History 1978-Present

Under the Universities Act No. 16, 1978, the university not only regained its independence but also some academic departments that it had lost at the beginning of the decade. Since then, the university has shown steady development and the picture that emerges in the year 2000 at the dawn of the 21st century bodes well for further development of the university. The separation of the Dental and Veterinary Schools from the Medical Faculty and the birth of a new Faculty during this time period increase the number of Faculties at Peradeniya to eight.
Together with these and the re-establishment of the Department of Law at the Faculty of Arts in August in 2009, the University of Peradeniya can be considered the most comprehensive University in Sri Lanka today.