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ZooNet of OUSL is an approved society of staff and students of the Open University of Sri Lanka. It was founded in 2005 and administered by the Department of Zoology. We encourage co-curricular activities through regular guest lectures, educational trips, mini-projects, workshops, etc.  The ZooNet society also gives awards annually, in recognition of academic excellence and other achievements of students.


Here at ZooNet, we believe that when you look deep into nature you will understand everything better and it will have a greater impact someday. Thus, anyone with a love and passion for nature is warmly welcomed to the ZooNet of OUSL.

Look deep into nature then you will understand everything better”

-Albert Einstein-


2. Membership

The advantages of becoming a member are mutual. The ZooNet will turn to you for your contribution to its activities.

Benefits for Members
  • Opportunity to work closer to nature
  • Soft skill development
  • Annual Zoo-Net awards
  • Networking opportunities
  • Training and education
Membership Categories

There are three categories of memberships

A. Membership
a.  Staff member of the OUSL
b.  Professional of good standing, acceptable to the Executive Committee on such terms and conditions as may be specified.

c.   Annual membership for staff members

B.  Students Membership
a.   Registered students of the OUSL are eligible to apply for student membership of the society

C.  Junior Membership
a.  School-going children or relatives of those who have Membership or Student membership of the ZooNet of OUSL are eligible to apply for junior members of the society.

Membership fees

Annual Membership   –    LKR. 250.00
Life Membership         –    LKR. 1500.00
Student Membership  –    LKR. 100.00
Junior Membership    –    LKR. 200.00

Executive Committee 2022/2023
Executive positions                         Name
President                                           Dr. Chanika Jayasinghe
Vice-President                                  Dr. Saminda Fernando
Secretary                                            Dr Subadra Wijesekera
Assistant Secretary
(Staff)                                                  Ms Ruvini Wijithalal
Assistant Secretary (Student)        Ms Samngi Alawattegama
Tressurer                                            Ms Kalpanee Bandaranayake
Assistant Treasurer                          Ms Jayanthi Nanayakara

Committee members
(3 staff)

Mr. P. Jude
Dr Ruwan Illeperuma
Ms Prabashi Atapattu

3 students

Ms Nayomi Chandrasekera (CRC) level 4

Ms Sumedha Sandamali
Ms Asna Imtiaz

Auditor           Ms Nadee Wickranmasinghe

Organizers (6 members)

Ms Nayanathara Thathsarani
Ms Vidyani Kulathunga
Ms Tharangi (MRC)
Ms Luhiru Jayawardena
Ms H.M Sewwandi
Dr Wasana Rodrigo
Mr. Treshan Galappaththy

Ex-co officer
Past President Dr Gihan Dahanayake
Head/Department of Zoology  Dr. Hector Jayawardena



Online Membership Application link – Click here..

Online Membership Application link for ZooNet Juniors –  Click here..

3. Past Event event

a) ” Wildlife in Cities” 

    ZooNet Guest Talk 2022

Living in the city does not mean that you are away from nature.  Did you know that many species of wildlife can survive and even thrive in an urban environment?  Not only does urban wildlife provide enjoyment for people but also maintains biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem. Hence, it is important to conserve and manage wildlife in urban habitats.  This year ZooNet of OUSL will be organizing its activities under the theme “Conservation and Management of Urban Wildlife”. We invite you all to join us as we embark on the journey of understanding the importance of restoring our urban wildlife and the role we can play in conserving these habitats for the future generations to come.

The theme for 2022 ZooNet activities

“Conservation and Management of Urban wildlife”

b) Bird-watching programme 
c) Towards Plastic-Free Sri Lanka

d) Field visits

e) Webinar on Butterflies 


The ZooNet Bursaries shall be awarded effective from the academic year 2021/2022, essentially to support economically disadvantaged students.

Students shall be selected for a bursary based on an application made by them based on need. Applications will be called during the first semester of an academic year. An application form will be provided for this purpose.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Should be registered for at least 8 credits of regular courses at Levels 3 – 6 of the BSc or BSc Honours Degree programmes
  2. Should submit a statement summarizing the financial hardships, any other university bursaries/scholarships received, together with evidence of annual gross family income of the student/family
  3. Should have participated in all the continuous assessments and other compulsory academic activities of the courses s/he has enrolled in, at the time the application is evaluated for a bursary

Following financial support shall be considered:

  • Up to 50% of the tuition fees of courses which the student has registered for during the relevant academic year or Rs. 50,000, whichever is less. The funds will be directly credited to the university towards the payment of student’s tuition fees during the time the second instalment of tuition fee is payable, or,
  • Annual data card/E-learning packages to participate in online learning activities

A committee comprising the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the ZooNet of OUSL, Head/Department of Zoology and one other Zoology academic nominated by the Dept. of Zoology, shall evaluate the applications to decide on the successful applicants, which shall be approved at a meeting of the Department of Zoology.

The ZooNet of OUSL and the Department of Zoology have the right to withdraw or suspend a bursary, if any student is found to have provided false or inaccurate statements or who had failed to disclose relevant facts in his/her application.

A student who has received a bursary once, may apply for a bursary in another academic year.

The number of bursaries awarded each academic year and funds disbursed for each student will depend on the number of applications and availability of funds.

General conditions applicable for both ZooNet scholarships and ZooNet bursaries                          

  • A student who receives a ZooNet scholarship or a ZooNet bursary in one academic year, will be eligible for consideration for an award on a subsequent academic year.
  • No disciplinary action should have been taken against the student.

The ZooNet of OUSL shall amend the scholarship and/or bursary criteria as and when necessary, with the approval of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Download the application form here Application for Zoonet bursary 2021_22

4. Contact information