The University of Jaffna was founded in 1974 as the Jaffna Campus of the University of Sri Lanka. The Jaffna Campus was started with only two faculties, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities. Within two years it was upgraded to University. Since then it has played a major role in promoting educational and cultural values of people in this region. The University of Jaffna is committed to the search for truth in a diverse field of subjects, as emphasized in its motto “Discernment is Wisdom”. There are seven Faculties in the University of Jaffna and two in the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna.

The present undergraduate student population is around 8000 and the postgraduate student population is around 855. The population comprises all three ethnic groups Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. The University receives the services of nearly 388 academic staff and 804 non-academic staff. Annual average allocation from Government to the University is around 600 million Sri lankan rupees. In addition to this Indian government is giving a two year grant of Rs 200 million for Faculty of Engineering and Rs 260 million for Faculty of Agriculture, totalling to approx. 8 million USD. University is not charging any fee from students

University of Jaffna has produced around 26,000 graduates and 3800 post graduates including PhD, M.Phil, M.A, M.Ed., and post graduate diploma in various fields.

Engineering Faculty is functioning with Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Department of Computer Engineering and Department of Inter-disciplinary Studies.

Project related courses offered:

  • Water Resource Management
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • Water Demand Management and Social Adaptive Capacity
  • River Basing Planning Management
  • Economics of Water Resources Project Planning
  • Mini Hydro Power Generation in Water Resource Projects
  • Water Conflict Resolution
  • Climate Change Resilience and Water Resource Development
  • Water Quality and Treatment


Coordinator – WaterH Project / University of Jaffna
Dr. (Eng.) Balachandran Ketheesan,

Secretary– WaterH Project / University of Jaffna
Eng.  Saliya Sampath,


Dr. (Eng.) S. S. Sivakumar,

Eng. Miss Thakshajini Logeswaran,

Prof. Sivashanthini Kuganathan,

Miss Nimalka Sanjeewani, nimalka.sanjeewani

Project participants

Dr. (Eng). B. Ketheesan
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

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  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (NMSU, USA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, (NMSU, USA)

Research interests:

  • Microalgae biofuel production
  • Anaerobic digestion and biohydrogen production
  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactors
  • Metal bioavailability in anaerobic systems
  • Mathematical modelling of environmental bioprocesses
  • Waste to energy


Eng. D. Saliya Sampath
Lecturer in Civil Engineering

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  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Associate member of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

Research interests:

  • Climate Change
  • Hydrological Modeling in Ungauged Basin
  • Modeling of Water Distribution
  • River Flow Computation
  • Ancient Irrigation Technology/Engineering Technology in Sri Lanka
  • GIS and Remote Sensing


Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

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  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Master of Science IIT, Roorkee,
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Moratuwa
  • Fellow, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Chartered Engineer

Research interests:

  • Water resource utility of Northern river basins
  • Ground water development of Jaffna peninsula
  • Project Management in post conflict scenario
  • Environmental concerns and social responsibility


Eng. Miss Thakshajini Logeswaran
Lecturer in Civil Engineering


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Research interests:

  • Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
  • Package Water Treatment Plants
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Solid waste management systems design in urban areas
  • Surge Analysis of Water Transmission Systems
  • Water Quality Modelling
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Membrane technologies


Prof. Sivashanthini Kuganathan
Professor and Head


Professional Bio

Sivashanthini Kuganathan is a Professor in Fisheries attached to Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna. She obtained her B.Sc (Hons.) degree in Zoology, at University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1991. She had been appointed as a Probationary Lecturer in Zoology, University of Jaffna in 1992. Immediately after her appointment she got ODASS scholarship and did her Masters in University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK from 1993 – 1994. On her return she had been appointed as a confirmed Lecturer in Zoology. She did her PhD at CAS in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, India from 2001 to 2004, promoted as a Senior Lecturer in 2005 and later as an associate Professor in 2009. Since 2009 she had been appointed as the Head of the Department for Department of Fisheries, University of Jaffna. Became a Professor in Fisheries in 2014 and continued as a Head of the Department of Fisheries to date. She attended various training programmes in India, South Korea, Portugal, Spain and Norway. She is having 25 years research experience in the fields of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Water related studies. She handled many research projects sanctioned by National Research Council, National Science Foundation, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Jaffna University. She supervised the research projects of many undergraduate and post graduate students. Her research field of interests are water pollution, water treatment technology, water quality, water biology and aqua culture.

Research Interests

  • Mapping of water bodies
  • Water pollution
  • Water treatment technology
  • Water quality
  • Algal growth mitigation in reservoir water
  • Aqua culture
  • Bio resource management


Miss Nimalka Sanjeewani
Lecturer (Prob)
Department of Bio Science , Faculty of Applied Science


Professional Bio

I attached to the Department of Bio Science , Faculty of Applied Science,Vavuniya Campus of University of Jaffna since 2015. I was graduated from Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka in Environmental Science and Natural resource management in year 2010 . further, I  obtained a postgraduate diploma in Oxford University, UK in 2016. I worked at Ministry of Environment from 2012 to 2015 under the policy and planning division. I had research experince on Biodiversity over 9 years  and recently I focus on drinking water treatment by using biological materials.

Research interests:

  • Biodiversity & Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Human- wildlife Conflict Management
  • Drinking water treatment by plants

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