Our history

The Postgraduate Institute of English (PGIE) was established at the Open University of Sri Lanka by the University Grants Commission under the Universities Act No 16 of 1978. The establishment of this institution by the UGC underscored the importance of English as a language of academic and national importance. The PGIE was, in fact, set up as a result of far-reaching reforms that sought to improve the quality and scope of English education in the country. One of the major thrusts of these reforms was the strengthening of English language teaching and learning so that educational and employment opportunities could be extended among all levels of Sri Lankan society, and also a recognition of the fact that neglect of English and English teaching over two decades since the 1960s had led to impoverishment across all branches of learning. This neglect had affected university and tertiary level students in particular, and thus impinged on the development of the country as a whole. In 2004 therefore, the Standing Committee on English, a committee that included Heads of university English Units, proposed that an institution should be set up to enhance the development of English teachers and to be, among other things, national centre of excellence for training and professionalism in English Teaching.

The PGIE was therefore established in December 2005 at the Open University of Sri Lanka, to take advantage of the mode of Distance Education that this university practised. It was felt that using Distance Education techniques would permit the institution to reach out to teachers across the island in a manner that was not possible through conventional means. In 2006, Professor Ryhana Raheem, Professor of English at the Open University was appointed founder Director of the PGIE.

The PGIE today

Currently we conduct four MA and PG.Dip programmes at the PGIE:

The PGIE also entertains applications for research degrees (Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy) throughout the year.

We also conduct a variety of courses in English as continuing professional education, and workshops and short courses related to English and the teaching of English, including:

• Academic Writing and Research Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences

• Qualitative Data Analysis

• Teaching GCE Advanced Level Literature

• Teaching GCE Ordinary Level Literature

• Testing and Evaluation in ELT

More details on these programmes and short courses are available in the ‘Programmes’ section.

Prof. H.S Rambukwella Chair, Director/PGIE
Mr. K. R. Uduwawala Additional Secretary (NSHE), Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply & Higher Education
Dr. N.K. Abeysekara Head/Department of Language Studies, OUSL
Prof. L.R. Jayasekera Senior Professor, Dept. of Botany, University of Kelaniya
Snr. Prof. Neloufer de Mel Senior Professor in English (Chair), University of Colombo
Prof. J. Manatunga Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa
Prof. Neluka Silva Dept. of English, University of Colombo
Dr. M. Lalith Ananda Former Head, Dept. of English, Uni. of Sri Jayewardenepura
Ms. P. Nagasundaram Former Head, Dept. of English, Uni. of Sri Jayewardenepura
Prof. C.E. Gunaratne Head/ Dept. of Legal Studies, OUSL
Dr. H. Ratwatte Senior Lecturer/Department of Language Studies, OUSL Member- BOS/ TLSC
Dr. S.M. Herath Senior Lecturer/PGIE, Member- BOS/ TESL

Board of Study for Teaching Literature

Prof. H.S. Rambukwella Director/PGIE
Dr. H.V.M. Ratwatte Former Director/PGIE , Senior Lecturer/LSD/OUSL
Prof. Maithree Wickremasinghe Prof. in English/Dept. of English,University of Kelaniya
Dr. D. Devendra Senior Lecturer/Dept. of Language Studies, OUSL
Dr. V.V. Medawattegedera Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Language Studies, OUSL
Dr. K.C.P. Warnapala Senior Lecturer/Dept. of English & Linguistics,University of Jayewardenepura
Ms. R. Amarasekera Deputy Librarian/OUSL
Dr. S. Wijewardene Head/Dept. of English, University of Colombo
Dr. H.D. Wijesekera Senior Lecturer/PGIE
Dr. S. Herath Senior Lecturer/PGIE
Mrs. M.I. Jansz Lecturer/PGIE

Board of Study for Teaching English as a Second Language

Prof. H.S. Rambukwella Director/PGIE
Ms. R. Amarasekera Deputy Librarian/OUSL
Dr. D. Devendra Senior Lecturer/Dept. of Language Studies, OUSL
Dr. K.R.M. de Silva Senior Lecturer/Dept. of Language Studies, OUSL
Ms. L. K. Cumaranatunge Visiting Academic/MA in TESL
Ms. P. Nagasundaram Visiting Academic/MA in TESL
Dr. Romola Rasool Senior Lecturer, Dept. of English Language Teaching, University of Kelaniya
Dr. H.D. Wijesekera Senior Lecturer/PGIE
Dr. S. Herath Senior Lecturer/PGIE
Mrs. M.I. Jansz Lecturer/PGIE
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