The knowledge and the understanding of the Humanities and the Social Sciences disciplines are considered to be instrumental and vital in creating peace and harmony, national integrity, prosperity and advancement in any human society. Established recently for the purpose of providing, promoting and developing higher education in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) at the University of Peradeniya offers postgraduate degrees and diplomas and other short-term training courses with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus.
At this historic occasion of the ceremonial opening of the PGIHS, a national Institute destined to provide postgraduate education in the Humanities and the Social Sciences in Sri Lanka, I believe that the Institute will bring the lost glory to the University in terms of postgraduate education in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Oriental Studies and contribute largely to the development of whole nation. The PGIHS aims at becoming a centre of excellence in education, research, and creative thinking in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and to produce scholars committed to the advancement of knowledge through critical and independent thinking. As the first Director of the Institute, I have been entrusted with a great responsibility and duty towards effective establishment of the Institute within a broader perspective to offer diverse and demanding training programmes to cater to the real needs of the society. Hence, my intention is to improve the efficiency of the Institute in the provision of training programmes, provide more facilities and opportunities for greater interaction among students, teachers and researchers to enhance the quality of higher learning, expand the horizon of postgraduate studies at the University of Peradeniya, establish effective links with local, national and international higher learning and research entities, regulatory bodies, business sector and all other stakeholders to provide more exposure to our students, resource persons and administrative staff.
With a nature-rich environment, high quality human resources and experience and pride of the University of Peradeniya in providing higher education and training in Sri Lanka, the PGIHS provides an ample opportunity for local and foreign students to explore, engender and exchange knowledge, understanding and experience. I warmly welcome all those who join hands with the PGIHS with an intellectual mind to create a better world.