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Wachchi Patabendege Ranjith Premalal De Silva

posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:17 PM by Advancement Alumni Affairs Office

Wachchi Patabendege Ranjith Premalal De Silva

Present position/ title: Vice Chancellor, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka

How AIT degree helped you in achieving your career potential/goals:

I gained access to international academic and research community through my education at AIT.  The masters degree in INRDM not only strengthened my teaching and research capabilities but also provided me an opportunity to expose myself for wider group of professionals in my discipline.


B.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering), Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1982-1986

M.Sc. (Integrated Natural Resources Development and Management), AIT, Thailand 1989-1990

Postgraduate Certificate (Water Resources), Italian University for Foreigners, Italy 1992

PhD. (Applied Remote Sensing), Cranfield university, UK 1994-1997  

Career/Accomplishment record after graduation from AIT:

Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka (July 2011 to Date)

Vice Chancellor 

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (January 1987 To  Date)

Head of the Department (2006-2009), Professor (from March 2006), Senior Lecturer (Grade I; from October, 2003, Grade II; from October 1997, Lecturer; from February, 1988, Assistant Lecturer; January, 1987) in Agricultural Engineering (Remote Sensing & GIS, Hydrology and Water Resources)

Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2009-2010).  Director and Chief Executive Officer

Member of Teaching Panel,  Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1991 to date)

Secretary  in Board of Study in Agricultural Engineering (Remote Sensing, Spatial Statistics & GIS, Hydrology and Water Resources) (2002- 2006) 

Member of the Board of Management  of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Sri Lanka (2006- to date).

Subject Reviewer, Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of Sri Lanka, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka (Several reviews during 2008-2010).

Consultant for B.Sc degree programme in Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, 2010. 

Chairman, Ministerial Task Force for Estimation and Mapping of Paddy Cultivated Area, Ministry of Agriculture (2010 to date). 

Consultant to UNDP/ Disaster Management Centre for Disaster Risk Profile and Mapping, UNDP, Colombo (2010 to date).

Consultant to World Food Programme for Paddy Area Estimation in Eastern and Northern Provinces using Remotely sensed data, Sri Lanka - 2010.

Consultant to Secretary (Satellite Data Analysis), Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order,  and Centre for Research and Development of the Ministry of Defence, Public security, Law & Order – 2009.

International FAO Consultant appointed as Vulnerability Information Analysis Expert for the mission in Lao PDR, May 2008.

Consultant to World Food Programme to assess Food Security in Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka, January – July, 2008.

International Consultant appointed to develop a Customized GIS Ground Water Resources Database for the Sultanate of Oman, Water Resources Ministry through Parsons International, Sultanate of Oman, November 2007 – February 2008.

International FAO Consultant appointed as Vulnerability Information Analysis Expert for the mission in Lao PDR, January to April 2007.

International FAO Consultant appointed as Vulnerability Assessment Consultant for the mission in Myanmar. August – November,  2006.

Consultant to Crop Wild Relatives Project Implemented by Ministry of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture, 2006-2007.

International Consultant for the GIS Training for Engineers in the Ministry of Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman through Parsons International, July – August, 2006.

National FAO Consultant for Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Assessment  in Sri Lanka, 2005 &  2006.

Consultant (GIS) to UNDP/ DANES to improve the academic programmes at Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, 2001.

Consultant (GIS) to FAO for the Project on Market Intelligence and Food Information System SRL/91/023, 2001.

Consultant to Transco, British Gas for Spatial Database Management, Transco, Killingworth, UK, 1999-2001.

Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Geo-Informatics – 2005 to date.

Member of the Review Panel of Elsevier Publication – Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geo-information, 2005 to date.

Founder President, Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, 2004-2007

Chief Editor, Decadal Proceedings – 2004, United Nations Outer Space Affairs Office in Vienna

Editor, Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka – 2009/10

Member of the National Steering Committee of the International Water Management Institute from 2003 – 2008

Editor- Applied statistics Association of Sri Lanka 2003 - 2004