Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Programme

The Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Programme is conducted by the Faculties of Language Studies and Buddhist Studies of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. All the activities pertaining to the registration of candidates for the Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Programme up to the award of Degrees are conducted by the Post Graduate Studies and Centre for External Examinations Centre of this University, Situated No 214, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07.

The Administrative Structure of the University applicable to the Degree Programme

All the academic and administration activities pertaining to the external Degree Programmes are conducted subjected to the provisions of the act of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka and all the powers for functioning in that regard have been delegated to the following Authorities.

  • Council of the university
  • Senate
  • Faculty Boards
  • Departments of Studies
  • External Degree Committee
  • Examination Inquiry Committee
  • Inquiry Committee on Examination Irregularities

Qualifications required for registering for the Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree

For Local Students 

  • Should have passed Prachina Prarambha or Prachina Maddhyama examination in all three languages. 

or

  • Should have passed at least three subjects including a Buddhist subject in one sitting at the G.C.E A/L examination. (At least 30 marks should have been obtained at the General Common Test).

or

  • Should have passed G.C.E A/L examination including Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala or Buddhist Culture in one sitting (At least 30 marks should have been obtained at the General Common Test).

or

  • Should have passed Dharmacharya exam or Daham Sarasaviya Diploma in Buddhism along with three passes in A/L examination in any subject stream in one sitting. (At least 30 marks should have been obtained at the General Common Test).

or

  • Should have obtained a degree from a recognized university (local or international) or any other qualification accepted by the senate of this university to be equivalent to the above.

or

  • Should have passed Higher Diploma in Buddhism, Pali, Sanskrit or English conducted by Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.

or

  • Should have passed the Daham Sarasaviya Diploma in Buddhism conducted by Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka or University of Sri Jayewardenepura and two year teaching experience at a Dhamma School after passing the examination.

or

  • Should have passed any other examination with a subject related to Buddhism that could be accepted to be equivalent to G.C.E A/L examination by the senate of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.

For Foreign Students 

 Should have obtained one of the above qualifications specified under 1-8 for local students.

                                                                        or

Should have passed the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination conducted by the University of London or any other equivalent qualifications accepted by the senate of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. 

  • All applicants should have passed the G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) Examination with six subjects including the Mathematics and Sinhala at least three credit passes not more than two sittings.

Subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of Arts (General) External Degree Programme

  • Pali, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Culture, Sanskrit, Sinhala, English, Archaeology, Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy.

Procedure of Registration

Candidates who fulfil the specified educational qualifications are registered for the Bachelor of Arts General (External) Examination in every year subsequent to inviting applications through publishing a newspaper advertisement and up loading in the web site of the University. The candidates are strictly instructed to apply using only the applications issued by The Center for Postgraduate Degrees and External Examinations of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka and downloaded by the web site of the University and it is the responsibility of the candidates to make arrangements to obtain the relevant applications earlier. The qualifications indicated above will be considered in sequence in the determination of the number of students registered annually and the Senate of the University reserves the final authority to determine the number of students registered for the course of study.

Age Limit

Only those who are over 18 years of age are eligible to forward their applications for the registration in relation to the External Examinations and it is compulsory to submit an original copy of the birth certificate along with the application for substantiating the age.

Medium of Study

The External Degree Programme is conducted in the Sinhala and English Language media and applicants are allowed to select one language medium out of the two languages. If an applicant wishes to alter the selected language medium, he/she is allowed to do so within one month subsequent to the registration and subsequently, applicants are not allowed to alter his/her language medium under any circumstances.

Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Programme Fees 

Amount payable for the Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Examination I.

Fees for Details and Application  
Rs.750.00

For Student’s Record Book

Rs.350.00
Syllabus
Rs.500.00
Registration Fees
Rs.1000.00
Issue of Student’s Identity Card
Rs.400.00
Fees for Lectures
Rs.13,000.00
Fees for Seminars
Rs.1500.00
Examination Fees
Rs.7500.00
Total Amount Payable
Rs.25000.00


Amount payable for the Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Examination II.

Registration Fees
Rs.1000.00
Fees for Lectures
Rs.12,000.00
Fees for Seminars
Rs.1500.00
Examination Fees
Rs. 5000.00
Total Amount Payable
Rs.20,000.00

 

Amount payable for the Bachelor of Arts General (External) Degree Examination III.

Registration Fees
Rs.  1000.00
Fees for Lectures
Rs.12,500.00
Fees for Seminars
Rs.  1500.00
Examination Fees
Rs.  5000.00
Total Amount Payable
Rs.20,000.00

(The course fees are subjected to change)

Course Coordinator


Senior Lecturer Dr. Upul Priyantha Gamage 
BA (Hons) - University of Colombo
MA in Linguistics -University of Kelaniya
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociolinguistics - BPU
Accredited International Pedagogical ICT License holder
International Customer Care Skills Passport holder
Certificate in Forensic Linguistics (CCNU, China)
Certificate in Public Chinese (CCNU, China)

Telephone No.  Official  - +94112857783

E-mail  - upulpg@bpu.ac.lk

Non - Academic Staff

W.M. Chamari Indunilka Weerasekara (Management Assistant Grade III)

Online Lecture Schedule

 http://www.bpu.ac.lk/online-learning-facility/ba-programme

Contact Details 

Telephone Number :  +9411-2502944/ 2580609
Fax : +9411-2580610

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