Message from the Co-Chairs

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is the largest national university in terms of student population. Annually it produces a large number of graduates and its academics are specialized in diverse disciplines. Most undergraduates, graduates and academics of the university have innovative ideas which can be utilized for the development process of Sri Lanka. This, in turn, may reduce the unemployment problem in the country as well. These entrepreneurial ideas demonstrate a great potential to create a high impact on the society provided that they gain both logistic and financial support. Yet, the university students lack the ability to market themselves, their ideas and gain the required financial support. Having identified these challenges faced by the university students, the University Strategic Plan (2017-2021) has taken initiatives to address some of these concerns and develop innovation and creative work of the students through its most important strategic goal, which is Research & Development where research, publications, public engagement, creativity and innovation of the students are supported. The vision of the Innovation, Invention and Venture Creation Council (IIVCC) of the University is to promote invention, innovation and other creative works while safeguarding the Intellectual Property Rights and commercial aspects, commercialization and venture creation. Without excellent research there will be no innovations; if excellent research findings do not culminate as positive, productive, diverse and practical outcomes, there will be no future for research. Consequently, there will be no development.

Professor Shirantha Heenkenda
Co-Chairperson


The Innovation, Invention and Venture Creation Council (IIVCC) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura was originated in 2018 in order to promote invention, innovation and other creative works while safeguarding the Intellectual Property Rights towards commercialization. This organization provides opportunities for the undergraduates, graduates and academics of the University not only to showcase their creative ideas and innovations but also to promote the novel technologies to the cooperate world. The multidisciplinary approach of the eight Faculties of the University enables diversification of the novelties produced, and IIVCC is the platform to provide with logistics, advice and/or financial support for innovators to move forward. The IIVCC takes pride in the commitment made to its first voyage “Innovate Sri Lanka” Exhibition held in 2019, providing many opportunities for the innovators for commercializing their products and technologies. Together with the joint partnerships with both industries and Government authorities, the IIVCC continues its journey for the betterment of USJ and the nation.

Professor Nilmini Liyanage
Co-Chairperson