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University Grants Commission - Sri Lanka

Standing Committee on University Business Linkage

Terms of Reference

The UGC, empowered by Section 4(2) of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, as and when required appoints Standing Committees for specific purposes, consisting of such members and with such powers, duties and functions as may be determined by the Commission. The Chairman of each Standing Committee shall be a member of the Commission.

Purpose

To provide a consultative forum that can effectively facilitate the technology transferring and commercialization of research at universities and some non-state Higher Education Institutions.

The specific functions are;

  • To promote the transfer of new technology developed in universities to the industry & community through commercialization of research.
  • To facilitate networking and strategic partnerships between universities, chambers, associations, and industries to facilitate the commercialization endeavors.
  • To address the challenges faced by the University Business Linkage (UBL) Cells/ Higher Education Institution- Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cells at universities and nonstate HEIs.
  • - To provide a platform for universities and selected non-state HEIs to present the new technologies developed.

Members Information

Membership Name Designation Institute
Chairman Prof. Chandana P Udawatte
Vice Chairman
University Grants Commission
Secretary Ms. Janadari Wijesinghe Deputy Secretary/Academic Affairs University Grants Commission
Members
Prof. Thusitha Abeytunga Lead Academic Expert, RDIC, AHEAD
Dr. Nishantha Sampath Punchihewage UBL Director University of Colombo
Prof. Roshan Dharshana Yapa UBL Director University of Peradeniya
Dr. Priyan Perera UBL Director University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. Mahendra Deeyamulla UBL Director University of Kelaniya
Prof. Rohan Munasinghe UBL Director University of Moratuwa
Dr. Thampoe Eswaramohan UBL Director University of Jaffna
Prof. Menik Hettihewa UBL Director University of Ruhuna
Dr. Ajith Madurapperuma UBL Director Open University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Anthony Andrew UBL Director Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Ajmal Hinas UBL Director South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Sanjeewanie Ginigaddara UBL Director Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne UBL Director Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
Dr. I.P. Manjula Wickramsinghe UBL Director Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Sampath Dharmadasa UBL Director Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Priyeshni Perera UBL Director University of the Visual & Performing Arts
Dr. Hemamali Palihakkara Head of Higher Education Institutions – Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cell Saegis Campus
Prof. Colin Peiris Head of Higher Education Institutions – Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cell SLIIT
Prof. H. L. Obeysekera Head of Higher Education Institutions – Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cell Horizon Campus
Prof. Lalith Edirisinghe Head of Higher Education Institutions – Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cell CINEC Campus(connected through a representative academic)
Dr. Indrapala Chandrasekaram Head of Higher Education Institutions – Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cell KIU
Dr. E.N.C Perera Head of Higher Education Institutions – Society Linkage (HEI-SL) Cell Sanasa Campus
Mr. Prasad Samarasinghe Managing Director Lanka Bell Limited
Mr. Dinesh Jayaweera Vice President Analytical Instruments (Pvt) Ltd
Mr. Sanjeewa Gunawardena Executive Director E B Creasy & Co PLC, Darley Butler & Co Ltd, Laxapana Batteries PLC
Mr. Presanna S. Ekanayake Attorney-at-Law E W Associates