Dr. Priyantha Premakumara
Secretary, University Grants Commission
Dr. Priyantha Premakumara obtained a Bachelor Degree in Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Management.
Dr. Premakumara joined the University Grants Commission (UGC) in April 1999 as an Assistant Secretary and was promoted to the post of Senior Assistant Secretary in January 2005. Then he was promoted to the post of Additional Secretary of Academic Affairs and University Admissions in October 2010. He was in charge of the University Admissions Department nearly for 12 years and contributed enormously to develop the Department as one of the most efficient and effective Departments in the UGC. Dr. Premakumara was appointed as the Additional Secretary of the Human Resources in September 2011.
At the age of 47, Dr. Premakumara was appointed to the post of Secretary of the University Grants Commission in 2014. He is the sixth (6th) person to hold this prestigious post.
Dr. Premakumara was awarded a scholarship from the Chinese Scholarships Council for PhD program at the Wuhan University of Technology. This was helpful for him to identify subject specific knowledge with competencies in research and ability to grasp administrative concepts. He visited Universities and Colleges of Admissions Service (UCAS), United Kingdom, Central Admissions Office (CAO), Ireland, University of Zurich in Switzerland and University of Delhi in India in 2005 to identify admissions policies and procedures adopted by them. Further, he represented Sri Lanka for the ninth Regional Committee Meeting of UNESCO on Recognition of Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2007. In addition, he represented the UGC in conferences held in United State of America, Australia and France.
Presently, Dr. Premakumara serves as a member of the Board of Management of the Gampaha Wickramaarachchi Ayurveda Institute (GWAI). In addition, he was appointed to serve as a member of the Academic Affairs Board of the National Institute of Education (NIE) and as a member of the Academic Governing Council, National School of Business Management (NSBM).
In addition to the Post of Secretary of University Grants Commission, Dr. Premakumara serves as the Secretary of the Admissions Committee of the UGC and as the Secretary of joint meetings of the UGC and the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors (CVCD).