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Prof. T.Thanaraj


Faculty of Humanities & Sciences | School of Education

Career Summary

  •   Professor in Education ( Since December 2019  todate)      School of Education, Faculty of Humanities & SciencesSri Lanka Institute of Information & Technology (SLIIT)Malabe
  •   Dean/Faculty of Education ( 2015  to 2018)              Horizon Campus, Malabe
  •  Consultant/Literacy( 2013- 2014 ) Room to Read, Colombo    
  •   Professor in Education (2012- 2013) The Open University of Sri Lanka      
  • Senior Lecturer Gr II (2007-2012)The Open University of Sri Lanka
  •   Education & Training Consultant (2005-2007)         Distance Education Modernization Project (DEMP) funded by Asian Development Bank  and implemented by the Ministry of  Higher Education  
  •   Director (2003-2005) National Institute of Education /Tamil Unit  
  •   Chief Project Officer ( 2000-2003)     National Institute of Education /Centre for Education Management, Meepe
  •    Project Officer (1994-1995)Ministry of Education/ Primary Schools Development Project         
  •    Teacher (1985-1993)  Maldives/ Sulatanate of Oman          
  •     Principal(1980-1985) K/Galaha Maha Vidyalaya,Galaha     
  •     Teacher (1968-1980)  Government schools in Sri Lanka


 MBA (2002)-Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura

M.Ed. (1996)   -Open University of Sri Lanka (with Research component)

 B.A (1977)-University of Sri Lanka

 Diploma  in Educational Management (1984)-National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi

Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Merit) (1983)-University of Colombo

English Trained Teacher’s Certificate (1976)- Ministry of Education

General Trained Teachers Certificate (1972)-Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka


   Achievement Awards – Central Province Ministry of Education for professional contribution in the field of education- 2005


Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

Education Management, Teacher Education, Education of the Disadvantaged,Comparative Education,Action Research


 National Level Committees/Organizations

  •   Member – National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET) 2016
  •    Member – Think-Tank Committee of the Ministry of  Estate Infrastructure and New Villages Development – 2015
  •  Member - National Education Commission’s Sub – Committee on the Formulation of the New Education Act – 2010
  •   Member – Advisory Council of the Ministry of Community Development & Eradication of Social Inequity - 2005 
  •  Member – National Tamil Glossary Committee -2005

 Professional Organizations

  •  Council Member – Sri Lanka Association for Advancement in Education (SLAAEd)
  •   Council Member – Sri Lanka Institute for Training and Development (SLITAD)
  •    Member – Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
  •   Member-Professional Association of Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM)Alumni
  •    Asst.Secretary– Prof. J.E. Jayasuriya Memorial Foundation 

Other Memberships

  •   Member of Editorial Board, Education Plus, A peer-reviewed Journal published in New Delhi
  •   Member of Advisory Board Pulamai – Quarterly Education Journal
  •   Member of Advisory Board Ahavili – Monthly Education Magazine
  •    Member of Advisory Board Aasiriyam – Monthly Education Magazine
  •   Member of Advisory Board Kalvikkalam – Monthly Education Magazine
  •   Member – Late R.Sivalingam Memorial Committee
  •   Member – Advisory Board of the Foundation for Co–Existence
  •  Member – Academic Board, Colombo Tamil Society
  •  Member- Good Hope Education Fund

Ongoing Research

Third Party Validation (TPV) of achievements of activities/programmes related to Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) in Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development Operation (AHEAD)-World Bank Funded Project (2019)

My Publications

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