Institute for Agro Technology and Rural Sciences

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Weligatta New Town , Weligatta , Hambantota

The establishment of this Institute heralded an era of affirmative action on the part of the Government of Sri Lanka to "uplift farming in Sri Lanka as a prestigious occupation through arming the farming community with modern knowledge and information technology".

The University of Colombo Institute of Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences (UCIARS) (here-in-referred to as the Institute) was established as an Institute with blended distance mode of teaching to provide opportunities of higher education to farming community across barriers of age, space, time and academic background, under Section 24 A and Section 18 of the Universities Act no 16 of 1978 and the University of Colombo Institute of Agrotechnology and Rural Sciences Ordinance No. 02 of 20082. The Order under Section 24 A came into operation with effect from 23rd August 2008.

The Institute incorporated within its system the Magampura Agro-Technology and Community Services Center in Weligatta, Hambantota affiliated to the University of Colombo in 2000 by the UGC. The Centre’s history dates back to 1998 through which the university and researchers were able to build over the years close collaborative links with the community in order to transfer technology / knowledge and know-how directly to the end-users and improve efficiency in agriculture and agro-industry in the region.


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