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Commencement and Plan

In view of the necessity of providing global knowledge in the indigenous language, The Government of Sri Lanka recognized the need of compiling an Encyclopedia in Sinhala and commenced the Sinhala Encyclopedia Project in 1955 as a project to mark the Buddha Jayanthi year 2500.

The first Editor in Chief of the Sinhala Encyclopedia was late Professor D.E. Hettiarachchi, Professor of Sinhala, University of Ceylon. This project had completed fifty years by the year 2005.

As mentioned in its inauguration note, this project had been planned to cover  an extensive range of subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Archaeology, Western literature, Ayurved (Indigenous Medicine), Eastern and Western History, Biography, Arts and Crafts, Law, Commerce etc.

At the inception it was planned to complete the work in 15 Volumes of 750 pages each. In this connection, Encyclopedia Britanica, was used as a model to plan this work.

Although it was so expected in 1955, as large number of new subjects has been added to the present knowledge resources it is obvious that the number of 15 volumes has to be exceeded. It is now expected to complete the Encyclopedia in 20 Volumes.

Volumes already published

Volume Printed Year Headline Chief Editor
1 1963
අ-අයිසොප්‍රින් Prof. D.E. Hettiarachchi
2 1965
අයිසෝරියාව-ආහාර do
3 1967
ආහාර ආරක්ෂණයඉන්දු නිම්න ශිෂ්ටාචාරය do
4 1970
ඉන්දුනීසියාව-උරස්සුචිකාර්ය do
5 1974
උරාර්තු-ඖෂධීය ශාක do
6 1978
ක-කාර්මික විද්‍යාව(තාක්ෂණ වේදය) do
7 කොටස් වශයෙන් 1988 - 1991
කාර්මික විප්ලවය-කෙවෙල්‍යය Dr.Harischandra Wijayatunga
8 1994
කොංකොඩැට්-ඛමේර් ජනපදය Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa
9 1998
ග-ගුවන් සේවා Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa
10 2001
ගුවන් හමුදාව-චහාර් Prof. Mendis Rohanadheera
11 2006
චාඕ කුවාං යිං(තායි ද්සු)- ජේදි
Prof. K.N.O. Dharamadasa
12 2012 ජ-ජාත්‍යන්තර වෙළදාම
Prof. K.N.O. Dharamadasa
13 2014 ජාත්‍යන්තර ශබ්ද ශික්ෂා හෝඩිය - ටර්ක්මෙනිස්ථානය Prof. K.N.O. Dharamadasa

Encyclopedia Staff

Chief Editor

Prof. Kulathilaka Kumarasingha
Devika Priyadarshani Ediriweera
Deputy Editors

K. Indira Perara
Assistant Editors

Jagath Chamila Illeperuma

Rangana Devamitra Serasinghe

Chamari Priyanga Edirisinghe
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:09 )