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.