Founder Director

Dr. Sandagomi CoperahewaProfessor Sandagomi Coperahewa

BA (Colombo), MA (Lancaster), MPhil (Peradeniya), PhD (Cambridge)

Sandagomi Coperahewa is a Professor of  Sinhala at the University of Colombo. He holds a PhD in South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. A sociolinguist by profession, Prof. Coperahewa has shown a keen interest in the issues related to language, society and politics in South Asia.  Apart from his main research areas, Prof. Coperahewa has actively engaged in various research and other collaborative projects related to contemporary Indian studies.  He edited a collection of essays titled Remembering Rabindranath Tagore -150th Birth Anniversary Commemoration Volume in 2011, Volume titled One Hundred Years of Gitanjali in 2015 and Volume titled Anagarika Dharmapala and India – Sri Lanka Relations in 2016

He was appointed as the Founder Director | CCIS in Nov. 2011 for a period of two years and he had the task of setting up the Centre as also its facilities. In 2015 he was re-appointed for another term as the Director | CCIS.

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passport size scanned photoMs. Chathurika Karunanayake


Ms. Chathurika Karunanayake is a graduate of University of Sri Jayawardenapura. She is currently serving as the Secretary of the CCIS.

Office Assistant

Mr. M.V. Premarathna

Mr. Premarathna joined the CCIS in August 2012 as the Office Assistant and contributes to the day today work.