Ceremonial Induction of the New Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda was held on 1st July 2019 with the participation of Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, Vice-chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Prof. Heenkenda assumed in duties at an auspicious time amongst Pariththa Chanting by the Honorable Mahasangha. Deans of Faculties, heads of departments, academic, non-academic and administrative staff members participated in the induction ceremony.

The Former Head of the Department of Economics and Co-Chairperson of IIVCC; Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda obtained his BA Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University in Japan.

He has worked as consultants and committee members in many projects initiated by Sri Lankan government including, Ministry of Medium & Small Scales Plantation Industries and Rural Human Resources Development (2005-2006), Ministry of Estate Infrastructure & Livestock Development (2006. -2007), Ministry of Livestock Development (2007-2008). He has served on the Board of Directors of National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) of Sri Lanka.