SLSNet- Newsletter

Volume I (Issue 4) July 2005

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Sri Lanka Studies Network

(Networking for Academic Excellence)



In Search of Excellence

  [ * ] Vision of Indira Samarasekera

SLSNET Newsletter in its April 2005 Issue, recognized the achievements of Dr. Indira Samarasekera, a Sri Lankan born women scientist. Samarasekera’s five year term as the President of the University of Alberta began in July. Read more about her career at retrospective and the vision for the new venture.  


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10th ICSLS Update

Abstact Submission Deadline Extended

10th ICSSL organizers have decided to extend the last date for abstract submission. new date is 31st August 2005. Five panel proposals has been recieved. Regesration will begin on 1st of August 2005.

For more details visit 10th ICSLS Homepage

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Social Sciences in Sri Lanka

[ * ] National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka is in the process of establishing an independent degree granting institution for humanities and social sciences.  National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences will be an independent degree awarding institution  and will work closely with the existing university system in Sri Lanka. The objectives of the center will be to provide human resource development through promoting innovative thinking, high quality research and training. The activities of the center has already been commenced.

Full document is available at the UGC Website:

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Young Researchers’ Corner

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Preparation for Graduate Studies

Securing a placement in good graduate programs require good scores from aptitude tests such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). Universities in English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency through Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Requirements are set by the respective universities.

[ * ] Resources for Potential Test Takers

Details for these tests are available through the following websites.

For Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) :
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

[ * ] Test Preparation Help in Sri Lanka


United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission facilitates test takers by providing reference material. Registration material for GRE/GMAT/TOEFL are available free of charge at the office or may be requested by post. Address of the Fulbright Commission of Sri Lanka

United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission Website:

United States - Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission,
No 7 Flower Terrace (off Flower Road) Colombo 7,
 Sri Lanka
Phone : + 94 11 256 4176, Fax : + 94 11 256 4153


Material for preparation for IELTS is available at the British Council Information Resource Center. 

British Council Sri Lanka Website:

British Council offices are located at ,
49 Alfred House Gardens
(PO Box 753)
Colombo 3


British Council
88/3 Kotugodella Veediya

Full contact details

[ * ] Online Resources

Test Preparation Help from University of California Gateways

Online test preparation for GRE is available trough University of California System. Registration is required. The site includes a vocabulary builder and a system to monitor the progress.

Website Address:

Holmesglen IELTS Preparation Website

Holmesglen Institute of Tafe,  Australia  through its International Program Services offers materials for IELTS preparation. 

Website Address:

[ * ] International Sociological Association: Code of Ethics

The International Sociological Association's (ISA) Code of Ethics was approved in 2001  and consists of a Preamble and four sets of specific Ethical Standards. It recognizes (i) Sociology as a field of scientific study and practice, (ii) outlines research procedures emphasizing sponsors, cost of rewards, and data gathering (iii) publication and communication of data and (iv) identifies extra scientific use of research findings. 

Membership in the ISA commits members to adhere to it. he Code of Ethics is not exhaustive, all-embracing and rigid. The fact that a particular conduct is not addressed specifically by the Code of Ethics does not mean the conduct is necessarily either ethical or unethical. The document will be useful to other social scientists.

Available Online:

[ * ] MentorNet: Resouces for mentoring Relationships in Science

MentorNet is an e-mentoring network that addresses the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and other underrepresented groups. Founded in 1997, MentorNet provides highly motivated protégés from many of the world's top colleges and universities with positive, one-on-one, email-based mentoring relationships with mentors from industry and academia. In addition, the MentorNet Community provides opportunities to connect with others from around the world who are interested in diversifying engineering and science.

Read more at:

[ * ] The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute
Doctoral Program in Economics and Distance Learning Program

Based in Czech Republic, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute offers the program of doctoral studies in theoretical and applied economics, leading to a PhD degree. The program consists of two years of coursework followed by two years of supervised dissertation research. The working language of the institution is English. CERGE-EI encourages its students to conduct part of their dissertation research at partner institutions in Western Europe and North America, as well as to participate in collaborative research projects in other countries.

Doctoral Program Homepage:

The center's Distance Learning Program is a web-based and s aimed at preparing students for formal PhD training. The program is free of charge and will increase the acceptance to CERGE-EI PhD Program or will be provide useful pre-PhD  preparation insights.

DLP Homepage:

[ * ] New Book


Written by experienced academics, journalists and teachers, this book goes on to outline the impact of recent policy developments on the organizational structures, financial arrangements and regulatory environment of the media within which journalism is conducted as well as their consequences for journalism products. It introduces readers to the significant debates within the discipline, by outlining the arguments and positions of key protagonists and by offering summaries and evaluations of academics’ and journalists’ critical assessments of recent developments in journalism studies.

BOB FRANKLIN :Cardiff University
MARTIN HAMER: University of Sheffield
MARK HANNA: University of Sheffield
MARIE KINSEY: University of Sheffield
JOHN E RICHARDSON: University of Sheffield

Available in December 2005
Sage (India): Vistar Imprint
ISBN: 81-7829-635-7

Publisher's Website:

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Resources for Researchers

[ * ] South Asia Fellowship Program : East-West Center, Washington

East-West Center Washington (EWC Washington) aims to further the East-West Center mission of strengthening relations and understanding among the governments and peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. EWC Washington advances this mission and the Center's institutional objective of helping to build a peaceful, prosperous, and just community in the Asia Pacific through substantive programming activities focused on the theme of conflict reduction.

The East-West Center Washington awards up to two fellowships per year for young scholars who wish to undertake research and writing on internal and international conflicts in South Asia. Applicants must be completing or have completed their Ph.D. degrees in the last seven years, be a national of a South Asian country, and presently be residing in the region. The fellowships finance two months of fieldwork in South Asia, and three months of residence in Washington, D.C. In residence, the fellows will complete a monograph to be published by the East-West Center and an article to be published in a peer-reviewed outlet. Fellows will also participate in South Asia related activities in Washington and Honolulu.

Applications are usually called in May and closes on end August for awards for the following year. A research proposal of approximately ten pages (double spaced) is an essential part of the application. The proposal should set out the problem to be investigated, tentative hypothesis and arguments, a review of the relevant literature and the contribution to be made by the research, methodology, a short bibliography listing key works, planned fieldwork, time frame, and proposed product.

Vfor more details visit:

[ * ] Institutions in Sri Lanka Gets JSTOR Access

Journal store House JSTOR acces is nw available in four institutions in Sri Lanka. University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, American Institute of Sri lanka Studies-Colombo Office and Institute of policy Studies of Sri Lanka. JSTOR is an invaluable archive of past issues in leading social science journals. Use of JSTOR is subjected to the agreement between the JSTOR and the participating institutions.

[ * ] ScienceDirect Fulltext Access Available in Sri Lanka

National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka now has access to the ScienceDirect full text database (covering the last 5 years). Researchers in Sri Lanka are welcome make use of this facility at the NSF Library & Resource Centre. Contact the NSF library to know how they can help you.

More details at:

[ * ] UNU-WIDER Jubilee Conference Papers

Papers presented at the Jubilee Conference of the World Institute of Development Economics Research, ‘WIDER, Thinking Ahead: The Future of Development Economics’ held in Helsinki, 17-18 June 2005, are now available on the wider website.

More details at:

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Teaching and Learning Resources

[ * ] Social Capital Gateway

Social capital is generally referred to as the set of trust, institutions, social norms, social networks, and organizations that shape the interactions of actors within a society and are an asset for the individual and collective production of well-being. Social capital can affect the economic performance and the processes of economic growth and development. Social Capital Gateway is a comprehensive collection of web resources for the study of social capital. The site includes reading lists, that are useful for researchers and students in social capital and a section on generic resources on social sciences.


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Organizational Profile

[ * ] Australia South Asia Research Centre: Australian National University

 The Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC) of the Australian National university was established as an initiative of the Division of Economics of the university in 1994. The Centre is dedicated to research on the economics and politics of development in the South Asia region. Center’s activities also include post graduate training, establishing and facilitating networking among academic and government institutions in South Asia and Australian institutions.  Dissemination activities include publishing a series on south Asia within the Economics Division Working Papers. The center’s has a special focus on India-Australia relations.

Visit ASARC Homepage:

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New Publications on Sri Lanka

[ * ]   Impacts of Trade Liberalization and Market Reforms on the Paddy/Rice Sector in Sri Lanka

Jeevika Weerahewa:  University of Peradeniya

Sri Lanka has rich experience in pursuing a variety of strategies to achieve food security. They range from the projectionist policies implemented mainly during 1948 to 1977, to open economic policies implemented since 1977. For the paddy/rice sector, the government continues to restrict rice imports due to fears that rice trade liberalization would have adverse impacts on poverty. On the domestic front, however, paddy procurement, milling and distribution are mainly done by the private sector. The production of paddy is mainly carried out by small farmers and, on an average, resource-use is found to be inefficient. While some researchers believe that the paddy-rice marketing system is competitive, many consider that it is characterized by a group of oligopolistic buyers. Finally, on the consumption side, the demand for rice, the staple food, is found to be price and income inelastic.

International food Policy Research institute
Discussion Paper No. 70 
May 2004

Executive summary:

Full Paper (PDF format) :

[ * ]   Complementarity of Trade and FDI Liberalization in Industrial Growth: Lessons from Sri Lanka

Prema-Chandra Athukorala: Australian National University  and
Sisira Jayasuriya : La Trobe University

This paper examines industrialisation experience in Sri Lanka following the market-oriented policy reforms initiated in 1977, with emphasis on the complementarity of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) policies in shaping the reform outcome. It is found that the reforms helped to transform a primary product exporting economy into one in which manufactures dominate exports. Improved performance of domestic manufacturing through greater export orientation saw improvement in output and total factor  Productivity growth, and employment generation. The Sri Lankan experience highlights the complementary role of investment liberalisation for exploiting the potential gains from trade liberalisation. This industrialisation outcome is particularly impressive given that it occurred during a period of persistent civil strife and macroeconomic instability.

Australia South Asia Research Centre: Australian National University Working Paper 2004-10

Full Paper (PDF format) :

[ * ]   Economic Roots of Political Conflict: The Case of Sri Lanka

Sirimal Abeyratne: University of Colombo

Escalation of political conflict in many developing countries and their impact on economic development has been a topical issue in recent development literature. The overwhelming emphasis on ‘ethnic conflicts’ in this literature has, however, precluded looking at political conflict in the wider context of the development process, going beyond the ethnic dimension. In particular, because of the preoccupation with the ethnic roots as the prime source of these conflicts, reverse causation running from economic policy to political conflict has been virtually ignored in the debate. The purpose of this paper is to redress this gap through an in-depth case study of the ‘twin political conflict’ in Sri Lanka¾the Tamil separatist war in the North and the Sinhala youth uprising in the South¾with emphasis on its economic roots. The findings suggest that fundamental contradictions in the national development policy throughout the post independence era were in the heart of the country’s twin political conflict.

Australia South Asia Research Centre: Australian National University Working Paper
Full Paper (PDF format) :

[ * ]   Sri Lanka Society in an Era of Globalization: Struggling to Create a New Social Order

S.H Hasbullah:  University of Peradeniya
Barrie M Morrison : University of British Columbia  (Editors)

The book recognizes causes for existing failure of governing arrangements, skewed distribution of economic benefits, and an exploitation of cultural traditions to divide people and argue that the time is now ripe for the people of Sri Lanka to consciously take up the task of building a new society.  It further identifies non-availability of a readymade model to solve the problem. The volume explores three elements which are crucial to the process of social reconstruction: a realistic analysis of novel problems, a search for guiding principles and a testing of procedures. The book has chapter organized into four sections as, the challenges of societal reorganization; tensions of class, caste; group rights and individual freedoms; a struggle to build a better life, a better society; and building a better society problems with weakened capacity.


July 2004
Sage India (Imprint)
ISBN: 0761932216

Publisher's Website:

[ * ]   Blowback: Linguistic Nationalism, Institutional Decay, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Neil DeVotta, Hartwick College

The book argues that the Sinhalese linguistic nationalism led to the Tamils’ mobilizing, first politically then militarily, and by the mid-1970s demanded for creating a separate state.

Author Neil Devotta is assistant professor of political science, Hartwick College, New York, USA.

Stanford University Press
ISBN 080474923X cloth
ISBN 0804749248 paper

Publishers website:

[ * ]   Economic Policy in Sri Lanka

Saman Kelegama: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (Editor)

This comprehensive volume discusses the evolution of Sri Lanka’s economic policies from 1977 onwards, the ideology governing this evolution, the debates on policy, and the key economic issues confronting contemporary Sri Lanka. The book covers all segments of Sri Lanka’s economy. This edited volume is a felicitation Gamini Corea, leading Sri Lankan economist.

The book begins with an introduction on issues and the debates on economic policy of Sri Lanka. It is followed by four sections devoted to, development strategy and ideology, macroeconomic policy, agriculture, industry and technology development and employment and labor. The last two sections deals with institutional and governance issues and social welfare.


September 2004
New Delhi: Sage India
ISBN: 076193278X

Publisher's Website:

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