History and Overview
The Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management (FAPM) was established in 1st October 1999, when the Wayamba Campus of the Rajarata University was elevated as the thirteenth national University of Sri Lanka as the Wayamba University. Then Faculty of Agricultural Sciences originally belonged to the Wayamba Campus evolved as the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management and established on 25 acres of land at the former In-service Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture, at Makandura, in a rural agricultural setting bordering Negombo-Kurunegala (B 308) road.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management offers the B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree programme which is of four years duration. The current intake of students for this programme is 150. From 2014, a revised curriculum of the B.Sc. (Agriculture) is adopted to accommodate the new developments in the job market and students have the option of selecting seven specialized areas in four departments: Plantation Management, Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, Agribusiness Management and Biotechnology. The research project and the in-plant training, each of one- semester duration included in the curriculum provide an advantageous position for the graduates in the job market. The faculty also offers an external degree programme of three years duration i.e. B.Sc. (Plantation Management). This is a unique programme designed to fulfill the needs of the professionals in the plantation sector.
The annual Agricultural Research Symposium (AGRES) of the faculty has gained wider acceptance by the scientific community and it provides an opportunity for final year students to present, discuss and debate the outcomes of their research projects. Students are also benefitted by publishing research articles in the proceedings of this symposium.
The well qualified teaching panel of the faculty numbering thirty four at present engages in various outreach activities and collaborative research with government and private institutes. One of these continuous collaborative researches by the faculty and Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation was able to release eight new high yielding cashew varieties.
Through the Quality Innovative Grant (QIG), the faculty has seen an immense development of its infrastructure including the recent addition of two state-of-the-art laboratories, lecture halls and modern laboratory equipment perfect for students’ use.The Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management during more than a decade of national service from 1999 has clearly expanded its contribution in training innovative and skilled graduates capable in agriculture to fulfill the national and global needs.
Dr. D.C. Abeysinghe,
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
Vision of the Faculty:
Achieve excellence in agricultural education, research, technology, and training for developing human resources to meet regional, national and global needs.
Mission of the Faculty:
Develop innovative, skilled, trained manpower and their capabilities in Agriculture to fulfill national and global needs through undergraduate and postgraduate education, research, and outreach programmes.