>> To develop knowledge in Sri Lanka on contemporary India through programmes of research, teaching, student/staff exchange and other academic activities which are not restricted to the University of Colombo.
>> To develop knowledge on India-Sri Lanka through programmes of research, teaching, student/staff exchange and other academic activities.
>> To provide Sri Lankan students, academics, and public business and foreign policy communities access to information on contemporary India and access to Indian institutions.
>> To develop institutional networks between India and Sri Lanka
>> To develop a library and IT based resource on contemporary Indian studies
>> To provide a forum for guest lectures, seminars, conferences, and other academic events related to contemporary Indian studies
>> To develop a Distinguished Lecture Series
>> To develop a Visiting Scholars and Fellows program.