The Senate is the academic authority of the University and comprises the Vice Chancellor who is the ex-officio Chairman, Deans of the Faculties, Heads of the Departments of Study, permanent Senior Professors and Professors of the University, the Librarian, and two faculty board nominees from each Faculty who are elected by the permanent lecturers of the respective Faculty from themselves. The period of office of an elected member is three years. The Senate in the exercise of its duties has appointed the following Sub Committees:

  1. Appeals Board
  2. Library Committee
  3. Admission Committee
  4. Ceremonials Committee
  5. Research & Publications Committee
  6. Computer Committee
  7. Probationary Study Leave Committee
  8. Inquiring Committee of Examination Malpractices
  9. Disciplinary Committee

Members of the Senate of the UVPA

 Vice-Chancellor (Chairman)

  • Senior Professor (Dr.) Rohana  P Mahaliyanaarachchi

Deans of the Faculties

  • Prof. Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake – Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. K.W.K.M.M.W.I. Ferdinando – Faculty of Dance & Drama
  • Dr. P.K.S.P. Rathnakumara – Faculty of Music
  • Senior Lecturer M.Jagath Raveendra – Faculty of Visual Arts


  • Prof. Karunarathne Bandara

Heads of the Departments

Faculty of the Visual Arts

  • Snr. Lec. K. A. D. Indika – Department of Painting
  • Dr. H.M.S.S. Herath – Department of Multi-media Art
  • Snr. Lec K.T. Jayasekara – Department of Printmaking
  • Snr. Lec. W.A.P.C.S. Wickramaarachchi – Department of Visual Communication & Design
  • Snr. Lec. J.A.S.P. Aravindana  – Department of Multi Disciplinary Design
  • Lec. (prob) Mr. D.A.L.J. Dharmawardhana – Department of Textile and Wearable Arts
  • Lec. J.M.M. Bandara  – Department of Ceramics
  • Lec. K.L.R.A. Dharmarathna  – Department of Sculpture
  • Dr. Vajira Nalinda Jayathilake – Department of History & Theory of Art


Faculty of Dance & Drama

  • Snr.Lec. M.M.I.G.Madurasinghe – Department of Indian & Asian Dance
  • Snr. Lec. S.A.A.D. Yamuna Nishanthi Peris – Department of Kandyan Dance
  • Snr. Lec. J.J. Pushpakumara – Department of Percussion Music
  • Lec. S.P.H.C. Amarasinghe – Department of History and Theory of Dance and Drama
  • Snr. Lec.(Mr) B.A.D.A.S. Kumara  – Department of Low Country Dance
  • Dr. T.C. Dandeniya – Department of Theater, Oriental Ballet and Modern Dance
  • Snr. Lec. K.M.S. Kumarathunga – Department of Sabaragamu Dance


Faculty of Music

  • Snr. Lec. W.A.M. Sandaruwan – Department of Ethno Musicology
  • Snr. Lec. K. Samarakoon – Department of Western Music
  • Lec. W.D.D.R. Wikramarathne – Department of North Indian Music
  • Lec. A.M.H.K. Fernando – Department of South Indian Music
  • Snr. Lec. W.S.I. Upamali – Department of Applied Music and Mass Communication
  • Prof. K.B. Dissanayake – Department of Musicology


  • Prof. Mangala Senanayake- Faculty of Dance & Drama
  • Dr. Shriyani Rajapaksha – Faculty of Dance & Drama
  • Snr. Lec. L. Kumara Liyanawatthe – Faculty of Music
  • Snr. Lec. D. Chanaka Peris – Faculty of Music


  • Librarian – Mr. G.R. Padmasiri