he Department of Buddhist Sources offers postgraduate courses to students who wish to undertake higher studies and research in Buddhist sources. Currently the following one-year taught courses are offered by the department: Postgraduate Certificate Course in Pali, Postgraduate Diploma in Pali, and Master of Arts in Pali.  Additionally, students can enroll for M. Phil and PhD degrees by research on Sources of Buddhism preserved in Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Chinese, and Tibetan languages.

Head of Department


Professor Deshapriya Gunasena 

B.A. Special, MA, PhD (SJP); Dip. in Ed. (CMB); Prachina Pandita, Grantha Visarada (O.S.S. Sri Lanka)



Senior Lecturer

Dr Asoka Welithota

Dr. Ashoka Welitota 

B.A. Special (PDN); MA, PhD (HKU)