Welcome to the most dynamic Faculty of Agriculture in Sri Lanka.
The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya is the pioneer institute responsible for higher education in Agriculture in Sri Lanka. The Government of Ceylon authorized the incorporation of Agriculture higher education to the curricular of University of Ceylon on the 5th April 1946 and the first batch was admitted to follow the B.Sc. Agriculture degree program in 1948. Initially the study program was offered by the Department of Agriculture of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. In 1972, an independent Faculty of Agriculture was established in Peradeniya to strengthen higher education in Agriculture. Today, we are proud to be the oldest, largest and the most dynamic Faculty of Agriculture in the country.
The Faculty today consists of eight academic departments. To support the academic programs as well as the outreach activities, the Faculty has established various centers. The Agriculture Education Unit, Agriculture Bio-technology Centre, Agribusiness Centre, Teaching Methods Unit and Clean Development Mechanism Study Centre are some of them. The Faculty is capable of providing a sound practical training in Agriculture through its Livestock Farm at Mawela, Udaperadeniya, Meewathura Farm at Peradeniya (both located in the Wet Zone), Experimental Station at Dodangolla (located in the Intermediate Zone) and Sub-campus at Mahailluppallama (located in the Dry Zone). The latter offers practical training in agriculture during one whole semester including community based learning.
The Faculty presently offers three degree programs of 4-year duration namely B.Sc. Agricultural Technology & Management, B.Sc. Food Science & Technology and B.Sc. Animal Science & Fisheries. The total Annual student intake to the Faculty through the UGC is 300 and the total student population is about 1,100. All the academic programs offered by the Faculty are designed according to a semester based course unit system to give the most effective training on the subject matter. To ensure the best quality of the training offered by the Faculty, the Faculty is equipped with 119 permanent academic staff and 250 academic support staff. The Faculty has the strongest academic staff with 89 members trained up to Ph.D. in world famous leading universities of which about 50 % are full Professors.
The unique feature of our graduates is that they are fitting to a wider range of disciplines because of the multi-disciplinary nature of our academic programs. Beside subject matter knowledge, our students obtain a balanced training in communication skills, computer & IT skills and life skills development (in critical thinking, problem solving, team work, leadership skills, ethnic harmony) to meet the needs of the modern society. Our students have immense opportunities to get involved in social and welfare activities through various student societies as well as through events conducted by the Faculty. To assist our students in various aspects during their course of studies at the Faculty, the Faculty offers formal advisory and counselling programs, financial assistance for needy students and many others. The intellectual environment that is essential for any University is further strengthened by the existence of seven other faculties (Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Dental, Engineering, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science) those closely interact with each other in many activities.
We live in the Faculty as one family thus creating the best environment for studying and working. Thanked to the unique training we give to our students, our graduates always dominate in the job market and do not find much difficulty in finding employment. It is well known that graduates of our Faculty are employed everywhere in the country and abroad, almost in all the sectors.
Together with the staff of the Faculty, I extend an invitation to those interested in finding information about the Faculty to explore our website. I would be happy to answer any queries you may have.
Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture