The Prof. V. K. Samaranayake Endowment Fund

As is nationally and internationally recognized, Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Prof. V. K. Samaranayake, considered the "Father of IT" in Sri Lanka, was a pioneer in many spheres of the ICT landscape in Sri Lanka and the region. He also contributed much to other areas of academia such as Mathematics, Physics and Education. Towards his latter years, the International community awarded him many accolades primary among them being two Fellowships at the Harvard University in 2001 and 2003, and another Fellowship at the University of Stanford in 2005.

Ever since being the recipient of these awards, and their benefit in promoting cross border research collaboration, Prof. Samaranayake was keen to pursue means of facilitating the award of such research fellowships to distinguished academics and researchers from overseas to spend a sabbatical in Sri Lanka with a view to taking the University of Colombo and the UCSC to the next level of international recognition.

The Board of Management of the UCSC in consultation with its academic staff therefore felt it most appropriate to set up an endowment fund in his name with the specific objective of granting research fellowships to distinguished academics and researchers from around the world to spend between 3 and 9 months at the UCSC each year. In order to facilitate this each year using the interest income from the fund, a target of Rs. 10 million has been set for the endowment fund.

Further, with a view to accelerating the process of setting up this fund, the Board of Management and the staff have decided to contribute matching funds from the UCSC's own generated income for all contributions made by 30th September 2008 so that the first announcement of the award can be made for the academic year commencing October 2008.


How to contribute:

  • Cheques or bank drafts in Sri Lankan Rupees

Should be made out to “UCSC Projects - Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Endowment Fund” and sent to: Prof. V.K.Samaranayake Endowment Fund
C/O, Director,
University of Colombo School of Computing
No: 35, Reid Avenue, Colombo 7.

  • Foreign currency contributions

Should be sent to the following account (making sure to clearly write the account number):

Account Name: UCSC - Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Endowment Fund
Account No: 796-4-021-3-0229-287
Bank Address: People’s Bank Overseas Customer Services-796,
59,D.R. Wijewardana Mawatha
Colombo 10
Sri Lanka.

Pay Online  In LKR (Rs.)

A decade from now, we could realize the true effect of this very specifically targeted endowment, in extending the horizons of ICT research in Sri Lanka.