Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium (FAuRS)

The concept of undergraduate research symposia was first introduced to the university system of Sri Lanka in 1993 by the deaprtment of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Since then, annual student reseach sessions had been a tradition of the faculty. In 2014, the faculty took another step forward by conducting a common student research symposium for the entire faculty. The FAuRS is providing a platform for graduting students to present their valuble final sesmter research findings and interact with experts in the sector, peers, and prospective employers. This will no doubt enhance the research culture within the faculty and the university system.


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FAuRS 2016

The Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Session (FAuRS) -2016 was successfully staged on 16th December 2016. The event was graced by Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, as the chief guest and the invited speaker of FAuRS-2016 and the Vice Chancellor and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya.

Technical sessions

Twenty-seven (28) oral presentations in four parallel sessions were held under the following four themes and each session consisted of 7 presentations.

  • Agricultural Production and Product Development
  • Environment and Resource Management
  • Technological Interventions and Applications in Agriculture
  • Social, Institutional and Economic Development

Twenty seven (28) poster presentations (P) were held under three themes

  • Agricultural Production and Product Development
  • Technological Interventions and Applications in Agriculture
  • Environment and Resource Management and Social, Institutional and Economic Development

Symposium materials

A symposium bag and required stationary were provided for all the participants at the symposium. Five hundred and fifty (550) copies of the proceedings and 200 copies of the research briefs were printed and distributed among the participants.

Award for the winners of competition

Nineteen graduates were rewarded by cash awards. Certificates of participation were given to all those who made submissions/presentations at the six competitions organized for the event. A gold medal for the best oral presenter was awarded by A. Baur & Co. (Pvt) Ltd. Apart from the awards, winners of the Innovation competition received an opportunity to participate in Young Innovators competition organized by Sri Lanka Inventors Commission. The list of winners are posted on the Faculty web-site for FAuRS—2016.

Symposium dinner

The FAuRs-2016 was followed by the fellowship dinner. The musical night at the fellowship dinner was successfully conducted by the ARTs Circle of the Faculty of Agriculture.

Organizing Committee
  • Professor D.K.N.G. Pushpakumara(Dean/ Faculty of Agriculture)
  • Professor Jeevika Weerahewa(Coordinator/ FAuRS--2016)
  • Professor Pradeepa Siva (Chairperson/Faculty Research Committee)
  • Professor S.P. Nissanka (Coordinator/FAuRS—2015)
  • Professor D.N.N.G Wijesinghe
  • Dr. S. Dharmakeerthi
  • Dr. H. M. V. G. Herath
  • Dr. Suranga Kodithuwakku
  • Dr. L. Weerasinghe
  • Ms.Uvasara Dissanayake
  • Dr. A.K. Karunarathne
  • Dr. Pradeepa Korale Gedara


The organizing committee would like to keep in records its heartfelt gratitude to all the members of academic, academic support and non-academic staff of the Faculty of Agriculture, the student community and all those who supported in making FAuRS-2014 a success. A special word of appreciation is placed for Prof. Buddhi Marambe, Dr. Janak Vidanarachchi, Prof. Sarath Kodithuwakku, Dr. Rohith Prashantha, Ms. Madhavi Wijerathne, Dr. Dilini Hemachandra, Dr. Himali Samarakoon, Prof. Swarna Wimalasiri, Ms. Viraji Jayaweera, Dr. Chalinda Benaragama, Dr. Charith, Dr. Chammi Attanayake, Dr. Mojith Ariyaratne, Prof. Sivanandiwerl and Dr. Janakie Mohotti for shouldering different tasks in staging the FAuRS-2016.

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