History 1972-1978

The implementation of the University Act No.1 of 1972 and subsequent rationalization of courses brought in a series of difficulties to the university at Peradeniya. Some of the members of the academic staff had to move to other universities while certain departments such as Western Classics, English and Education too were moved to other universities.


Under the Universities Act No. 16, 1978, the university regained its independence and some academic departments lost at the beginning of the same decade were reestablished. Since then, the university has shown a steady development and the picture that emerges in the year 2000 at the dawn of the 21st century bodes well for the further development of the university:


In 1978, when the University of Peradeniya became an independent entity, the Council adopted the Crest of the University of Ceylon without the Sanskrit motto, but with the words University of Peradeniya in Sinhala, Tamil and English. The annual reports from 1979 came to carry the Sanskrit aphorism from Hitopadesha, Vidya Dadati Vinayam (Knowledge gives discipline).