University of Colombo

Journalism Unit

University of Colombo




Prof. Ajantha Hapuarachchi

BA, MA, PhD - Sri Lanka, Post Doctoral - Hydrabad, India in Communication Studies.

Former Co-ordinator

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Dr. Ajantha Hapuarachchi






Current Teaching

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Print Media
  • Advertising & Public Relation
  • Development Communication
  • Media Literacy

Research Interests

  • Development Communication
  • Women and Media
  • World Media Diversification
  • Media And Globalizing World


  • Introduction to Communication - 2010
  • Types of newspapers, (2008). (Tharanga Prakashakayo, Mudungoda).
  • Media Literacy and MacBride Report, (2008). (Senarath Publishing, Sri Lanka).
  • Column, Editorial and Feature, (2006).(Ratna publishers, Colombo).
  • Public Communication and Public Relations, (2005). (Senarath Publishing, Sri Lanka).
  • Stone Dog (Children), (2005). (M.D. Gunasena and Company).
  • Interviews, (2004).(Wijesooriya Grantha Kendraya, Colombo).
  • Articals on Journalism, (2004).(Ratna publishers, Colombo).
  • Printings: Origins and Evolution (Special Reference to Sri Lanka), (2003). (S. Godage publishers, Colombo 10).
  • From Spoken Word to Writing, (2003).(Ratna publishers, Colombo).
  • An Encyclopedia of Knowledge, Co-editor: Volume 1-2 (2002). (S. Godage publishers, Colombo 10).
  • Brahma Dandanaya (Short Story), (2000). (Wijesooriya Grantha Kendraya, Colombo).
    Information Superhighway, (1998).(Author Publication).
  • Glossary of a newspaper, (1996).(Author Publication).



National Contributions

  • Member of the Advisory Board, preparing and introducing the Modules of Syllabus for National Diploma/ Post graduate Diploma in Media Studies and Mass Communication: Media Studies in National Institute of Education. (NIE)  1990- 2000
  • Board Member of syllabus committee: Media Studies in National Institute of Education. (NIE) 1999- 2008
  • Jury Member ofSIGNIS Cinema (OCIC) 1996-2007
  • Board Member of National Media Forum: Reproductive Health in Education Bureau: Ministry of Health. (HEB) 2001-2006
  • Member of Television/ Radio/ Cinema Training Curriculum development board, Ministry of Media and Information.2001
  • Member of National Media Forum: Health Education Bureau: Ministry of Health. (HEB) 2001-2008
  • Member of the selection board of manuscript - National Film Corporation
  • Member of Consultative to renew and develop HEB training curricula in the Ministry of Health. 2002-2004
  • Member of panel of judges to select the best population journalist: Ministry of Health. 2003-2010
  • Member of the Board of Curriculum prepared for Radio Journalist, Secretariat for Co-Coordinating the Peace Process. 2003
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Curriculum for the Diploma in Socio Communication and Media studies, University of Ruhuna.2005
  • Member of the Advisory Board for preparing the act of Media ethics in the ministry of Mass Media and Information. 2006
  • Jury Member – Raigam Tele Awards. 2004 to-date


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