The Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS) is a National Institute attached to the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. The PGIS was established in 1996 by an ordinance from the Ministry of Higher Education in order to promote science education and R&D in scientific disciplines in Sri Lanka. The principal objective of the Postgraduate Institute of Science is to promote and provide postgraduate instruction, training and research in various scientific specialties, enhancing the graduate academic experience.
The academic programmes of the PGIS are conducted through 10 Boards of Study and these programmes are conducted in close collaboration with the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. Being situated in the premises of University of Peradeniya, it provides an ideal environment for intellectual activities particularly in interdisciplinary areas. PGIS has the opportunity of obtaining services from academic staff members with postgraduate qualifications from some of the best universities in the world. The members of the teaching panels are drawn from eight faculties of the University of Peradeniya, as well as from other universities and institutes. The excellent research facilities available at the Faculty of Science and other science-based Faculties of the University of Peradeniya and research institutions in the country, are used to provide research training to students.
Currently, the PGIS offers M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes as well as postgraduate diploma and certificate courses while in-service training programmes, short courses, workshops, etc. are routinely conducted. The Institute also offers consultancy services to local industry and public/private sector institutions. Sandwich and collaborative programmes have also been launched with international institutions in USA, France, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Thailand, South Korea and other countries.
The PGIS caters to the growing demand for trained Science and Technology manpower facilitating this by appropriately resourced, university-wide activities and strategic collaborations with professional bodies, commercial organizations, research organizations, government bodies, other universities and public and private sector organizations in Sri Lanka. The quality of the postgraduate programmes has been maintained at a high standard in order to attract a large number of postgraduate students locally as well from other countries in the region, during the past decade. Over this period, the students enrolment has increased by about 10 fold. A significant number of postgraduates are providing their expertise to the national development while being associated in both private and public sectors. The PGIS has become the leading degree awarding institute in Sri Lanka for postgraduate research and education in scientific disciplines. During the past 14 years the PGIS has awarded, through the University of Peradeniya, more than 1000 postgraduate degrees (Ph.D., M. Phil. and M. Sc.) in different disciplines of science and more than 8000 have participated in workshops, conferences and short-term training courses/programmes.
In keeping with the vision and mission of the PGIS, activities have been planned in the corporate plan for the next 6 years. We will develop our corporate information function alongside our planning function to ensure that corporate information is accurate, timely and relevant, spans all of our activities and supports our strategic plan. We will further demonstrate our commitment to the development of our environmentally sustainable institute. Our strengths in developing future postgraduate programmes, increasing student intake and promoting innovative research have been taken into account in preparing the corporate plan. A student database for efficient administration and for future planning was initiated recently at the PGIS. The PGIS is planning to expand its activities with the opening of the new building and looking forward for a productive future ahead.