Name: Prof. Upul Ranjith Hewawitanagamage
Designation: Professor in Hindi Studies
Residential Address: 369/4A, Pintaliya Road, Pahala Biyanvila,
Kadawata, Sri Lanka.
University Address Room No. K2 -201,
Department of Hindi Studies,
University of Kelaniya.
Telephone: (Mobile) 0094+0718007195
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Academic Qualification:
Doctor of Philosophy in Hindi Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India-2004.
Certificate in Bengali Language, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India-2004.
Master of Philosophy in Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka-1998.
Postgraduate Diploma in Writership and Communication University of Sri Jayawardhanepura, Sri Lanka-1990.
Vaadya Vishaarad (Violin), Bhaatkhande Sangiit Vidyaapiith Lucknow, Uttar Pardesh, India-1990.
Bachelor of Arts (Honors) University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka–1985.
Main subject: Hindi Studies
Subsidiary subject:      
Mass Communication
Teaching Experience:
Professor, Department of Hindi Studies,University of Kelaniya From 2007.
Senior Lecturer-Grade I, Department of Hindi Studies,University of Kelaniya 2006– 2007.
Senior Lecturer-Grade II, Department of Hindi Studies,University of Kelaniya 2000– 2006.
Lecturer, Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya 1995– 2000.
Visiting Lecturer, MSSc. Degree programme (Mass Communication)Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, 2006/2007, 2005/2006
Visiting Lecturer, BAMS/BUMS (Foundation Course for Hindi Language) Institute of Indigenous Medicine,
University of Colombo.
(2006/2007 commenced on 28th May 2007)
(2005/2006 commenced on 17th July 2006)
(2004/2005 commenced on 09th May 2005)
(2002/2003 commenced on 26th July 2004)
(1999/2000 commenced on 18th November 1999)
Lecturer, External Examinations Degree Seminar Series in Hindi Studies External Examinations Branch/Centre for
Open and Distance Learning (CODL),University of Kelaniya. from 2004-to date.
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Music (Foundation course for Hindi Language) Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya,(1997/1998 commenced on 25th January 2000)
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Language and Cultural Studies (B. A. (General) Degree Programme–Hindi Studies, University of Sri Jayawardhanepura, (1999/2000 commenced on 20th May 2000)
Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages,University of Kelaniya, 1991-1994
Programme Producer in Sinhala Service and Hindi Announcer/News Reader in All Asia Hindi Transmission, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) 1986-1990
Posts being held and previously held in the University:
Head, Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya (16th October 2006-to date)
Senior Treasurer, Hindi Parishad, Dept. of Hindi Studies (2004-2008).
Member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Humanities, 2006-to date.
Member, Faculty Board, Faculty of Humanities, 1995-to date
Member, Board of Senate, University of Kelaniya, 2006-to date
Member, Board of Management of CODL, University of Kelaniya 2006- to date.
Member (Invited), Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Evaluation Committee (CULTEC), 2006-to date.
Member, Visual Management Consultative Committee, University of Kelaniya,2006-2008.
Member/Executive Committee Member and Co-Editor, the Arts Council of the University of Kelaniya, 2005-2007.
Coordinator, IRQUE Project, Increased Intake for IT & Computer Sciences(Social Sciences and Humanities), 2005-to date.
National Executive Committee Member, Alumni Association, University of Kelaniya,2006-2009.
Web Master, Department of Hindi Studies, 2006-to date.
Member, E-Journal Committee, Faculty of Humanities, 2007.
Member, General Resources Sub-Committee, 9th Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) – 2007, University of Kelaniya.
Editor (Sinhala), Publications of 9th Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) – 2007,University of Kelaniya.
Acting Head, Department of Hindi Studies, 02.05. 2005 to 24.05.2005 and 16.09.2006 to 15.10.2006.
Resource Person, MSSc. Degree Program, Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, 2005, 2006.
Student Counsellor, Faculty of Humanities- 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007
Member, Peace Committee, University of Kelaniya (Chaired by Professor Nalin De Silva),2006 (A voluntary committee).
Member, Development Committee, Faculty of Humanities, 2005/2006.
Member, Web Development Committee, Faculty of Humanities, 2006.
Resource person/Judge, Rasa Kalana (Inter-faculty Instrumental Music Competition), IRQUE project, Department of Accountancy, University of Kelaniya, 2006.
Member, Organizing Committee, 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, 2005, University of Kelaniya.
Member, Selection Board for recruiting Temporary Assistant Lecturers, Faculty of Humanities, 2005.
Academic Warden, Hemachandra Rai Hostel, 2004/2005.
Member, Web Committee, Faculty of Humanities, 2004.
Senior Treasurer, Hindi Parishad, Dept. of Hindi Studies, 1995 to 2000.
Member, Editorial Board, The Journal of Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities,1999.
Lecturer-in-Charge, Department of Hindi Studies, 1995-1999.
Representative, the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Committee, Faculty of Humanities,1998, University of Kelaniya.
Member, Selection Board for recruiting Hindi Relief Announcers, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), 1998.
Posts being held and previously held outside the University:
Moderator/ Second Examiner, Degree Courses in Hindi Language,Department of Languages, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2004-up to date.
Evaluator, Book Review Project, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka, 2007.
Moderator/Second Examiner, Hindi Language Course, Gampaha Wikkramarachchi Ayurveda Institute, 2006-to date.
Moderator, Hindi Studies new syllabus, Department of Languages, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, August 2006.
Member, Selection Board for recruiting Probationary Lecturers, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2005.
Language Consultant (Sinhala), Library of Congress, Consulate of the United States of America, New Delhi Branch, India, 2002-2003.
Resource Person, Committee of GCE O/L and A/L Hindi syllabi,Department of Languages, National Institute of Education (NIE), 1996-1999 .
Extra Curricular Activities:
Visual Management System (University Site Map and Nomenclature) as the Team Coordinator I have developed a Visual Management System (University Site Map and Nomenclature)on voluntary basis. (with four other team members i. e.
  • Dr. Hemantha Sirisena [Dept. of Modern Languages]
  • Mr. Jayantha Munasinghe [Dept. of Mathematics]
  • Mr. Nishan Sakalasooriya [Dept. of Geography]
  • Mr. Jayantha Kalansooriya [Academic Division])
This was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor on 14th May 2007. This project is the only Visual Management System (University Site Map and Nomenclature) implemented in a Sri Lankan University that guides visitors and the university community to every location within the university premises.In November 2007 our University site map was uploaded to the home page of the University Web (www.kln.ac.lk).
Organized Hindi Divas a North Indian Cultural Programm on 14th February 2007 at the University of Kelaniya.
Organized Hindi Film Festival in collaboration with the High Commission of India from 22nd–26th January 2007, at the University of Kelaniya and published a souvenir.
As a member of Arts Council of the University of Kelaniya organized various programmes with other members from 2005- to date.As a Co-Editor, I initiated KALAA DIIPANII magazine as well.
Created and organized SAANDHY GEET-an evening of Hindi Poetry, Music and Dance to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Hindi as an Official Language of India in collaboration with the Indian Cultural Centre and the High Commission of India on 16th March 2000. I composed music for several songs. This programm was also held at the University of Kelaniya on 03rd April 2000.
Organized an Indian Film Festival in collaboration with the High Commission of India from 22nd–26th March 1999, at the University of Kelaniya and published a souvenir.
Organized a seminar to mark the Golden Jubilee of Independence of Sri Lanka and India and the 40th Anniversary of the University of Kelaniya at the University of Kelaniya on Hindi Studies in collaboration with the High Commission of India, Colombo–24th March 1998. Papers were presented by distinguished scholars from Lucknow University, Indiaand Sri Jayawardhanepura University in this seminar. The 1st volume of H I N D I Journal of which I was the Chief Editor, was launched on this day.
Introduced a Hindi Wall Magazine 'Jhankaar', 1998.
I initiated the Bhaaratiiya Sanskrutika Sittam (a series of Hindi films and documentaries) at the Department of Hindi Studies from 1996 to disseminate the knowledge of Indian Culture.
I initiated and established an Audio-Visual Collection at the Library of our department with the help of the High Commission of India from 1995. Now we have classical Indian Films, Documentaries Voice of Indian people in various modes i. e. Video tapes, Audio tapes, CDs, DVDs etc. Our students and the academic staff members use this collection for their research purposes.
Awards and Scholarships:
Saraswathi Award Winner (International), University of Lucknow 2013
World Hindi (International) Award Winner 2012
Godage (National) Literary Award Winner 2012
Nominated for the National Artists Directory-2007, Department of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka.
Vice Chancellor's Award-2006 for bringing honour to the University of Kelaniya by winning a National Award.
State Literary Award–2000 'Sirakaariya-Hindii Ketikataa' for the best translation of Hindi Short Stories, Department of Cultural Affairs.
SAARC Scholarship 2000-2004, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), India.
On-going Projects:
Visual Management System (Site Map and Nomenclature) As the Team Coordinator, I have already commenced measures to implement Visual Management System (Site Map and Nomenclature) in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, and the Gampaha Wikkramarachchi Ayurveda Institute.
Database Development
As the Team Coordinator I have developed (with four other team members i. e.
  • Dr. Hemantha Sirisena [Dept. of Modern Languages]
  • Mr. Jayantha Munasinghe [Dept. of Mathematics]
  • Mr. Nishan Sakalasooriya [Dept. of Geography]
  • Mr. Jayantha Kalansooriya [Academic Division])
a Database for locations and capacities of the University assets in Digital Format on voluntary basis.I think that this is the first ever Database created for locations and capacities of the assets of our University in Digital Format.
Seminars:
Resource Person, Seminar on 'Literature and Archaeology', 'Ajanthaa Lenhi Jaataka Kathaa Situvam (Jataka wall paintings in Ajantha Caves),30th September 2006, at Polonnaruwa Museum, Polonnaruwa Project, Central Cultural Fund, Ministry of Cultural and Religious Affairs.
Resource Person, Seminar on 10th Anniversary Celebrations of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka', (Hindi Folk Literature; An Introduction', 29th January 2006, at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka).
Intensive Courses:
Satisfactorily completed A Three Day Intensive Course on Microsoft Power Point School of Computing, University of Colombo, 2005.
Workshops:
Workshop on the use of Interactive Multimedia in Development of Courseware (22nd February to 11th March 2005 at University of Kelaniya) Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, Commonwealth of Learning, University of Kelaniya and CVCD.
Participant, a workshop organized by the IRQUE Project on 'Reconceptualization of teaching in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities to improve national productivity' at Le Kandyan Hotel, Peradeniya on 28th-29th October 2005.
Research and Publications:
Papers:
Vidyaalankaara Piruvanin Aalokaya Labuu Bhaaratiiya Pandivaru. The Journal of Faculty of Humanities–2007, ISSN 1391-5096.
Editors:Ven. Dr. Kollupitiye Mahinda Thero, Prof. V. I. Dasanayake, Prof. R. M. W. Rajapaksha and Ms. Romola Rassool
Uttara Bhaarataye Nava Avurudu Utsava
H I N D I Journal Vol. 2, 2007, ISSN 1800-2749 Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya Chief Editor: Dr. Upul Ranjith Hewawitanagamage.
History of Hindi Studies in Sri Lanka.
KALYANI Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya,Volume XIV 1995–2007. Editors: Prof. T. R. G. Dela Bandara,Prof. R. M. W. Rajapaksha, Dr. K. M. P. Kulasekara.
Sri Lankaa Mein Hindii Adhyaya Tathaa Adhyaapan Dakkhina: Proessor J. W. Gair Felicitation Volume-2007. Editors: Prof. T. R. G. Dela Bandara, Prof. R. M. W. Rajapaksha, Dr. K. M. P. Kulasekara .
Pashchaat Nuutanavaadaye Muulika Vivaadaya Maaksvaadaya Samagai (An interview with Professor Manager Pandeya) Sambhaavya-4, 2007, Editor: Prof. R. M. W. Rajapaksha
'Hindii Ketikataa Tulin Pilibimbuwana Gemi Jiivitaya Minivan P. Tilakaratne Haa Saahitya Lokaya' (a felicitation for Professor Minivan P. Tilakaratne),1999, SBN 955-20-3156-7, S. Godage & Brothers, Colombo. Editors: Prof. Kulatilaka kumarasinghe, Prof.Ananda Abesiriwardhane, Dr. Nimal Paravahera.
'Nautankii: Hindii Jana Naatakaya'
H I N D I Journal Vol. 1, 1998, ISBN 955-9044-30-3 Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya.
Chief Editor: Upul Ranjith Hewawitanagamage.
'Hindii Bhaashaka Kalaapaye Upabhaashaa Pilibanda Addhyayanayak'
The Journal of Humanities Vol. I, 1997, ISBN 955-9044-31-1.Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya.
Editors: Dr. T. R. G. Dela Bandara, Dr. R. M. W. Rajapaksha.
'Nuutana Hindii Ketikataava saha Piidita Saahityaa'
'Sambhaavya' 2, 1995, Kelaniya, ISBN 955-9169-09-2.
Editors: Dr. T. R. G. Dela Bandara, Dr. R. M. W. Rajapaksha.
Books:
Hindii Saahitya Samved
(A text book for Diploma Course in Hindi) 2008, Author Publication, ISBN 978-955-50465-0-3.
Moldaaviyaanu Janakataa I
(A collection of Folk Tales of Moldavia by Gregore Botezatu 2007, Author Publication, ISBN 978-955-50465-2-7.
Dogrii Janakataa
(A collection of Folk Tales of Duggar, Northern India by Bansiilaal Gupt)2007, Author Publication, ISBN 978-955-50465-3-4.
Basantii Havaa (Hindii Gadya saha Padya Sankalanaya)
(A text book for University Certificate Courses in Hindi) 2007, Author Publication, ISBN 978-955-50465-0-3 .
Gamvatura: Hindii-Bengaalii Ketikataa
(A collection of Hindi-Bengali Short Stories) 2006, Fast Publishing (Pvt.) Ltd., ISBN 955-1188-63-2.
Sirakaariya: Hindii Ketikataa Sangrahaya
(A collection of Hindi Short Stories) 1999, S. Godage & Brothers, Colombo, ISBN 955-20-3736-0. State Literary Award 2000.
Naagaalantaye Janakataa
(A collection of Folk Tales of Nagaland in India by Madhurup Vachaspati) 1999, S. Godage & Brothers, Colombo, ISBN 955-20-3737-9.
Eiid Ulela : Hindii Ketikataa Sangrahaya (Sinhala)
(A collection of Hindi Short Stories) 1st Edition, 1996, Vishvakala, Colombo, ISBN 955-9090-04-6 2nd Edition, 2006, Fast Publishing (Pvt.) Ltd., Colombo, ISBN 955-1188-62-4.
Hindii Saahitya Itihaasaya : Samkshipta hadinviimak
(History of Hindi Literature : A Brief Introduction) (Text Book for G. C. E. A/L Hindi Syllabus) 1998, National Institute of Education (NIE), Maharagama, ISBN 955-597-513-2.
Published in abstract form:
The Genesis and the evolution of the Jataka Stories
International Conference on Social Sciences, Sri Lanka (ICSSL) Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, 18-20 July 2008.
Nuutana Sammata Hindii Bhaashaave Madhyama Purusha Sarvanaama
8th Annual Research Symposium-2007, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, December 2007.
Khayaal: Hindii Jananaatakaya Pilibanda Addhyayanayak
Paper presented at the 7th Annual Research Symposium-2006, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, 8th December 2006.
A Visual Management System for Universities: A case study of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka Paper presented at the 7th Annual Research Symposium-2006, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, 8th December 2006.
Maach: Hindii Jananaatakaya Pilibanda Addhyayanayak
Paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium-2005, University of Kelaniya, 9th December 2005.
Monographs:
Maach: Hindii Jananaatakaya
(A research article on a variety of Hindi Folk Drama) 2007, Author Publication.
Khayaal: Hindii Jananaatakaya
(A research article on a variety of Hindi Folk Drama) 2007, Author Publication.
'Nuutana Sinhala Bhaashana Vyvahaaraye Purushavaachii Sarvanaama'
(A research article on pronouns in spoken Sinhala) 2005, Author Publication.
Editions:
Hindii Shaashtriiya Sangrahaya Vol. 2 (H I N D I Journal)
Commemoration Volume to mark the 32nd World Hindi Day. (The Journal of Department of Hindi Studies) Chief Editor, 2007, Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya, ISSN 1800-2749.
Retrospect (Sri Lankan Journal on Archaeology, History, Anthropology and related subjects) No 6 February 2006 Co-Editor, Indrani Ekanayake, Raddolugama, ISSN 1391-1783.
Hela Gii Magehi Yati Pelahara: Puujya Rambukana Sidhaartha Maahimi Sambhaavana (A felicitation for Ven. Rambukana Siddhartha Thero) Co-Editor, 2006, Samsaare Api Mitra Samaagama, Pannipitiya, ISBN 955-8293-04-0.
'Kalaa Diipanii' Magazine of Arts Council, Vol. I, 2006
Co-Editor, Arts Council, University of Kelaniya.
Maanava Shaastra Piitha Shaashtriiya Sangrahaya Vol. II
(The Journal of Faculty of Humanities) Co-Editor, 1999, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, ISSN 1391-5096.
Hindii Shaashtriiya Sangrahaya Vol. 1 (H I N D I Journal)
Commemoration Volume to mark 50 years of Independence of Sri Lanka and India (The Journal of Department of Hindi Studies) Chief Editor, 1998, Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya ISBN 955-9044-30-3.
Unpublished Research:
'A comparative study of Buddhist Jataka Stories and Hindi folk tales'Ph. D. Thesis, Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2004.
'A study of Hindi Folk Drama: with reference to Ram Lila, Ras Lila, Nautanki, Manch, Khyal, Bidesia'M. Phil. DegreeThesis, Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 1997.
'Nautanki: A variety of Hindi folk drama' B. A. (Hons) Degree Dissertation, Department of Hindi Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 1997.
Research Interests:
Hindi Grammar, Hindi Literature, Hindi Folklore
Other Interests:
Translation, Composing music, Visual Management Systems.
Current research activities:
Compiling a Hindi-Sinhala Dictionary, Usage of Modern Standard Hindi in secondlanguage teaching, Comparative study of Hindi and Sinhala folklore