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Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS)
Functions of the Institute
Members of the board of governors

Objects of the Institute (section 3)

(Established under the Institute of Fundamental Studies Act, No. 55 of 1981 and as amended by Act, No. 5 of 1997)

3. The aims and objects of the Institute shall be to create an interest in and to provide facilities for fundamental and advanced studies and in particular to-

(a) initiate, promote and conduct research and original investigations in fundamental studies in general with particular emphasis on mathematics, physical science, social science and and philosophy, taken in the broadest sense;

(b) arrange lectures, meetings, seminars and symposia in pursuance of its academic work and for the diffusion of scientific knowledge ;

(c) invite scientists, in Sri Lanka and from abroad, actively engaged in creative work to deliver lectures and participate in its academic activities;

(d) establish and maintain liaison with scientific workers and scientific institutions in other countries and promote international co-operation in matters relating to the aims and objects of the Institute ;

(e) do such other acts and things as may be necessary to promote the aims and objects of the Institute, while taking care to protect and promote the national interest.

Powers & Duties of the Institute (section 4)

4. The Institute shall have such powers and rights as may be necessary to achieve its aims and objects and in particular it may -

(a) make rules in respect of the management of the affairs of the Institute ;

(b) institute Research Professorships, Associate Research Professorships, Research Fellowships, and award prizes and medals, for fundamental and advanced studies ;

(c) erect, equip and maintain libraries and laboratories, and provide other services for fundamental and advanced studies;

(d) take and hold any property, movable or immovable, which may become vested in it by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise and subject to the rules of the Institute sell, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same ;

(e) establish a research fund for the promotion of fundamental and advanced studies ;

(f) enter into agreements for co-operation with educational or other institutions whether in Sri Lanka or abroad having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Institute, for the exchange of personnel and students and generally for such purposes as may be conducive to their common objects ;

(g) make appointments to the staff of the Institute ; and

(h) do all such other acts or things as in the opinion of the Institute are necessary to facilitate the attainment of its aims and objects and the carrying out of its functions.

Powers and Functions of the Research Council (section 11)

11. Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules of the Institute, the Council shall-

(a) have control and general direction of instruction, education, research and examinations in the Institute ;

(b) elect to the Board the two members referred to in section 6 (1) (vi), and recommend at any time, if it thinks it necessary, the removal of all or any of them;

(c) recommend to the Board the appointment of the Director, Associate Directors, Deputy Directors, Research Professors, Visiting Research Professors and Associate Research Professors of the Institute;

(d) recommend to the Board the appointment of the Director whenever such office falls vacant and to recommend if it thinks it necessary, his removal;

(e) advise the Board on all research and related matters ;

(f) advise the Board with regard to the Research Project Units of the Institute; and

(g) make recommendation on all other matters where the recommendation of the Council is sought in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

The board of Governors of the IFS

[The BOARD OF GOVERNORS is vested with the responsibility of administering the Institute (section 6)]

Name of member

Provision in statute

Date of appointment

3 year term ends on



His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, President, Chairman

Section 6(1)(i)






Hon. D.M. Jayaratne, Prime Minister,

Section 6(1)(ii)



Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition

Section 6(1)(iii)



Prof. Chandra B. Dissanayake, Director of the Institute

Section 6(1)(iv)



Prof Gamini Samaranayake, Chairman of the UGC

Section 6(1)(v)



Prof. P.W. Epasinghe, Advisor to the President on Scientific Affairs.

Section 6(1)(vA)




Prof. N.K.B. Adikaram, Department of Botany,
University of Peradeniya.

Prof U.L.B. Jayasinghe, IFS.

Section 6(1)(vi) –
TWO persons  elected by the Research Council from among its members.

Three (03) years, provided he continues to be a member of the Research Council






Prof. Kapila Gunasekera
Vice Chancellor, University of Vocational Technology.

Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne,
DG/Central Cultural Fund.

Dr. P. Sivepalan

Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake

Section 6(1)(vii) –
FOUR persons appointed by the President from among persons who in his opinion are specially qualified in relation to the work of the Institute.

2nd June 2009


2nd June 2009


2nd June 2009

29th Sep., 2010

1st June 2012


1st June 2012


1st June 2012

1st June, 2012
(for the balance period of Mr. DLO Mendis)


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 07:21