Management and Program Execution

Management and Program Execution

The management of UMCSAWM under the board of management is implemented by the Director/Centre Chairman Professor Lalith Rajapakse. South Asia Foundation from time to time holds evaluations. Other than visits for evaluations at annual board meetings the SAF requests periodic reports regarding the program outputs. Financial management is under the control of the council of the University of Moratuwa and supervised by the South Asia Foundation.


UNESCO ‐ Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Water Management

Professor R. L. H. Lalith RAJAPAKSE
Chairman of the Centre,
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Moratuwa.

University of Moratuwa

Vice Chancellor,
University of Moratuwa.

Professor Udayanga Hemapala
Dean, Faculty of Engineering,
University of Moratuwa.

Professor C. Jayasinghe
Head, Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Moratuwa.

UMCSAWM Board of Management

Professor N. D. GUNAWARDENA Vice-Chancellor, University of Moratuwa, Sri LankaChairman of BoM
Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike KUMARATUNGA Chairperson of SAF-Sri Lanka ChapterCo-Chairman of BoM
Professor R. L. H. Lalith RAJAPAKSE Chairman of the CentreChairman of the Centre
SAF Founder or his representativeMember
SAF Trustee and two outside subject experts
nominated by the SAF Founder
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UoMMember
Head, Department of Civil Engineering, UoMMember
Registrar, UoMSecretary
Bursar, UoMObserver


The UMCSAWM project to date has come a long way in the journey to Education for Sustainable Development of Water Resources. Initiated by a presentation of the postgraduate degree program to the South Asia Foundation

(Sri Lanka Chapter) in 2003 and after numerous evaluations and justifications, the project was approved and commissioned in 2010 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the South Asia Foundation (SAF) and the University of Moratuwa. The presentation to SAF SL chair Late Honourable Lakshman Kadirgamar who was Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister convinced the value of the proposal for regional cooperation. The proposal prepared and presented by the present director Professor Sohan Wijesekera was ably guided by the then Vice Chancellor Professor Dayantha Wijayasekera and then Dean Professor Malik Ranasinghe.

The proposal which had the blessings of the SAF SL and the University of Moratuwa was not only accepted by the South Asia Foundation for Funding Support of US$ 100,000 per annum for five intakes but also was gifted with a US$ 500,000 personal funding support by the Late Shri Madanjeet Singh. At that point in time, Late Shri Madanjeet Singh was the chair of the South Asia Foundation.

The UMCSAWM is indebted to the two visionary leaders, Late Honorable Lakshman Kadirgamar and Late Shri Madanjeet Singh for their recognition of the value of sustainable water resources management education as a vital link to achieving regional cooperation.

Shri Madanjeet Singh

Hon Lakshman Kadirgamar

Professor D. S. Wijeyasekera

Professor Malik Ranasinghe

Professor Ananda Jayawardane

Professor Kapila Perera

Professor Sohan Wijesekera

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Moratuwa, and the South Asia Foundation (SAF), for the establishment of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asia Water Management (UMCSAWM) at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

In October 2010 UMCSAWM project was commissioned by the MoU between the South Asia Foundation and the University of Moratuwa. In order to keep in line with its commitment to be the regional center of excellence in sustainable water resources management, work for the development of the postgraduate degree program, computer facilities for mathematical modelling and construction of the experimental facilities were commenced.

Approval of the University Grants Commission to conduct the Postgraduate Degree program in water resources management was received in June 2012.

Madanjeet Singh Building was inaugurated in 2013 and the first intake of 19 students commenced their studies in August 2013. Presently a fresh MoU has been signed between the SAF Sri Lanka and the University of Moratuwa extending the project life until 2022.