University of Jaffna

The Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 radically altered university education in Sri Lanka. The University of Sri Lanka was abolished and its six campuses (ColomboPeradeniyaSri JayewardenepuraKelaniyaMoratuwa and Jaffna) were each elevated to independent, autonomous universities. A gazette was issued on 22 December 1978 establishing the University of Jaffna with effect from 1 January 1979.

The Faculty of Medicine was shifted to Thirunelvely in 1981. Construction of a new library, student centre and arts block began in 1981 but were halted due to the civil war. The Siddha section of the Institute of Indigenous Medicine was moved from the University of Colombo to the University of Jaffna in July 1984. The partially completed library started functioning in 1986.

The escalation of hostilities between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in late 1987 severely affected the university. UoJ buildings and equipment suffered extensive damage. Students and academic/non-academic staff were killed. During the late 1980s/early 1990s, when most of the Jaffna peninsula including Jaffna city was under LTTE control, the university suffered frequent aerial bombings, shortage of essential goods due to the economic blockade, shortage of academic staff many of whom had fled abroad and a general disturbance of academic life due to the frequent curfews.

The university was given approval in 1985 to establish a Faculty of Agriculture in Kilinochchi. Construction of a new building in Kilinochchi began in 1986 but was abandoned in 1987 due to the civil war. In October 1989 approval was given to establish a Faculty of Engineering in Kilinochchi, but the civil war prevented this. The Faculty of Agriculture started functioning in December 1990 at buildings belonging to the Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centre and the District Training Centre of Department of Agriculture in Kilinochchi.

In October 1995, as the Sri Lankan military launched a military offensive to recapture the Jaffna peninsula, virtually the entire population of the Valikamam region fled to other parts of the peninsula and the Vanni. The university administration was transferred to the Faculty of Agriculture in Kilinochchi. Most of the equipment and furniture at Thirunelvely was lost during the absence. The university’s administration returned to Thirunelvely in 1996 after the military had recaptured most of the peninsula including Jaffna city. The escalation of hostilities in the Vanni in 1996 caused severe disruption to the Faculty of Agriculture which was forced to move several times.The University Council decided to move the faculty. In August 1997 studies re-commenced at the faculty’s new premises in Jaffna.

A gazette was issued on 26 March 1997 upgrading the Northern Province Affiliated University College (NPAUC) in Vavuniya to the Vavuniya campus of the University of Jaffna. The NPAUC was established in 1991 to offer courses in mathematical sciences, accountancy and finance. The Vavuniya Campus had two faculties – Applied Science and Business Studies – each with two departments. In 1999 the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce was created from parts of the Faculty of Arts. The Faculty of Graduate Studies was created in the same year.

Construction of a new building for the Faculty of Agriculture at Ariviyal Nagar, Kilinochchi began after the end of the civil war in 2009. The faculty expects to relocate to Ariviyal Nagar in 2013. In April 2011 the university’s senate approved the establishment of a Faculty of Engineering in Kilinochchi next to the Faculty of Agriculture. The first batch of students are expected to be admitted in September 2012.

The Faculty of Technology was established in 2016. The faculty is expected to admit its first students towards the end of 2016. It will be located near the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering in Kilinochchi.

Non Academic Establishments branch

Non Academic Establishments branch is headed by a Deputy Registrar who is appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). As per approved cadre of the UGC, required numbers of staff are appointed to this branch by the University to handle non academic establishments activities of the University. This branch maintains personal files of all administrative and non academic staff to carry out human resource activities smoothly. In order to provide better staff services, this branch established good relationships with all University stake holders and especially Trade Unions of the Non Academic Staff.

Campus

The university is based at five sites: Thirunelvely, Vavuniya, Ariviyal Nagar, Kaithady and Maruthanarmadam.

The Thirunelvely campus is split into two. The main site off Ramanathan Road contains three faculties – Arts, Management Studies & Commerce and Science – as well as the main administrative departments, library and student complex. The second site off Adiyapatham Road contains the Medicine faculty. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is based in a rented house on Ramanathan Road opposite the university.

The Vavuniya campus is based at several sites in the town as well as in the outskirts of Vavuniya. The campus plans move all its functions to the spacious Pambaimadhu site on the Mannar-Vavuniya Road. This site houses the Faculty of Business Studies and student hostels. The Faculty of Applied Science is in Vavuniya.

The faculties of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology are based at Ariviyal Nagar near Murukandy, south of Kilinochchi.

The Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts is in Marthanamadam and the Siddha Medicine Unit is in Kaithady.

Organisation and administration

The chancellor is professor S. Pathmanathan. The vice-chancellor is professor R. Vigneswaran who took office on 24 April 2017. The current rector of the Vavuniya Campus is T. Mangaleswaran. The most senior non-academic staff is registrar V. Kandeepan.

The University of Jaffna has ten faculties and ten other academic units/centres:

FacultiesFaculty of AgricultureFaculty of Applied SciencesFaculty of ArtsFaculty of EngineeringFaculty of Graduate StudiesFaculty of Hindu StudiesFaculty of Management Studies and CommerceFaculty of MedicineFaculty of ScienceFaculty of TechnologyFaculty of Technological StudiesUnits/CentresCareer Guidance UnitComputer CentreInternal Quality Assurance UnitOpen and Distance Learning CenterPhysical Education UnitSiddha Medicine UnitStaff Development CentreSports Science UnitStrategic Planning & MIS UnitUBL Cell

Faculty of Agriculture

The University of Jaffna started campaigning for the establishment of a Faculty of Agriculture at the university in 1981. The University Grants Commission gave its approval in 1985. The town of Kilinochchi was identified as a suitable location for the new faculty and construction of a new building began in 1986. Construction was abandoned in 1987 due to the civil war. The new faculty started functioning in December 1990 at buildings belonging to the Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centre (RARDC) and the District Training Centre of Department of Agriculture in Kilinochchi.

The escalation of hostilities in the Vanni in 1996 caused severe disruption to the faculty which was forced to move several times. The University Council decided to move the faculty to Jaffna and in August 1997 studies re-commenced at the faculty’s new premises in Jaffna.

Construction of a new building for the faculty at Ariviyal Nagar, Kilinochch began after the end of the civil war in 2009. The faculty expects to relocate to Ariviyal Nagar in 2013.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.(Agr.)) degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into six departments:

  • Department of Agricultural Biology
  • Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Department of Agricultural Chemistry
  • Department of Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Animal Science

The faculty’s current dean and assistant registrar are T. Mikunthan and T. Piranavamalar respectively. The faculty had 264 undergraduate students and 48 academic staff (23 permanent, 25 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences was established when the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna was created in April 1997.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (B.I.C.T.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into two departments:

  • Department of Bio-Science
  • Department of Physical Science

The faculty’s current dean and assistant registrar are S. Kuhanesan and Iyathurai Thayaparan respectively. The faculty had 372 undergraduate students and 44 academic staff (26 permanent, 18 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Arts

The Jaffna Campus of the University of Sri Lanka started functioning in October 1974 with two faculties: Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Humanities was based at Parameshwara College in Thirunelveli. K. Indrapala, senior lecturer in history at the Peradeniya Campus of the University of Sri Lanka, was appointed the first Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty had four departments: Hindu Civilization, History, Sinhala and Tamil.

The faculty was renamed as the Faculty of Arts in 1975. The Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts (RAFA) was taken over by the University of Sri Lanka in 1975 and placed under the Faculty of Arts. RAFA had two departments: Dance and Music. Eight new departments were created: Sanskrit (1975), Education (1980), Language and Cultural Studies (1981), Fine Arts (1982), Economics, Geography, Islamic Civilization and Philosophy.

Following the Black July riots the Institute of Indigenous Medicine affiliated to the University of Colombo was transferred to the University of Jaffna as a department under the Faculty of Arts in 1984. The Department of Language and Cultural Studies was split into the Department of Linguistics and English and Department of Christian and Islamic Civilization in 1989. The Department of Siddha Medicine was removed from the faculty in October 1993 and now functions directly under the control of the vice chancellor. The Department of Political Science and Sociology was created in July 1998 from the Department of Economics. The Department of Law was created in May 2005. The Department of Political Science and Sociology was split into the Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology in December 2007.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into sixteen departments two of which are based at the Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts:

  • Department of Christian & Islamic Civilization
  • Department of Dance (Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Hindu Civilization
  • Department of History
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Linguistics and English
  • Department of Music (Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Tamil

The faculty’s current dean and deputy registrar are K. Suthakar and M. Ganeshalingam respectively. The faculty had 2,751 undergraduate students and 169 academic staff (126 permanent, 43 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Business Studies

The Faculty of Business Studies was established when the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna was created in April 1997.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Business Management degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into two departments:

  • Department of Accountancy and Finance
  • Department of Economics and Management

The faculty’s current dean and assistant registrar are A. Pushpanathan and D. Sooriyakumar respectively. The faculty had 391 undergraduate students and 20 academic staff (13 permanent, 7 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Engineering

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.Sc.Eng.) degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into four departments:

  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Department of Inter-disciplinary Engineering

The faculty had 142 undergraduate students and 44 academic staff (20 permanent, 24 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Graduate Studies was established in June 1999.

The faculty offers post graduate courses which lead to Master of ArtsMaster of EducationMaster of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The faculty’s current dean and assistant registrar are G. Mikunthan and S. Branavan respectively.

Faculty of Hindu Studies

The Faculty of Hindu Studies was established on 6 June 2019. Professor S. Srimuralitharan, Senior Lecturer Gr.I, Department of Hindu Civilization, Faculty of Arts, was appointed the first dean of the Faculty of Hindu Studies.

Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce

The Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce was established in May 1999 from parts of the Faculty of Arts. Professor M. Nadarajasundaram, Head of the Department of Management Studies, was appointed the first Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Business Management (B.B.M.) and Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degrees.

Initially the faculty had two departments: Commerce and Management Studies. In 2010 the Department of Commerce was split into four departments: Accounting, Financial Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing. The Department of Commerce was re-established in 2012. The faculty is currently divided into six departments:

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Financial Management
  • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Department of Management Studies
  • Department of Marketing

The faculty’s current dean and assistant registrar are T. Velnampy and K. Vijitha respectively. The faculty had 1,406 undergraduate students and 48 academic staff (40 permanent, 8 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine was established in August 1978 with its base at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Kaithady. A. A. Hoover, Professor of Biochemistry, was appointed the first dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The faculty was ceremonially opened on 8 October 1978 by Nissanka WijeyeratneMinister of Education and Higher Education. The Provincial Hospital at Jaffna was declared the teaching hospital for the faculty. Construction of a new building for the faculty at the Thirunelveli site began in 1979. The faculty left Kaithady and moved into the new building at Thirunelveli in 1981.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.), Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.) degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into twelve departments:

  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Community Medicine
  • Department of Forensic Medicine
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Surgery

In addition, the Allied Health Sciences Unit offers courses in medical laboratory sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy and radiography.

The faculty’s current dean and senior assistant registrar are S. Raviraj and A. R. Ramesh. The faculty had 882 undergraduate students and 59 academic staff (54 permanent, 5 temporary) in 2016.

Faculty of Science

The Jaffna Campus of the University of Sri Lanka started functioning in October 1974 with two faculties: Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Science was based at Jaffna College in VaddukoddaiP. Kanagasabapathy, Head of the Department of Mathematics at the Peradeniya Campus of the University of Sri Lanka, was appointed the first dean of the Faculty of Science. The faculty initially had only one department: Mathematics and Statistics.

The Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics were started in April 1975.

The facilities at Jaffna College proved to be inadequate and construction of a new building for the faculty at the Thirunelveli site began in 1975. The faculty left Jaffna College and moved into the Natural Science Block at Thirunelveli in June 1978.

Three Physics Block was completed in September 1980, Mathematics and Statistics Block in 1985 and Chemistry Block in 1988. The Department of Computer Science was started in 1991. The Department of Fisheries was added in June 2009.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degrees.

The faculty is currently divided into seven departments:

  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Department of Zoology

The faculty’s current Dean and Assistant Registrar are Prof J. P. Jeyadevan and Mrs S. Gowsala. The faculty had 1161 undergraduate students, 154 academic staff (77 permanent, 77 temporary) and 81 non academic staff in 2018.

Faculty of Technology

The Faculty of Technology was established in 2016. The faculty is expected to admit its first students towards the end of 2016. It will be located near the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering in Kilinochchi.

The faculty offers courses in engineering technology and bio technology.

The faculty is currently divided into three departments:

  • Department of Bio Systems Technology
  • Department of Engineering Technology
  • Department of Inter Disciplinary Studies

The faculty’s current dean is S. Srisatkunarajah.

Faculty of Technological Studies

The Faculty of Technological Studies was recently established as a third Faculty in the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna in January 2020.

The faculty offers undergraduate courses which lead to Bachelor of Information Communication Technology Honours (BICT Hons.) degree.

The faculty is currently consisting of one department:

  • Department of Information and Communication Technology

The faculty’s current Dean is S.S.Suthaharan. The faculty had 343 undergraduate students and 12 academic staff (6 permanent, 6 temporary) in 2019.

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