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Dr Kumara Hirimburegama New VC of Colombo University
Dr Kumara Hirimburegama
Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama, the first Director who re-established the
Institute of Human Resource Advancement of the University of Colombo, and the
first Dean of the Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities of the
Kotelawala Defence University of the Defence Ministry was appointed the Vice
Chacellor of the University of Colombo by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Professor. S. Suseendirarajah, an Emeritus Professor in Linguistics
nominated Dr Hirimburegama for this post to the University Council for its
Dr Hirimburegama who was the President of the Institute of Biology
(IOB), Sri Lanka in 2006, is a Senior University Academic in the Faculty of
Science from 1991 in the field of Microbiology.
He is an internationally recognised scientist with research involvement
in Nuclear Techniques and Biological research and Molecular Biotech research at
the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna-Austria, Cellular Biochemistry
research at the University of Leuven-Belgium, Molecular Biotechnology research
at Vulcani Agro Research Institute at Bet Dagan-Israel, Banana Virology
molecular research at University Minnesota-USA, Chemical & Biological
Weapon Prevention in Speiz-Switzerland, and in several other countries.
Dr Hirimburegama is a product with a BSc of the University of
Peradeniya, and also the first PhD awarded in Botany of the same University
through a joint research programme on Biofertilizers for rice with the
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.
Dr Hirimburegama has supervised to produce another PhD holder at the
University of Colombo through his research in soil microbiology on straw
utilization as an organic soil biological quality improver for rice
cultivation. Dr Hirimburegama has carried out rice field research from
Anuradhapura to Hambantota, and he was the Project Director of the feasibility
study for a proposed new rail-road from Medawachchiya to Trincomalee.
He is a collaborative scientist in the banana improvement project in and
a main scientist in establishing the Weligatta Agro Technology Institute of the
University of Colombo at Hambantota.
He has introduced the Cisco Networking Academy program of US and the
Microsoft Advanced Academy of US programme to the University of Colombo, in
addition to several other university-industry collaboration programmes.
He was the Honorary Editor of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement
of Science (SLAAS) from 1999 to 2004.
DrHirimburegama is contributing through modern technology to promote
Tamil-Sinhala language speech among Sri Lankans to develop national harmony and
peace along with national policies.
Dr Hirimburegama received his entire school education at Richmond
College, Galle. Recognizing his contribution as a scientist to education, the
36th Annual Aryabhata International Award for Education - 2010 was awarded to
him in Bangalore, India.