economic level etc. In response to this request, a Research Committee was appointed by Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice Chancellor to carry out a research and other related activities. This Research Committee consists of members from various fields.
Cadre Chair and Senior Prof. N.P. Sunil Chandra, the Chairman of the Research Council of University of Kelaniya, Mr. D.D. Shelton and Mr. Rohana Wijerathna, the Deputy Directors of Rana Viru Sewa Authority, Ms. Nilmini Perera, Attorney at law and the invitees also participated in this discussion.

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