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Board of Study for Religious and Cultural Studies

The Board of Study for Religious and Cultural Studies offers postgraduate study programmes and other training programmes in Pali, Sanskrit, Greek and Roman Studies (Western Classical Culture), Fine Arts, Hindu Civilization, Islamic Studies and Buddhist Studies. About 100 students enroll annually with Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programmes offered by this Board of Study. Around 50 foreign students enroll annually for the postgraduate programmes in Pali and Buddhist Studies.


Professor S.J.S. de Mel


Chairperson of the Board of Study

Ven. Professor M. Gnanananda
Chairperson/Pali & Buddhist 
Faculty of Arts
University of Peradeniya


Secretary to the Board of Study

Prof. H.M.M. Herath
Secretary and Programme Coordinator Buddhist Studies
Faculty of Arts
University of Peradeniya


Board Members

Dr. S. Mantillake

Head/Department of Fine Arts 

Ven. Prof. K. Rahula

Head Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies

Mr. M.A.M. Yaseer

Head Department of Arabic & Islamic Civilization

Professor S. Pirashanthan

Head and Programme Coordinator Department of Tamil

Ms. K.M.R.N. Kulatunga

Head and Programme Coordinator Greek and Roman Studies

Ven. Dr. M. Indarathana

Programme Coordinator Pali 

Dr. M. Alawathukotuwa

Programme Coordinator Fine Ars 

Dr. M.Z.M. Nafeel

Programme Coordinator Arabic and Islamic Civilization  

Rev. Dr. J. Dhammaloka

Programme Coordinator Sanskrit 

Professor W.M.W.G.C.S.M. Wickramasinghe

Appointed Member

Dr. I.N.M. Ariyaratne

Appointed Member

Dr. I. Ferdinando

Appointed Member

Professor R.P. Seneviratne

Appointed Member