Name: Prof. Rev. Okkampitiye Pannasara
Present Post: Professor in Sinhala
Department: Department of Sinhala
University Address: Department of Sinhala,University of Kelaniya,Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Room Number: K2 206
Residential Address: Chandraramaya, Hunupitiya, Wattala, Sri Lanka.
Telephone: (Extension) 680/ (Office) +94-11-2914493
(Residence)+94-11-2949425
Academic Qualification:
• Ph. D.(Palaeography) Deccan College (deemed to be university) Postgraduate and Research Institute of Pune, India 2001.
• Thesis on “ Andhra influence on Brahmi Script in Sri Lanka during the period between 1st century B.C. and 5th century A.D.”
• M.Phil. (Sinhala) University of Kelaniya Kelaniya,Sri Lanka 1996.
• M.A.(Sinhala) Buddhist and Pali University Bauddhaloka Mawata,Colombo, Sri Lanka 1998.
• B.A. (Hons) (Subject Sinhala) (pass with a first Class) University of Kelaniya Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 1982.
Teaching Experience:
• Professor in Sinhala (2008).
• Senior Lecturer Grade I, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 2002 - 2007.
• Senior Lecturer Grade II, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya,Sri Lanka 1996 - 2001.
• Assistant Lecturer, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 1991 - 1996.
• Visiting Leturer Buddhist and Pali, University Sri Lanka.1983 - 1985.
• Lecturer, Sariputta College of Education Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka 1991.
Positions held:
• Head Department of Sinhala, University of Kelaniya 2010 to date.
• Student Counselor, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 2002 / 2003, 2003 / 2004, 2004 / 2005.
• Coordinator M.A. in Sinhala Programme, University of Kelaniya 2006 / 2007, 2007 / 2008, 2008 / 2009, 2009 / 2010.
• Senate member of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, 2007 up to now.
• Academic advisor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya 2006 / 2007.
• Senior Treasurer, Bhikkhu Student Society, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 2003 / 2004.
• Co- editor, Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya 2002 / 2005.
• Book reviewer - Advisory board of Education publication, Ministry of Education, Isurupaya, Battaramulla.
• Book reviewer - Board of State literary award, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.
• Co – controller – A/L Examination, Sinhala, Department of Examination. 2006 – 2007, 2007 – 2008
• Chief Examiner - A/L Examination, Department of Examination. 1992 – 2010 ( excluding 1988 – 2000 and 2005)
• External examiner - B.A. degree programme, Department of Sinhala, University of Ruhuna. 2002 - up to now
• External examiner - M.Phil. Degree, Department of Sinhala, University of Ruhuna. 2002 - up to now
• External examiner - M.Phil. degree, Buddhist and Pali University, Homagama. 2007 – up to now
• Examiner, re-correction board of A/L examination. 2007, 2008/2009
Research and Publications:
Papers published:
"The origin and evaluation of the Bodhisathva concept in Sri Lanka" Sinhala Journal, eds. Ven A. Pannarathna thero, Prof. K. Kumarasinghe. University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya. 2011. pp 235 – 250
"The expansion of Mahayana Buddhism in India" Colombo National Museum guide -2010. pp.64-73
"The Bodhisathva concept in Sri Lanka" Colombo National Museum guide -2007. pp.13-30
• "Praag vijaya yaksha naaga goothrikayo” ( Yaksha Naga tribes in Sri Lanka during the Pre Vijaya Era) The Journal of the Oriental studies society of Sri Lanka, eds. Ven. Dr. W. Dhammarakkhita thero. Colombo, 1995. pp 56 - 60.
• " Vyakyana sahithya pilibanda adhyayanayak" (A study of Sinhala Commentaries) Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, Vol.1. University of Kelaniya. eds. Dr. T.R.G. Dela Bandara, Prof. R.M.W. Rajapaksha. 1997. pp. 1-14
• "Andraa pradeeshayee pauranika bauddha toraturu pilibanda vigrahayak " ( An analysis of Buddhism in ancient Andra Pradesh) Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, Vol.4. University of Kelaniya. 2002 /2005. pp. 287-296
• "Ardhaanunaasikya pilibanda adhyayanayak " ( A study of semi nasals in Sinhala) In the Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, Vol.5 University of Kelaniya. 2006. pp. 23-29
• " Prakruta Sinhala yugaye akshara maalawa" (Sinhala Alphabet used in Sinhala Prakrit Era) Sambasha, Vol. 8, ed. Wijitha Welagedara. Department of Pirivena & Religion, Ministry of Education and Higher education. Colombo. 1997. pp.196-199
• " Jaathaka atuvaa getapadaya pilibanda vimarshanathmaka adhyayanayak" (A critical study of Jathaka atuvaa getapadaya) Swarnadhara , ed. Nandasena Palihakkara. Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of National Heritage. Colombo. 2006. pp. 147- 161
• " Anuradhapura Sinhala padya sampradaya pilibanda adhyayanayak" ( A study of Sinhala verse tradition in Anuradhapura Era) Vidyodaya, eds. Ven. Prof. Wegama Piyarathana thero, Ven. Dr. Makuruppe Dhammananda Thero, Ven. Pussellawe Gnanarathana. Past Students Assosiation of Vidyodaya, Colombo. 2007. pp. 36-45
• " Anusvaaraya, visargaya aadii aksharavala ruupiya vikaashaya" (Evolution of forms in letters anusvaraya, visargaya etc.) Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam Felicitation Volume, eds. Prof. Mudiyanse Disanayaka, Dr. Pranith Abeysundara, Rathnasiri Arangala. S.Godage & Brothers. Colombo. 2006. pp.669-690.
• " Brahmii akshara maalavee sambhavaya" ( The origin of Brahmi Alphabet) Ven. Wimalakirthi Felicitation Volume. eds. Prof. A. Damminda thero. et. al. Kelaniya. 1992. pp. 136-140
• " Perakumba sirithee apuurvatvaya" ( The poetic excellence of Perakumba Siritha) Sinhala Journal, eds. Ven A. Pannarathna thero, P.A. Sunil Ananda. University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya. 1992/1993. pp.130-144
•   " Vinaya esurin pooshita vyaakhyana saahithya" (Sinhala commentaries based on Vinaya) Sammani: Venerable Alavature Siri Dhammakiththi Maha thero Felicitation Volume. eds. Ven. Okkampitiye Pannasara Thero, Ven. Kotagama Wachissara Thero. Colombo. Editor publication. 2005. pp. 317-329
• " Saddharmaratnaavaliya ha Dharmasena himi" ( Saddharmaratnavali and Dharmasena Thero) Dammuthu, ed. Ven. Udawalave Mahinda thero, Pasyala. 2004. pp. 60-69
• " Vidyaachakravarthige kavithvaya pilibanda vigrahayak" (A study of the literary excellence of Vidyachakravarthi) Nandana, Vol. 1. eds. Ven. Kesbeve Sumanananda thero, Ven. Kotiyagala Uparathana thero. Nandana Publishers, 2005. pp. 92 - 103
• " Sangaraaja saadhuchariyava" Prasada. Ven. Kesbeve Wimalananda, Ven. Kesbewe Upananda thero, Ven. Kesbewe Wansananda thero.Nandana Publishers, 1995. pp. 87-104
• "Kriyaa karaka pada sambandaya" ( The relations between doer and verbs) Dinesa, Vol. 1. eds. Ven. G. Wimalananda thero, A.I. Divakara, Nadira Sarojini Jayathunga. Editor publication. 2002. pp.86-96
• " Sidat Sangaravee akshara maalava" (The Alphabet in Sidat Sangarava) Avarjanaa. ed. Giranegama Indrajothi thero. Samayawardena, Colombo. 2001. pp. 35-42.
• " Ruvanmal Nighanduwa: an introduction" Nam Ruwanmala hevat Ruvanmal Nighanduwa. ed. Ananda Abesiriwardena. Pereni Poth Samagama. 2004. pp. v-vi
•  " Maanava dayaava haa Saddharmaratnavallikaara Dharmasena himi" (Humanitarianism depicted by Dharmasena thero in Saddharmarathnavali) Abhisarana. Venerable Morawaka Soratha Felicitation volume. ed. Ven. Galkiriyagama Wimalananda thero, Pelemitiye Mahinda thero. Cypras, Sri Lanka Buddhist Society. 2006. pp.90-95
• " Saddarmaratnaavaliyee upamaavala vividhatvaya" ( Different types of similes used in Saddharmarathnavali) Dinesa, Vol.III eds. Ven. G. Wimalananda thero, A.I. Divakara. Editor publication. 2007. pp.119-126
• "Sinhalayee attanoo pada kriya vyavaharaya" ( Involitive verbs in Sinhala) Sumanaprabha: Felicitation Volume for the most venerable Okkampitiye Sumanajothi Thero. eds. Ven. Okkampitiye Pannasara thero , Therele Dhammarathana thero. Editor Publication. 2007. pp. 160 -172
The epigraphically information on Avalokhitheshvara Bodhisathva Sinhala Journal, eds.Prof. Susantha Mahaulpatha , Prof. K. Kumarasinghe, Prof. D. Rathnayake,  University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya. 2004. pp 16 – 33
Bodhisathvas in Theravada Buddhism Sambavya –  eds.Prof. T.R.G. Dela Bandara, Prof. W. Rajapaksha., University of Kelaniya, 2001, pp. 77-94
'Sri Lankave Avalokitheshvara Prathima' ( Statues of Avalokhiteshvara in Sri Lanka) Nuwana – Educational guide – National Institute of Education – 1999. Pp 37- 49
Books, Scholarly works:
• Sinhala akshara ruupa vikaasaya haa bhaaratiiya aabhaasaya (Evolution of Grapheme in Sinhala and Bharatha influence on it) Author publication. 2005
• Vibatmaldama. An edition of Vibatmaldama of Ven. Kirama Dhammarama thero. Editor publication. 2007.
• Hansa Sandeshaya edition 2009.
• Sinhala Bhasha vikasaya ha shila lekhana vimarshana. 2009
• Sidath Sangara Vimasuma. Author publication. 2007.
• Dhampiya atuvaa getapada vyaakhyaava. Author publication. 2007.
• Sangaraaja saadhuchariyaava. Editor publication. 2007.
Editing of collections of essays:
• Sammani: Venerable Alavature Siri Dhammakiththi Maha thero Felicitation Volume. eds. Ven. Okkampitiye Pannasara Thero, Ven. Kotagama Wachissara Thero. Colombo. Editor publication. 2005.
• Sumanaprabha: Felicitation Volume for the most venerable Okkampitiye Sumanajoti Thero. eds. Ven. Okkampitiye Pannasara thero , Therele Dhammaratana thero. Editor Publication. 2007.
• The Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya. Kelaniya. Vol. 4, 2002/ 2005
Received Awards:
Nijabima Harasara for best academic research, Uva Provincial Council  – 2011
Wellassa Ramya Bhumi Award for best researcher ,Uva Provincial Council  – 2007
State Literary Award for the best researcher, Sri Lankan Government – 2006 .
Uva Provincial Literary Award for the best performance in literary work,Uva Provincial Council  – 2006
Vice – Chancellor’s Award, for the outstanding researcher,University of   Kelaniya– 2006
Specialized Subject Area:
Sinhala Culture
Sinhala Literature
Art and Architecture
Inscriptions and Paleography