University of Peradeniya

The University of Peradeniya  is a public university in Sri Lanka, funded by the University Grants Commission. It is the largest university in Sri Lanka, which was originally established as the University of Ceylon in 1942. The university was officially opened on 20 April 1954 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The University of Peradeniya hosts nine faculties (including the newly added Management faculty), three postgraduate institutes, 10 centres, 73 departments, and teaches about 12,000 students in the fields of Medicine, Agriculture, Arts, Science, Engineering, Dental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Management and Allied Health Science. It claims to have the largest government endowment by a higher education institution in Sri Lanka, based on its large staff and faculties/departments.


The University of Peradeniya site touches the natural environment of the lower slopes . The university is in the Central Province, 8 km from the sacred city of Kandy (the historic capital of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka) and about 110 km from Colombo.

The university spans nearly 700 hectares in the Mahaweli flood plain. Most of the area remains afforested. The climate around the university is mild, and the temperature fluctuates between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius.

The main entrance to the university is through Galaha road. The Faculty of Engineering is on one side of the Manahli River and all other faculties are on the other side. The Akbar bridge links the two banks of the river. Considered as a marvel of civil engineering, it was designed by A. Thurairajah (Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, 1975–77 and 1982–85), and built by the first batch of the faculty, in the year of its inception.

The Sarasavi Uyana railway station is on campus. Another bridge known as Yaka Paalama links the railway to the other bank. Daily shuttle bus services operate from Kandy to Galaha junction and Kandy to the university.

A separate subcampus was established in 1968 at Mahailuppallama, for the Faculty of Agriculture. Separate residential facilities are provided to this subcampus.


The proposal for the establishment of University of Ceylon, the first university of Sri Lanka (the predecessor of University of Peradeniya) goes back to 1899. But no progress was seen until the formation of Ceylon University Association in 1906 under the guidance of Sir Ponnambalam ArunachalamSir James Peiris and Sir Marcus Fernando. Its request for a European-style university in Sri Lanka was partially granted by the British rulers with the formation of Ceylon University College on 1 January 1921.

The University Council, through which the administration of the Ceylon University College was done, appointed committees to plan the academic activities of a future university. It made suggestions to build the university in Bullers Road (now Bauddhaloka Mawatha) in Colombo, but it was disputed by politicians. To resolve the conflict, the then Governor Hugh Clifford appointed a committee headed by Justice M.T. Akbar on 20 December 1926. It suggested that the proposed university should be unitary, residential and outside Colombo. Another committee was appointed in 1928 with Sir Walter Buchanan-Riddel as chairman. It proposed a site at Aruppola, in the Dumbara Valley close to KandyDr. S.C. Paul and Andreas Nell pointed out disadvantages in the site and proposed a larger one at Peradeniya.

In 1938 the government acquired the plot and developed an area about 150 hectares (out of 700 hectares) to create the University Park.

Although the site was acquired, no plans were made to establish the university until 1941. With the arrival of Sir Ivor Jennings, as the second principal of the Ceylon University College, establishment plans were put into effect. He stressed the urgent need to move the university to Peradeniya to the Minister of Education C. W. W. Kannangara and took the initiative in the process. Thus he is considered the forefather of the University of Peradeniya.

1942 to 1952

In 1942, the University of Ceylon was created as the first unitary, residential and autonomous university in Sri Lanka with its seat in Peradeniya, amalgamating Ceylon University College and the Medical College into a single unit with 55 academic staff members, 904 students in four faculties. But due to World War II, the construction of buildings started in 1946. Until then, the lectures and laboratory classes were conducted in the buildings obtained from the Ceylon University College and the Ceylon Medical College in Colombo.

Consultants Sir Patrick Abercrombie and Clifford Holliday did the planning and layout of the university complex. The first phase of work constituted only the development of the left bank. The building of a bridge across the Mahaweli River, later known as the ‘Akbar bridge’, was planned by Prof. A Thurairajah. Transfer of the first batch of students, students from the Departments of Law and Agriculture and the third and fourth year students of the Department of Veterinary Science, from Colombo to Peradeniya took place in 1949. Another major move took place in 1952, with the transfer of staff and students of the Faculties of Arts and Oriental Studies, together with the Main Library and the University Administration. This movement on 6 October 1952 marks the official establishment of University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. At the initial stages, vice chancellor Jennings wanted to model British universities, but met with the resistance of students who opposed the changes.

1952 to 1972

Although the buildings at Peradeniya were established in 1952, the official ceremony for its inception was held on 20 April 1954, with the participation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Sri Lankan government was keen to postpone the ceremony until Queen Elizabeth II could participate. Her visit was delayed by the death of King George VIPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh also participated in the event. He declared the university opened:

Sections of the University of Ceylon, functioned in Colombo and Peradeniya acted as campuses of the same university until 1967. In 1967, these campuses were split into two. The section in Peradeniya was known as the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, while the section in Colombo was known as University of Ceylon, Colombo.

1972 to 1978

By the University Act No. 1 of 1972, four universities functioned a — Peradeniya, ColomboVidyodaya and Vidyalankara and the Ceylon College of Technology, Katubedda, Moratuwa became five constituent campuses of a single structure – the University of Sri Lanka. It had one vice chancellor and five presidents for five campuses. Under this designation, University of Ceylon – Peradeniya became the University of Sri Lanka – Peradeniya Campus. This designation prevailed until 1978.

1978 to the present[edit]

Under the Universities Act No. 16, 1978, the University of Sri Lanka was split into six independent, autonomous institutions as University of Peradeniya, University of ColomboUniversity of Sri JayewardenepuraUniversity of KelaniyaUniversity of Moratuwa and University of Jaffna. This Act brought back some of the central features of the Ceylon University Ordinance of 1942 such as the senates, the councils and courts.

Governance and administration

The University of Peradeniya operates under the provisions of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 and the Universities (Amendment) Act No. 7 of 1985. It is a state university and the undergraduate study is 100% free. Therefore, it depends on the government for much of its annual grant, which is provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Due to this, its administration is heavily influenced by the UGC. The administration is based upon that of the former University of Ceylon consisting of a dual structure of bodies: the council (formally known as the University Court which is the governing body) and the Academic Senate (academic affairs).


The chancellor is the head of the university and is responsible for awarding all the academic degrees. Usually the chancellor is a distinguished person in an academic discipline. Otherwise it is a member of the clergy or a distinguished person from civil society. The President of Sri Lanka appoints the chancellor. The position is mainly ceremonial and duties are usually carried out by the vice chancellor. The current chancellor of the university is Prof. Gerald Peiris.Vice chancellor

The vice chancellor is the de facto principal academic and administrative officer of the university, responsible for management tasks. This appointment is also done by the President of Sri Lanka. The current vice chancellor is Prof. M.D. Lamawansa, who is also the Professor of Surgery.

The deputy vice-chancellor is Prof. W.M.Terrance Madhujith, Professor of Food Science.Deans of Faculties

Deans are the heads of the faculties. They are responsible for the management and the tasks carried out by the faculty. Deans are appointed by the chancellor for three years.

Faculties and institutions

The university has eight academic faculties of study. These faculties contain 72 departments. In addition, the university has two postgraduate institutions and six affiliated centres. At the beginning, it had only three present-day faculties — the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science. Departments of Law and Oriental Studies functioned separately. Since then, five other faculties have been added. The latest addition is the Faculty of Allied Health Science, established in 2005.

The Post-graduate Institute of Science (PGIS) and Post-graduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) are the institutions established in the university. PGIS is a national institute established by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka in 1996. PGIA was established in 1975 and offers three postgraduate degrees. PGIA offers postgraduate level courses in Agricultural disciplines. In addition to these institutions, Senerath Paranavitana Teaching and Research Museum functions affiliated to the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts. It was established in 1960.

Founding of the Faculties of the University of Peradeniya
FacultyYear founded
Faculty of Arts1942
Faculty of Medicine1962
Faculty of Science1961
Faculty of Dental Sciences1943
Faculty of Agriculture1947
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science1947
Faculty of Engineering1950
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences2005
Faculty of Management2015

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of ArtsUniversity of Peradeniya is the largest single faculty in the entire university system of Sri Lanka

Faculty’s history dates back to the beginning of Sri Lanka’s university system. Sri Lanka’s first university, University of Ceylon is established in 1942 under the guidance of Sir Ivor Jennings. Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Oriental Studies were two of the 4 academic faculties in the university. They were located in Colombo at the beginning. With the establishment of the Peradeniya campus, those faculties were brought to Peradeniya in 1952. The two faculties operated separately until they were amalgamated in 1972.

Departments of the Arts faculty

Arts faculty of the University of Perdeniya has 18 departments, Units and centers. Those departments are separately established for provide course enrollments.

Foundation of Departments of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
DepartmentYear Founded
Department of Classical Languages1942
Department of English1942
Department of Geography1942
Department of History1942
Department of Philosophy1942
Department of Oriental Languages (Dissolved in 1943)1942
Department of Economics1942
Department of Tamil1943
Department of Pali1943
Department of Sanskrit1943
Department of Sinhalese1943
Department of Law1945
Department of Arabic1945
Department of Sociology1949
Department of Education1949
Department of Modern Languages1949
Department of Archaeology1959
Department of Buddhist Philosophy1964
Department of Fine Arts2001
Department of Management Studies2002

Academic programs

Faculty of Arts offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Undergraduate study

Faculty has 16 academic departments for undergraduate study. Traditional degrees offered at undergraduate level are; Bachelor of Arts (General), Bachelor of Arts (Special) – in 18 different disciplines and Bachelor of Commerce. Other than that, faculty has started conducting two new degree programs, Bachelor of Business Administration and LLB in recent years.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate degrees leading to Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and several Postgraduate Diplomas are also offered. Study programs are conducted in all English, Sinhala and Tamil media.[

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine is one of the nine faculties in University of Peradeniya. It is considered to be one of the leading medical faculties in Sri Lanka which requires the highest entry qualification in GCE Advanced Level examination. It is the second faculty of Medicine in Sri Lanka.

Faculty of Medicine is established in the University of Peradeniya in 1962 under the provisions made by the Ministry of Health. Professor Seneka Bibile; Professor of Pharmacology, who was elected Dean of this Faculty of Medicine in 1967, is largely responsible for the faculty’s growth. He established the Medical Education Unit in the Faculty, which became a World Health Organization recognized teacher training center for health professionals in the South-East Asian Region. And it was in his period, the plans for the building of a teaching hospital at the Peradeniya Campus were initiated. This 940-bed hospital, Teaching Hospital of Peradeniya was completed in 1980 and does a valuable service to the area.


Faculty of Medicine is situated at the Galaha Junction, Peradeniya, on the other side of the entrance to the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. In addition to the buildings located in the main campus, faculty operates a rural field practice area known as “Hindagala Community Health Project” covering 62 square kilometers and with a population of 20,000.Departments, units and centers of the Faculty of Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Community Medicine
  • Department of Forensic Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Medical Education
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Parasitology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Radiology
  • Department of Surgery
  • English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU)
  • Nuclear Medicine Unit (NMU)
  • Health Emergency & Disaster Management Training Centre(HEDMaTC)
  • Research and Development Unit
  • Sport Sciences
  • Medical Library
  • South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC)
  • Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association (PeMSAA)
  • Center for Research in Tropical Medicine (CRTM)
  • Center for Education, Research & Training on Kidney Diseases
  • e-Library
  • Technical Resources Centre (TRC)

Hospitals affiliated to the faculty

The students of the faculty of Medicine receive their clinical training at 6 hospitals currently. They are;

  • Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya: Serves as the Professorial Unit for the training of final year medical students
  • National Hospital, Kandy
  • Sirimavo Bandaranaike Specialized Children’s Hospital, Peradeniya.
  • Teaching Hospital, Gampola
  • Base Hospital, Mawanella
  • STD Clinic, District Hospital, Katugastota
  • Teaching hospital, Kegalle
  • M.O.H Office Kandy.
  • M.O.H Office Kadugannawa.
  • M.O.H Office Peradeniya.
  • M.O.H Office Doluwa.
  • Specialized Chest Clinic Bogambara

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science is one of the eight faculties in University of Peradeniya. It was established as the second Faculty of Science in Sri Lanka in 1961.

Faculty of Science is situated about half a kilometre from the Galaha Junction, Peradeniya. Faculty consists of 110 academic and 120 non-academic staff.[

Degree Programs

Faculty of Science offers course of study leading to General and Special Degrees of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). Course unit system is introduced in 2001. Calendar of the faculty is semester based. The new honors degree programme B.Sc. in Environmental Science (Honors) is established in 2016.

Departments and institutions

Faculty consists of nine departments, six units, a separate library and the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS).Departments of the Faculty of Science

  • Department of Botany 
  • Department of Chemistry 
  • Department of Geology 
  • Department of Mathematics 
  • Department of Molecular Biology and Bio-technology 
  • Department of Physics 
  • Department of Statistics and Computer Science 
  • Department of Zoology 
  • Department of Environmental and Industrial Sciences 

Faculty of Dental Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya is one of the nine faculties of University of Peradeniya and the only institution that offers five years undergraduate programme for dental surgeons in Sri Lanka. It conducts both undergraduate programs (Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)) and postgraduate programs.

The only dental teaching hospital in Sri Lanka, the Peradeniya Dental (Teaching) Hospital functions as the clinical unit of the faculty. the Dental School of the University of Ceylon was established in 1943. It was moved from Colombo to Augusta Hill, Peradeniya in 1954. In 1974, Dental Schools was amalgamated into the Faculty of Medical, Dental & Veterinary Sciences of the Peradeniya Campus. The teaching hospital was declared open and integrated to the faculty in 1998 as a Rs. 1.2 billion project.


  • Department of Basic Sciences
  • Department of Community Dental Health
  • Department of Oral Medicine & Periodontology
  • Department Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Department of Oral Pathology
  • Department of Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry


  • Dental Auxiliary Training School (DATS)
  • Unit for Development of Dental Education (UDDE)
  • Dental E-Learning Unit (DELU)
  • English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU)


  • Center for Research in Oral Cancer (CROC)

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya is one of the nine faculties of University of Peradeniya and the oldest agriculture faculty in Sri Lanka. It conducts undergraduate programs and the Post-graduate Institute of Agriculture, which is affiliated to the faculty conducts graduate programs in the field of agriculture.

Faculty operates in two locations as main administration buildings are situated in the main campus of University of Peradeniya and a separate sub-campus is located in Mahailuppallama, North Central province of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1947 with an initial batch of 16. Mahailuppallama sub-campus was established in 1968.


  • B.Sc. Degree in Agricultural Technology & Management
  • B.Sc. Degree in Food Science & Technology
  • B.Sc. Degree in Animal Science And Fisheries


  • A livestock field station is located at Mawela, about 1.5 km from the faculty. It serves undergraduate training and research. The station maintains European dairy cattle, buffaloes, broilers, swine, ducks, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and micro livestock.
  • An experimental station is located at Dodangolla, 20 km from the faculty. This farm occupies 83 hectares of productive land.
  • The Department of Agricultural Engineering maintains a farm at Meewathura, by the Mahaweli River.


  • Agribusiness Centre (AbC)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (AgBC)
  • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Study Centre
  • Soil Survey Laboratory & SRICANSOL Resource Centre

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Peradeniya is one of the eight academic faculties at

the university. It is the oldest engineering faculty in Sri Lanka. It offers full-time Undergraduate Courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science of Engineering (B.Sc.Eng.), and several postgraduate degrees.


Faculty of Engineering is located in the main campus of the university in Peradeniya. It is on one side of the Mahaweli River, at a side of the main road leading to Gampola. The famous Akbar bridge links the two banks of the river.


Modern engineering education in Sri Lanka originated at the Ceylon Technical College, where from 1933 students prepared for the external B.Sc. in Engineering(Hon’s) degree from the University of London. In October 1945, the university council of the University of Ceylon – Sri Lanka’s first modern university – resolved to establish its engineering faculty. The plan to set up the faculty was initiated by appointing E.O.E. Pereira, a senior engineer in the Public Works Department as a professor in Civil Engineering. Since then, he led the development project. But his plans did not materialize until December 1949, when a crisis occurred at the Ceylon Technical College where the entire batch of Civil Engineering failed to pass the qualifying examination. After that, the Ministry of Education took a decision to close down the technical college and move the engineering education permenatly to the Engineering Faculty that is to be set up at the University of Ceylon.

On 1 July 1950, the University of Ceylon established its Faculty of Engineering, with staff and students from the Ceylon Technical College forming its nucleus. At the initial stages it was based in the Colombo campus and used facilities of the Technical College, later it was moved to Peradeniya Campus. This process was completed in 1964. Three fields of study that had been conducted till then at the Ceylon Technical College formed the first three founding Departments of study, namely Civil EngineeringElectrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The initial intake of students was 25. 19 students were taken from outside and the remaining 6 were transferred from the Faculty of Science of University of Ceylon. Total initial academic staff was 12. It included Prof. E.O.E. Pereira – Head of the Civil Engineering Department, Prof. R.H. Paul – Head of the Electrical Engineering Department, Mr. J.C.V Chinnappa – Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, who later became a professor. Professor Perera was elected Dean of the faculty in the inaugural faculty meeting. The intake of students reached 150 by 1964. Until then, the total number of graduate output was 384, all of them except one being male.

Shift to Peradeniya

While the faculty was functioning in Colombo, plans were underway to develop a 6 hectare plot of land on the left bank of Mahaweli River at Peradeniya, to set up the permanent housing for it. Professor Perera prepared his plans for an intake of 125 students. This required Rs. 9 million (uninflated) for buildings and Rs. 5 million (uninflated) for equipment. But the Vice Chancellor Sir Nicholas Attygalle refused to allocate that amount due to budget restrictions and allocated only Rs. 5.6 million for the entire project. This caused a dispute between the Professor and the administration which resulted in the resignation of Professor Perera from all his duties. His resignation stalled the project. University council called for an immediate report on the matter. The technical committee that took up the investigation stood strongly by Professor Perera’s decision. This resulted in Ministry of Education allocating further funds for the project. The professor was restored in his post. The development project was finished by 1964 and in October 1964, the first batch of students were transferred from Colombo to Peradeniya.

1964 to 1971

From 1964 to 1971, the faculty functioned under the old regulations. Due to the language regulations of 1956, students entering the faculty had to switch from their respective mother language to English – the medium of instruction of the faculty – to follow lectures. This caused some difficulties for students, which were addressed partially in 1970 by making bilingual streams for first year students. The first new department, Department of Mathematics was created in 1965 by Prof. E.F. Bartholomeusz. In 1971, the faculty received an IBM 1130, the first university computer in the country. The student unrests in 1965 and 1966 prompted the government to create a National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to overlook the university system as the executive authority. In 1971, three other departments, Department of Production Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Agricultural Engineering were added to the faculty.

1971 to 2000

After the 1971 JVP Insurrection, the government decided to amalgamate all the universities to one single university. Therefore, from 1974 to 1978, the faculty was known as the Faculty of Engineering, University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya Campus. It was only after the dissolution of the University of Sri Lanka in 1978, the faculty was known by its present name, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. The body which overlooked the university system, NCHE was also renamed University Grants Commission in the same year. Intake of students which remained 150 by 1971 reached 250 by 1978 and 325 by 2000. Until a second Faculty of Engineering was opened at Katubedda in 1972, it was the only institution to grant engineering degrees in Sri Lanka. The Department of Agricultural Engineering was split for the Faculty of Engineering and moved to the Faculty of Agriculture in late 1970s. The Department of Computer Science was added to the faculty in 1985. The Peradeniya Engineering Faculty Alumni Association (PEFAA) was created in 1991. During this period, the faculty commemorated the Golden Jubilee of University of Peradeniya (in 1992) and the Golden Jubilee of the faculty (in 2000) with two mega scale exhibitions. The 1987–89 JVP Insurrection caused faculty to be closed frequently during 1988 and 1989. It was by May 1990, the faculty could resume its normal academic work.

2001 onwards

The faculty shifted to the semester based course unit system by 2001. Name of the Department of Computer Science was changed to Department of Computer Engineering and it started offering a degree program in the same year. In 2005, the Department of Chemical Engineering was also renamed the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. Student intake was further increased to 415 by 2008. The Production Engineering Department was renamed as the “Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering” in January 2017.


Dean is the head of both academic and non academic administration. Head of the departments/ units/centers, Assistant Registrar, Assistant Bursar and the secretary assist in the administration and financial work of the faculty. The number of professorial chairs in the Faculty is eleven, three each in Civil Engineering, and Electrical & Electronic Engineering, two in Mechanical Engineering and one each in Engineering Mathematics, Production Engineering and Chemical & Process Engineering.

The Heads of the Departments handle the academic affaires, primary human resources and financial activities within of the Department.

Assistant Registrar is responsible for issuing the documents for the students, prospective students, employers and the outsiders through the Dean, publishing and announcing decisions and events of the faculty board( Examination Dates etc.), maintain the records of the faculty statistics, provide all aspects of human resources and reception of Faculty’s visitors. Assistant Bursar approves the payrolls and other payments, scholarships and fixes the annual budget.

Departments of study

The number of departments of study in the faculty are eight. Out of them, undergraduate students can pursue study in seven. The departments of study are:


Almost all the students of the faculty are from Sri Lanka. Admission to the faculty of Engineering is subjected to the Sri Lankan government policy of University admission.

Selection of students is done on the basis of merit order on the average Z score obtained by candidates at the GCE Advanced Level examination. District merit criteria is the procedure used to select undergraduates to the faculty. Competition to enter the university is severe.

Undergraduate studies in engineering

The Faculty offers a full-time Undergraduate Course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering [B.Sc.Eng.(Hon’s).The duration of the degree is 4 years. First year is common to all students. The rest is devoted to specialisation in one of the branches of engineering. Now it has 6 fields of study. Faculty adopted the course unit system in 2001. There are special sessions to introduce the students to practical engineering problems there are programmes for industrial training. These have been drawn up in collaboration with the National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA).

Postgraduate study

There are four postgraduate courses offered by the university. The degree of Master of the Science of Engineering (MSc.Eng.) is awarded after one year of full-time graduate study. Postgraduate Courses in special subjects are conducted from time to time and these lead to a Diploma in Engineering. The higher degrees of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are awarded on the basis of dissertations.

  • Regular full-time graduate students
  • Regular part-time graduate students
  • Provisional students
  • Casual students

All the departments conduct Postgraduate Diploma / MSc.Eng. Courses.


There are a number of academic facilities in the faculty.

Academic facilities

  • The Engineering Library
  • Applied Thermodynamics Laboratory
  • Applied Machine Laboratory
  • Civil & Environmental Laboratory
  • Surveying Laboratory
  • Structural Engineering Laboratory
  • Drawing Offices
  • Engineering Workshops
  • CNC Machining and Automation Facility
  • Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit
  • The Computing Centre
  • The Electronics Workshop
  • English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU)
    • The Language Laboratory
  • Engineering Education Unit
    • Audio Visual Facility
  • Research and Development Units
    • Engineering Design Centre (EDC)
    • Centre for Engineering Research and Postgraduate Studies (CERPS)

University service facilities

  • Motor Vehicle Repair Unit (MVRU)

Societies and unions

ESU (Engineering Students’ Union) is the official students’ union in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya.[17] It is also responsible for providing a variety of services to students. Students can get involved in its management through numerous and varied committees, general meetings, or become one of its elected officers. The ESU represents students both within the university and outside, including on local and national issues as well as issues in the faculty and in the university. They are also involved in welfare affairs of the student body. ESU has understood the social responsibility they have as a group of undergraduates. Arunella plays a major role in the social and charity works done for the community all around the country who paid for their free education.

Other societies inside the faculty are:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineers Society (EEES)
  • Association of Computer Engineering Students (ACES)
  • Civil Engineers Society (CES)
  • Chemical Engineering Students Society (ChESS)
  • Mechanical Engineers Society (MES)
  • Production Engineering Students Society (PESS)
  • Engineering Students’ Publication Society (ESPS)
  • Engineering Faculty Art Circle
  • Engineering Faculty Buddhist Brotherhood
  • Power and High voltage Engineers Society (PHES)
  • Buddhist Brotherhood Society Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya is one of the nine faculties of University of Peradeniya and started in 2007. Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) was inaugurated on 16 January 2007. As the faculty offers professional degree programmes, students are introduced to basic concepts in medical sciences followed by mandatory hospital based training. All degree programmes consist of 120 credits curricula which have been designed in par with International standards. Several departments have established active foreign collaborations in teaching and research. This is the very first faculty of Allied Health Sciences in Sri Lanka.

Historical Background

The University of Peradeniya is the legacy of the University of Ceylon first established in Sri Lanka in 1942. Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) is the youngest and the 8th Faculty of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.  This Faculty was established within 6 months of its proposal, as an exit manoeuvre to accommodate the first batch of allied health students who were admitted to University of Peradeniya under the umbrella of Faculty of Medicine,but failed due to various protest campaigns. This was inaugurated on the 16thJanuary 2007 at the Old Dental Faculty premises, Augusta Hill, Peradeniya just 1km away from the main campus.

The University Grants Commission openly invited the seven Faculties of Medicine in the country to initiate curriculum development for any number of programs from amongst the 7 on offer. Accordingly, the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya with a strong recommendation from its Board accepted to conduct 5 degree courses at Peradeniya, namely, 4 year B Sc degree programs for Nursing, Pharmacy,Radiography, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Medical Laboratory Science in May 2005. The University Grants Commission advertised these courses for the Advanced Level students qualifying in 2005/2006 UGC handbook and began its selection process in November 2005. At this time a protest campaign emerged from the medical students at Peradeniya against sharing facilities within the Faculty of Medicine with the allied health students. They demanded along with the members of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) at Peradeniya and Kandy to move away these study programs elsewhere. This was a clear discrimination against the allied health students already entitled to utilize all facilities available in a national university according to the free education act.

Presently the Faculty consists of five academic departments and two units namely, Department of Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Radiography & Radiotherapy. This faculty is currently offering five 4 year undergraduate degree programs in allied health sciences for the qualifications of B Sc Nursing, B Sc Physiotherapy, B Sc Medical Laboratory Science, B Pharm (Pharmacy), B Sc Radiotherapy and B Sc Radiography. The first batch admitted to this faculty (171 students) is now following above courses amidst the fast tracked infrastructure development process of the new faculty inparallel. At present, 150 students are admitted annually student enrolment stands at about 711 undergraduate students. There are 17 permanent academic and39 non – academic members of staff in the faculty.

The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences offers course of study leading to four years Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degrees. From the academic year 2005/2006 the 1st year courses are offered on a semester based course unit system. This has significantly increased the course combinations available to students allowing far more flexibility of selection of subject areas. This system was extended to the 2nd, 3rd & 4th year courses in successive years. With the introduction of the Course Unit System, the medium of instruction for all course of study offered by the Faculty was being confined to English

The Faculty also planned to conduct on line diploma and degree programme in allied health sciences jointly with the CDCE and are proposed for future implementation The curricula of the FAHS are designed to prepare a new generation of allied health workers whilst assisting the current workforce to adapt to new knowledge to face the new challenges in modern medical practice, where, doctors, nurses medical laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, radiotherapists and radiographers work in a team for quality health care delivery. Their dedication, training, ability and attitudes form the basis of quality health care.

This new FAHS would bridge the knowledge and skill gap between the doctors who are trained to the highest standard via the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine PGIM) of the University of Colombo, and the allied health personnel, enabling their specialized knowledge applicable in full force in this country whilst preparing its graduates to be competitive anywhere in the world.

In Sri Lanka, we can still be consoled that many doctors are supportive of the provision of high quality university education for the allied health students Thus, we believe a cordial relationship will develop against all odds among allied health graduates and doctors to provide better health care for the sick in this country in the future.

The Organization of the Faculty

Departments of Study

The number of departments of study in the faculty are six.The departments of study are,

  • Department of Basic Sciences
  • Department of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Physiotheraphy
  • Department of Radiography/Radiotheraphy


In 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has placed the University of Peradeniya first in Sri Lanka and 401–500 band in world university ranking. This is the highest world ranking that any university in Sri Lanka has reached in the recent history. The University of Peradeniya has also been ranked first in Sri Lanka under other popular university rankings schemes such as webometric, QS and QS regional rankings in 2019–2020. In 2019–2020, according to University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), University of Peradeniya ranked first in Sri Lanka and 1123rd in the world. University of Peradeniya was ranked No. 1 in Sri Lanka based on total ResearchGate scores.

Library network

Main article: University of Peradeniya library

The library is a centrally administered network of libraries. It is considered the oldest academic library in Sri Lanka. Containing over 430,000 items, it is one of the largest libraries serving the country. Seven branches are in faculties in the main campus at Peradeniya and one other branch in Mahailuppallama subcampus.

University of Peradeniya library contains a legal deposit collection of 300,000 items, special collection of 15,000+ items acquired from various individuals, palm-leaf manuscript collection of approximately 5,000 (second largest in Sri Lanka) and a microfilm collection of 17,000. Furthermore, it owns the largest historical map collection in Sri Lanka.

Student life

Student organizations

Students at the University of Peradeniya run over 100 clubs and organizations. These include cultural and religious groups, academic clubs, and common-interest organizations. The Peradeniya Students’ Union (PSU) is considered the highest body which represents all internal students. Separate student unions operate in each faculty.


Sports activities are conducted by the Department of Physical Education. University of Peradeniya has 30 athletics teams to date. Facilities include a well-equipped gymnasium, one of the largest multi-purpose outstation stadiums in Sri Lanka, a 50m swimming pool and separate stadiums for cricketrugbyfootballhockeytennistrack and field, and elle.

Residential facilities

The University of Peradeniya is the only residential university in Sri Lanka. It provides residential facilities to most of its undergraduate students, all its academic staff members and guests. Three guest houses — Gal Bangalawa, Upper Hantana Guest House and Lady Hill was a tourist hotel – come under university administration. Residential halls for undergraduate students:

International collaborations

The university has developed international relationships since its earliest days. Student exchange programs (Erasmus and International Credit Mobility Programme with SLU, Sweden), collaborative research, split postgraduate programs, international seminars, conferences and short courses are being carried out with these global partners by the Directorate of Research and International Affairs. This was established as a separate institution in 2006.[14] UoP has initiated cooperation programs with foreign governments and institutions.

Popular culture

The University of Peradeniya holds a central position in classical university education, which has made it the setting for many dramas, films, songs, poems, novels and other cultural works in Sri Lanka.

Songs like “Hanthanata paayana sanda…” by Amarasiri Peiris, “Hanthane kandu muduna sisara…” by W. D. Amaradeva, “Hanthana adaviye meduru kulunu sudu sandaluthalaa pisa…” by Nanda Malini, “Mé nagaraya maa oba munagasunu nagarayayi…” by Mervin Perera, “Hanthane raja dahane…”, “Nethu saluna…”, “Hantana Desin ena…” are only a few of them. Movies like Gamini Fonseka‘s Saagarayak Meda (In the middle of an ocean) and Sugathapala Senarath Yapa‘s Hanthane Kathawa (The story of Hanthana) are directly based on University of Peradeniya.

UoP is featured in novels: Siri Gunasinghe‘s Sevanella (The shadow) and Gunadasa Amarasekara‘s Ek Sathya Kathawak (One true story). Groundbreaking dramas like Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra‘s Maname (1957) and Sinhabahu (1960) were first directed and played there.[9][45] In Sarachchandra’s novel Heta Echchara Kaluvara Nae (Tomorrow is not that dark), an entire chapter is dedicated to describe the beauty of the university.

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