Ven. Prof.Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero

The  Venerable Vice Chancellor is the chief executive and chief  academic  officer of the University. He is a member of the Council, which  is the  executive and ruling authority of the University and of the  Senate,  which is the Board of academic authority. He chairs both bodies.

The  Venerable Vice Chancellor is entrusted with the task of  implementing  or with the responsibility to ensure the implementation of  the  decisions reached by the Council regarding the administration of the   University and the decisions the taken by the Senate regarding its   academic affairs.

The present Vice Chancellor of our University is the Venerable Professor Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero.

Message of the Venerable Vice Chancellor

In  terms of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka Act No. 74 of  1981  as amended by Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka Act No. 37  of  1995, the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka was established  on  22 April, 1982. The academic premise for the internal students is   situated at Pitipana North, Homagama while the external division is   located at No. 214, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7 and Mumtas Mahal,   Galle Road, Colpetty and the university is being functioned under the   Ministry of Higher Education.

The former Vice Chancellor of the  Buddhist and Pali University of Sri  Lanka, Venerable Dr. Thumbulle  Seelakkandha Nayaka Thero worked  devotedly to enhance both the physical  and human resources of this  university and during his term of office  he streamlined the educational  and administrative activities of the  university and accelerated the  development of its essential  infrastructure under a special project for  which the government  provisioned Rs. 512 million rupees.

In 5 acre block of land in  Pitipana North, Homagama, belonged to the  Department of Agriculture was  taken use to build five two -stored  lecture halls, Faculty  Administration building, New Library Complex,  Auditorium and Common  Facilities building which have now been fully  constructed and in use.  The main administrative building, situated close  to the High Level Road  facing Moragahahena Road, of which the  construction is due to be over  soon, will be declared open in June,  2010.

As a result of the  development of many infrastructure facilities, it  has been possible to  recruit both Bhikkhu and lay students every year.  Computer and modem  language courses in Korean, Japanese, German, Hindi,  Tamil and Chinese  have been started for internal students. A Certificate  Course in  Buddhist counseling, Diploma Course in Buddhist Counseling,  Certificate  Course in English language and Advanced Certificate Course  in English  have also been introduced.

The primary aim of establishing this  university is to disseminate  Dhamma in Sri Lanka and abroad and to  train scholars in Buddhism and  Buddhist discipline to boost the  Dharmadutha services. Thus, it is  expected to upgrade the study 0 Pali,  Buddhist Culture and Buddhist  Philosophy and train the Bhikkhu and  male students to teach Buddhism and  Pali in Pirivenas and schools and  similar institutions.

Now, affiliated foreign institutions of this  university have been set  up in countries like Singapore, Malaysia,  South Korea, Germany,  Austria, Scotland, England and the U.S.A. It is  being planned to impart  knowledge of Buddhism to the foreigners through  internet.

Ven. Prof.Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero
Vice Chancellor

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