Capacity Building of the Scientific Carder in the National Agriculture Research System.



W R K D W K V Wickramasinghe

Institute: Regional Rice Research & Development Centre, Bombuwela

Indian Institute: Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur

Study: Ph D

Discipline: Agricultural Microbiology

Research Topic:Characterization and evaluation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria from rice soils of Wayanad 

Year of Admission:2017

Kodikarage Manoj Sunanda Kodikara

Institute:Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Diyathalawa road, Bandarawela

Indian Institute: Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University

Study: Ph.D

Discipline:Soil Science

Research Topic:Effect of different levels of phosphorus on availability of Calcium and micronutrients in soils and uptake by rice (Oryza sativa L.) under wet and aerobic conditions.

Year of Admission:2017

Pradeepa Samanthi De Silva

Institute:Regional Rice Research and Development Centre, Bombuwela

Indian Institute:Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University

Study: Ph.D

Discipline:Genetics and Plant Breeding

Research Topic: Research will be started in January, 2019 and the research topic is not yet finalized.

Year of Admission:2018

Darsha Manjula Withanawasam

Institute: Regional Rice Research & Development Centre, Bombuwela

Indian Institute:S.V.Agricultural College,Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Tirupati

Study: PhD

Discipline: Genetics and Plant Breeding

Year of Admission: 2018


Narmada Iroshani Perera

Institute:Fruit Reserach & Development Institute, Kananwila, Horana

Malaysian Institute : University Putra Malaysia

Study: Ph.D

Research Topic: Micropropagation of Ziziphus jujuba by shoot tips and callus regeneration.

Year of Admission: 2018


Rathnayaka Gamage shyali Iroshani

Institute: Horticultural crops Research and Development Institute, Gannoruwa, Peradeniya

Thailand Institute:Kasetsart University

Study:  Ph D

Discipline:Plant Breeding

Research Topic:Genetic analysis of the resistance to Bruchids (Coleopter: Bruchidae) in the genus Vigna

Year of Admission: 2018


Paba Sumana Kumari

Institute: Horticultural Crops Research and Development Institute, Gannoruwa, Peradeniya

Designation: Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research)

Institute :Post Graduate Institute of Peradenia, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Study: Ph.D

Discipline: Breeding and Biotechnology

Research Topic: Technology Development for Bean Rust Resistant Breeding line Development by incorporating resistant genes from locally available and introduced germplasm 

Year of Admission: 2018

The Agriculture Research Sector

Sri Lanka has established research organizations based on different commodities and disciplines, namely Agriculture, Veterinary, Livestock and Fisheries, Faculties of the National Universities and allied fields in agriculture, resulting in 12 Research and Development Institutes, namely, the Rubber Research Institute, Tea Research Institute, Coconut Research Institute, Sugarcane Research Institute, the Department of Agriculture the main Institute involved in non-plantation crop research, mandatory to more than 100crops, National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, the Department of Export Agriculture, Institute of Postharvest Technology, Department of Animal Production and Health, Forest Department and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Training Provided by SLCARP for the NARS

The SLCARP was established under the World Bank Agriculture Research Project, and was responsible for capacity building and arranging training for scientists in the Department of Agriculture, Department of Export Agriculture, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Institute of Post Harvest Technology, National Aquatic Research and Resources Agency, Tea Research Institute, Rubber Research Institute, Coconut Research Institute, Sugarcane Research Institute, Royal Botanical Gardens and Department of Animal Production and Health. The World Bank Agricultural research project provided training to more than 50 PhDs and 30 M.Scs to the research of the NARS.

After the completion of the Agriculture Research Project, SLCARP initiated a Memorandum of Agreement with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) on 02nd July 1998 under which over a total of 54 Ph.Ds. 53MS.cs and 150 researchers were given short term training with the support of GOSL funds.

Training Requirement 2018-2020 of the NARS

The NARS, covering 12 R&D Institutes are facing a grave situation of untrained scientific staff to carryout research & development work primarily directed to meeting the emerging challengers of the deferent sectors (agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, floriculture and plantation sector).

SLCARP submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture for Capacity Building of the Researchers of the NARS on 2017/03/16, due to the lacunae of trained staff in the NARS.A Cabinet Memorandum was issued on 21 September 2017 under the heading of Directing of Researchers of the NARS for Foreign postgraduate degree training approving Rs. 300Mn per annum for over a period of five consecutive years.

Thereafter SLCARP has interviewed and selected suitable candidates from NARS for training at M.Sc or PhD level for your 2018-2020