Honorary Doctorate for Jagath Gunawardana
Senior environmentalist Jagath Gunawardana was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Based on the approval of the University Senate and the Council, the award was conferred on 20 November 2020 by Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage, Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, in the presence of K.G. Britto, Registrar, Prof. Laleen Karunanayake, Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences and Prof. Hiran Amarasekera, Professor in Department of Forestry and Environmental Science and Director, Digital Media and Communication of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Vice Chancellor Liyanage said that even though the 46th convocation ceremony was not held as planned, due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, the council of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has decided that the effective date of his honorary doctorate will be 2 November 2020.
As a veteran on domestic environmental law and an environmental educator, Gunawardana has contributed immensely to the conservation of the flora and fauna in Sri Lanka by providing legal expertise and facilitating national conservation efforts. As a passionate ornithologist he is interested in bird-watching and observation sketching.