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Rector of SIBA Campus
Dr. Upali M Sedere
B. Ed. (Hons) (First Class) University of Ceylon
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of Iowa
Fulbright Scholar & Education Sector Specialist,
B.A. (Special) in Sinhala Language (First Class)
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Modern Fiction
Diploma in French Language and Literature
To be an innovative Academy in Sri Lanka providing guidance to leadership based on the development
wisdom and inculcation of moral values.
SIBA is a project of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and was initiated
with the blessings of the Most Venerable Prelates of both the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters of
Siyam Nikaya of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka, by Hon. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the Chief Lay
Custodian or the Diyawadena Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa. Established in February 2009, it acquires
its singular significance and uniqueness particularly among Sri Lankans and Buddhists in general due
to its association with Sri Dalada Maligawa.
To Provide and promote education and training to interested laypersons and members of the monastic
community in Sri Lanka and abroad by creating opportunities and facilities to learn, teach and apply
knowledge acquired for realizing for oneself the validity and veracity of the teaching of the Buddha
enable them also to create such understanding in others and thereby serve humanity in general.
SIBA-DCI Research Centre, funded by Dhammachai Institute (DCI), Thailand, was established at Sri Lanka
International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Pallekele, Kundasale, Sri Lanka, as part of the Dhammachai
Tipitaka Project in Thailand, in 2010.
An MOU was signed between SIBA of Sri Dalada Maligawa and DCI
of Wat Phra Dhammakaya Thailand at SIBA on 24 August 2010 with the participation of the Most
Venerable Udugama Sri Dhammadassi Ratanapala Buddharakkhitabhidhana Mahanayake
Mahathera, Supreme Patron of SIBA, the Most Venerable Dr. Somchai Thanavuddho, Director of
Dhammachai Institute, Hon. Dr. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Chairman of SIBA, and Prof. G.A. Somaratne,
Rector of SIBA. Under this agreement, SIBA-DCI Research Centre has carried out its research activities
since October 2010. The Centre promotes research activities at SIBA in general by developing a Research
Library for the use of the researchers as well as the students and staff of SIBA. The main
research activity is to translate the volumes of the Dhammachai Pali Tipitaka edition and also the Pali
commentaries into both English and Sinhala. The translation is carried out by a team of Pali and Tipitaka
scholars. The Centre is run by a Director, Deputy-Director and a Coordinator.
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Over 500 students marked the successful culmination of their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at a gala Convocation Ceremony held on 20th October 2017 at the SIBA auditorium , Pallekele, Kundasale . It was dedicated to the first batch of Graduates in B.SC. (INFORAMATION TECHNOLOGY). Student achievements were recognized across a range of programs including MA in Buddhist Studies, BA (Special) Degree in Buddhist Leadership, BA (Special) Degree in Pali , BSc Degree in Information Technology and Higher Diploma/ Diploma Programmes in several disciplines.
The Chief Guest was Sri Tharanjith singh sandhu (H.E. the Higher Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka) .Other distinguish guests were Ven. Dr. Saddhammajothikadhaja Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Anu Nayaka Theoro of Malwathu Maha Viharaya, Ven. Wendaruwe Sri Upali Anu Nayaka Thero of Asgiri Maha Viharaya, Ms.Radha Venkatraman Assistant ( Higher Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka ) , Mr. Mahendra Ratwatte (Board Director of SIBA and Former Mayor Of Kandy) , Mr. C.W.Karunarathne ( Board Director of SIBA and Secretary General Sri Dalada Maligawa) , Mr.Gamini Ranjith Bandara ( Board Director of SIBA and Director Foreign Affairs Sri Dalada Maligawa) and Dr. Palitha Kohona , (Board Director of SIBA and former Secretary/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of Sri Lanka). Eminent educationist, Dr. Upali Sedere (Rector/SIBA) conducted the proceedings.
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