The PGIA

Peradeniya MBA is administered by the “Centre of Excellence” in higher education in agricultural sciences in Sri Lanka.

The Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) was established in 1975 with the main objective of developing in-country capacity for postgraduate education in agriculture and to provide appropriately trained scientific personnel for a rapidly expanding agricultural sector of Sri Lanka. Over the past three decades it has achieved substantial progress and has emerged as a “Centre of Excellence” in higher education in agricultural sciences in Sri Lanka.

Boards of Study

The PGIA, in terms of the Ordinance No. 9 of 1979, functions as a semi-autonomous unit within the University of Peradeniya. The academic programmes of the Institute are developed and implemented by eleven Boards of Study namely,

  • Agricultural Biology
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Animal Science
  • Bio-Statistics
  • Business Administration
  • Crop Science
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Plant Protection, and
  • Soil Science

Members of the board of study of Business Administration

  • Dr. K.A.S.S. Kodithuwakku (Chairperson)
  • Dr. S. Kumar (Secretary)
  • Dr. L.H.P. Gunaratne
  • Dr. A. Ariyawardena
  • Dr. N. Sanderatne
  • Mr. M. Senenayake
  • Col. Faiz-ur-Rahman

Degree Programmes

The PGIA offers three degree programmes i.e. M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D/DBA. The institute has awarded 40 Ph.D, 261 M.Phil., 1019 M.Sc. and 35 MBA degrees during the last 30 years, with the student intake increasing every year, reaching over 500 in 2007. The research components are carried out in collaboration with other institutes and departments, both Sri Lankan and foreign.

Workshops and training...

Moreover, the PGIA conducts many workshops and training programmes which are extremely popular as they focus mainly on current topics. The facilities of the PGIA are constantly upgraded to cater to the needs of postgraduate education.

Annual Congress

The Annual Congress of the PGIA is a prestigious and unique event at which the students are given the opportunity of presenting their research findings to an audience that includes eminent scientists. It is an event at which even postgraduate students from countries of the region take part.



MBA Programme, University of Peradeniya