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The first meeting of the CCIS for the UOC academics who have studied in Indian Universities was held on the 1st August 2014 at 10.00 am in the CCIS Meeting Room. The objective of the meeting was to provide an intellectual forum for UOC academic staff in their future work in the field of contemporary Indian studies.

Eleven academics from the Institute of Indigenous Medicine were present at the meeting, while the Faculty of Management and Finance and the Department of Sociology was represented by two academics each. The First Secretary (Press and Information) Ms. Esha Srivastava of the Indian High Commission of Sri Lanka was also among the present.

The meeting commenced with the Actg. Director of the CCIS, Dr. Sandagomi Coperahewa giving a vivid picture on the mandate of the CCIS and the work that it has been doing during the last two years. It set the floor for the academics to discuss about future collaborations with the Centre.

It was decided in the meeting that the CCIS should expand its library with more books in the field of Indigenous Medicine. The academics expressed their willingness in recommending the books in demand for the CCIS to include them to the library. Thus, it was decided that the CCIS collaboratively with the Indian High Commission would provide briefing sessions for the Sri Lankan scholars who will be going to India for their higher studies.  Conducting collaborative research work and monthly forums which are of benefit to different disciplines were also among the matters discussed.

Moreover, Centre taking the initiative to develop an exchange program where both Indian and Sri Lankan Scholars would get an opportunity to serve in the particular country was also a matter emphasized by the academics.

The Centre considers it as a honor to have a very high representation from variety of disciplines and would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who were present on that day.