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The report  "Preserving the Heritage of Tämpita Vihāras" prepared by the Samkathana Research Centre (SRC) thereafter to be handed to the custodians of the temples, the relevant ministries and Department of Archeology and the Sri Lanka Police

Objective

Lobby with stake holders that this unique heritage will not vanish over the next decades.

Issues addressed / raised:

  • The Department of Archaeology is held responsible for maintaining the site, because the TPV is a protected monument. As there are new image houses for ritual practice and lamps may damage murals, the TPV are locked up, not even cleaned and aired regularly.
  • The monks are not totally informed how they can contribute to the up keepment of the TPV.
  • No proper security is provided to the temple. Most temples are faces with the similar threats that organized gangs break in and damage images and steal statues and artifacts. Pointing fingers in a triangle, Dept. of Archaeology, custodians and the Police has not been able to stop the damage.
  • The duties of the Dept. of Archaeology at times even impend the use of rutual space, for which it was built.
  • In the past, custodians have made modifications, that change the structure and styles of murals inside the TPV.

Action planed:

  • By the PGIAR (Prof. Jagath)

    To introduce a certificate course on monument preservation and heritage management at the PGIAR, so that they will be able to attend to the basic requirements and day to day management, to facilitate that the ritual space is used by devotees as planned earlier.

    This may also bring the monks and the archeologists and architects to understand mutual  agendas better in future.

    As this may take months, to get approval, an academic from the PGIAR to address, an initial meeting of about 20 monks at regional meetings or to meet Prof. Jagath for a work shop at the PGIAR in early January 2016.

    Hostel facilities have been promised by Ven...These monks can then organize a net work among Dham Pasalas to create an awareness on the TPV that are closed up.

  • By the Action Committee in Kurunegala at the Kolambagama Rajamaha Viharaya

    Arrange networks through regular regional meetings beginning in December 2015 in Kolambagama.

    These meetings will map the temples with immediate issues and channel them through the Samkathana Research Centre (SRC)  to the Dept. of Archaeology.

    Invite the regional officers of the Dept. of Archeology  and the Grama Niladhari , interested school principals and the relevant Superintendent of Police, members of the Dayaka Sabhas for these meetings.The SRC will convean these meetings.

  • By the SRC (Samkathana Research Centre)

    Facilitate points 1 and 2.

    The ASPs of the Sri Lanka Police were not present for the meeting, but have expressed their commitment. They will have to help the custodians to get a transcript of the statement given by them to the police, when damages were made to the TPV. The SRC will file them for further reference and future analysis.

    Establish a line of action in case further threats occur, that is above the local police, with telephone numbers of higher police officers. This can be printed on the litha, that the SRC is planning.

    Inform the custodians of these channels and ensure that not only the custodians, but a large network, of Mahanayakas, Adhikarana Nayakas, heads of Pirivenas senior officers, academics, architects and archeologists and the President of Sri Lanka is committed to preserve the heritage of TPV.




HETC Symposium 2014 under the theme “National Development through Research and Innovation” co-hosted by the HRD (Long term) and the QIG (Window 3)

Components of the HETC project conducted from 7th to 8th July 2014 in Colombo.

The following PhD and Mphil Researchers presented the data on Discourse Communities they are studying currently.

  • Dynamic Spelling Strategy – Neuro Linguistic Approach in Education and Slow Learners: Dias S.Y.
  • The influence of Assistive Technology in Second Language Acquisition in Children with visual impairment: Pushparajah V
  • Garment as a Metaphor of Politics: Representation of Colonial Outfits in Buddhist Art (A.D. 1750-1900): Jayathilaka J.A.V.N.
  • English language Usage in the Educational Sector of Jaffna Peninsula after 2009: A descriptive Analysis: Sivaji K.
  • Variations in Dialect and Usage of Specific Vocabulary among Different Castes in the Jaffna Peninsula: Arunakirinathan T.
  • A study of the Language used by the Kaffir community of Sri Lanka. (Living in Puttalam and Trincomalee): Kulasekara N.K.

For the relevant abstracts and Power Point presentations please refer to: Publications on the web Site.