‘VAJRA JAYANTHI’ OF A GREAT SEAT OF HIGHER LEARNING: A MILLENNIUM PERSPECTIVE

Journal Title: Social Affairs - Year 2017, Vol 1, Issue 7

Abstract

Mine was a life closely intertwined with this great university and its intellectual traditions. I happened to be one of those few individuals who were privileged to be born in the same year in which the university was established, and lived the prime of my life in its idyllic landscape both on its summits as well as its ravines and witnessed its gradual growth, achievements, trials, and tribulations for over 50 years. I also had the exceptional privilege of presiding over its affairs in the mid-1990s. In this paper, I revisit the natural charms and attractions of the University of Peradeniya, its nascent years of being, and the ‘Golden Age’ of the University, as well as explore prospects for its future as someone who has been closely connected to the institution for most of his life. In terms of the desired future trajectory of the University, I have identifed the need to re-introduce a culture of research, lifting the observance of ‘offce hours’ within university premises (at least the library), and stronger critical connections with the development process of the country with a long term view to establishing a university town centered on Peradeniya.

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C. M. Madduma Bandara

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C. M. Madduma Bandara (2017). ‘VAJRA JAYANTHI’ OF A GREAT SEAT OF HIGHER LEARNING: A MILLENNIUM PERSPECTIVE. Social Affairs, 1(7), -. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-31436