Dean's Message

Welcome to the center of excellence in the field of Humanities.

Faculty of Humanities takes the lead in offering a vast range of unique disciplines, which predominantly reflect the heritage of the University of Kelaniya which possesses a history of over 150 years.

The disciplines are namely, Buddhist Culture, Buddhist Philosophy, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Literary Criticism, English, Tamil, Western Classical Culture, Christian Culture, Painting, Music, Dancing, Drama and Theatre, Image Arts, Film and Television, Linguistics, Translation Methods and a range of modern languages such as French, German, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Hindi and Japanese. The Department of English Language Teaching (DELT) attached to the Faculty of Humanities enhances the English language skills of the students for professional purposes.

The academic tradition and the history of the Faculty of Humanities dates back to the inception of the Vidyalankara Pirivena. The Vidyalankara Higher Educational centre was established in 1875 by the initiative of The Most Venerable Sri Dharmaloka Thero and upgraded as the Vidyalankara University in 1959. The Most Venerable Kiriwaththuduwe Sri Pangnasara Thero was the first Vice Chancellor of the Vidyalankara University. Today, the former faculties of the Vidyalankara Pirivena, the Faculty of Languages, the Faculty of Buddhism and the Faculty of Arts come under the aegis of the Faculty of Humanities.
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