Management and Execution

At UMCSAWM (UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Water Management), our commitment to efficient water resource management in South Asia is upheld by three fundamental pillars: Pioneering Research, Cutting Edge Technology and knowledge Dissemination, and Industry-oriented Capacity Building. The success of these pillars is dependent on a well-organized management and execution system, which is vital to achieving our goals. UMCSAWM’s administrative structure is a harmonious collaboration between the University Administration, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, UMCSAWM Board of Management (BoM), and various other stakeholder organizations. Our integrated approach ensures a holistic, sustainable, and impactful strategy in the field of water resource management. The Administrative Forerunners of UMCSAWM, who play a pivotal role in its success, are a dedicated team of professionals, researchers, and experts who steer the centre’s initiatives. These individuals possess a profound commitment to making a difference in the realm of water resource management, utilizing their expertise to address South Asia’s water challenges effectively. Under the guidance and leadership of these Administrative Forerunners, UMCSAWM remains committed to advancing research, embracing technological advancements, and facilitating the dissemination of knowledge to create a future where water resources in South Asia are managed efficiently and sustainably. Together, we work tirelessly to make a positive impact on the region’s water security, and we invite you to be a part of this transformative journey.


Administrative Forerunners

Prof R. L. H. L. Rajapakse

Chairman of the Centre​ - UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Water Management

Snr. Prof. N. D. Gunawardena

Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa

Prof. K. T. M. U Hemapala

Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa

Snr. Prof. (Mrs) C. Jayasinghe

Head, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa

Memorandum of Understanding

The University of Moratuwa and the South Asia Foundation (SAF) established the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asia Water Management (UMCSAWM) at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The UMCSAWM project was commissioned in October 2010 through the MoU between the South Asia Foundation and the University of Moratuwa. The project aimed to be a regional center of excellence in sustainable water resources management, and work commenced to develop the postgraduate degree program, computer facilities for mathematical modeling, and experimental facilities.

In June 2012, the University Grants Commission approved the Postgraduate Degree program in water resources management. The Madanjeet Singh Building was inaugurated in 2013, and the first intake of 19 students began their studies in August of that year.
A fresh MoU has been signed between SAF Sri Lanka and the University of Moratuwa, extending the project life until 2024.


At UMCSAWM, we strongly believe in the power of partnerships. Our collaboration with SAF trustees as donors has been a game-changer for our Sustainable Water Resources Management Project. With their unwavering support, we’ve been able to address any challenges and make necessary improvements through their valuable feedback and periodic evaluations. Recently, SAF’s governing council meeting was held in Colombo, and we were honored to host their visit to UMCSAWM. Their positive remarks regarding the achievements of our graduates have been an incredible morale booster for our team. We’re grateful for their confidence and look forward to continued success through our partnerships.