Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

Message from the Director


The PGIA of University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka was established in June 1975, in terms of the Ordinance No. 9 of 1979 as the first institution of postgraduate education of its kind in the country, functions as an Institution within the University of Peradeniya, under the direction of its Board of Management.
At present PGIA offers postgraduate programmes in 31 disciplines and the emphasis is to train and provide most updated knowledge while facilitating research programmes. The programmes of study comprise of course work only, course work and research, and research only. Provisions are available for the research work to be undertaken either in the University System or at a relevant Research Institution in Sri Lanka.
PGIA student population includes local and foreign graduates from different faculties including Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, Arts, Science, Medicine etc. Students from Bangladesh, India, Peoples’ Republic of China, Nepal, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Nigeria and Ghana have already completed their postgraduate degrees at the PGIA.
The Panel of Teachers consists of over 300 outstanding academic staff with wide teaching and research experience, the majority of whom are from the Faculty of Agriculture, Peradeniya and the others from other Faculties of the University System, Government Departments, Research Institutes, Corporations, Private Sector Firms, International Institutions and Non-governmental Organizations.
An important challenge facing the PGIA is to develop disciplined, dedicated and hard working students who would devote considerable time to their studies and research and get the widest possible exposure in the relevant fields. Through such commitment, the graduates of the Institute are expected to develop a strong work ethics, which should become an integral part of their character.
The Institute houses the administrative, admissions and financial sections, Computer Units, auditorium and Class rooms. This handbook includes information on courses and the regulations for students pertaining to degree programmes.

Prof. C.M.B. Dematawewa
Director, PGIA