Wellamadama, Matara, Sri Lanka
University of Ruhuna is one of the leading Universities in Sri Lanka functioning since 1978. It’s vision to be the prime intellectual thrust of the nation. It is a multi-campus University with 8 faculties scattered in Southern provincial Cities of Matara ( Faculties of Science, Humanities and Social sciences, Marine Resources ) Galle ( Faculties of Medicine and Engineering ) and in Mapalana, Kambutupitiya ( faculty of Agriculture ). During the 38 years of the existence , university has expanded its horizons to be an entrepreneurial University, by developing and upgrading teaching, research and extension programs through international collaboration with many higher educational institutions around the world and linking with reputed industries.
Please. visit Website: http://www.ruh.ac.lk for more details about University of Ruhuna.
The Faculty of Agriculture, the partner of this project, is one of the pioneering faculties of the University, which is located at Rural Agricultural setup in Mapalana, Faculty has seven academic Departments of study, namely, Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Economics and Extension, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Crop Science, Food Science & Technology and Soil Science. The annual enrollment of the faculty for undergraduate programs are around 250, making the population of undergrads in the faculty towards 1000. Faculty caters to three professional B.Sc. degree programs of 4 year duration namely, Agricultural Resource Management and Technology, Agri Business Management and Green Technology.
The team member of ASCENT project belongs to the Department of Agricultural Engineering, of the Agriculture Faculty. The department thrives to become nationally and internationally recognized in developing and applying engineering principles and techniques for natural and agricultural production systems. After the 2004 Indian Tsunami, department took a leading role in DRR and Resilience programs by adapting Ecosystems based approaches in collaboration with many national, and international Universities and agencies. These programs received high recognition nationally and internationally The Department was able to offer a new Degree program on “Green Technology” thanks to the experiences gathered from these programs.
Please visit http://www.agri.ruh.ac.lk for more details about Faculty of Agriculture University of Ruhuna and the Department of Agric. Engineering.
University of Ruhuna Team Members
Professor Emeratus University of Ruhuna, winner of the National Disaster resilience award for academic Research ( Sri Lanka ) 2014. Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship; Published 80 journal papers, 10 Text books & monographs and 150 international Conference papers in Agriculture, Disaster Resilience building and DRR; Avail 6 Patents. Currently Deputy Vice Chancellor, INTEC Asia Campus 302/6 Koswatte, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka .
Received a state scholarship in 1970 for University Education in PLF University Moscow; Graduated in 1975 as an Engineer Agronomist with a M.Sc First class( hons) and was offered a Ph.D research fellowship on Cotton irrigation agronomy to work in Dry Steppe (Golodnaya Steppe ) of Kazakhstan. After Ph.D ( 1980 ) worked as a Consultant to World Bank project to rehabilitate minor irrigation systems in Sri Lanka and then Joined University of Ruhuna as a senior academic in Agric. Engineering. Was the first head and the Chair Agric. Engineering till 2014, Elected to the Dean of the faculty of Agriculture ( 2001-2006 ). Intensively engage with research and development programs in DRR and Resilience building after the 2004 tsunami, providing leadership to several international programs linked to Ruhuna.( German ,US, UK, CIDA, AusAID, NSF, EU, World Bank ).
Winner of Academic awards as best researcher, best international collaborator, best academic in the University and best fund raiser in University system of Sri Lanka. Have working experiences in India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Vietnam, UK, in the areas of Climate research and disaster resilience building. Have Expertise in Rural energy and Green technologies. Prominent Researcher in Bio Gas technology for rural sector, and Hydroponics technologies for Urban Agriculture. A significant contribution has made to Cinnamon sector development in Sri Lanka, by introducing a mechanization program. .
Worked with Asian Disasater Preparedness Centre since 2010, and coordinated a Flag ship program in Vietnam and Sri Lanka on ecosystems restoration and resilience building to meet the challenges of the Climate change.
Professor Champa M. Navaratne,
Department of Agricultural Engineering,
Contact address: Faculty of Agriculture,
Champa M. Navaratne, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna is a university teacher, a researcher and a consultant.She hasaB.Sc. honors in Agriculture , University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, MSc in Computing, College of Cardiff, University of Wales , U.K. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering related with water management in the University of Ruhuna.
She has been a pioneer researcher in the fields of climate change, water management and disaster resilience and possess more than 75 research findings in journals and symposia proceedings as full articles and abstract forms. She has teaching and research experiences for more than 30 years. Her team won one of the best three exhibition booth holders award for building up disaster resilience in agricultural sector at the National Safety Day Exhibition held on 26th December 2014 at MRICC, Hambantota among 35 booth holders.
She participated Disaster Resilience Leadership Training Course on 7 – 11 July 2014 at Bangkok organized by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Bangkok, Thailand and she had a study tour to Thailand from 2 -6 March 2015 to study Disaster Resilience build up in Thailand organized by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). Further, she was a member of joint community based research which was conducted with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) on ‘Mainstreaming climate information application for enhancement of agro ecosystem services and functions in Nilwala River Basin, southern Sri Lanka’.
Joining with NetWwater and Sri Lanka Water Partnership, she has organized and served as a resource person for more than 50 awareness and capacity building workshops in the fields of impacts of climate change and adaptation, impacts of unregulated river sand mining, drought and drought proofing, flood management and catchment conservation to build up disaster resilience.