Prof Vini Vitharana passes away


Language, literature, religion and archaeology scholar Prof. Vini Vitharana passed away, yesterday. He was 91.

His remains lie at the Jayaratne funeral parlour. His funeral is scheduled to be held tomorrow at the Borella cemetery at 4.00 pm.

Prof Vitharana has been listed as a notable educator and writer by Marquis Who’s Who.

Vini Vitharana was born on June 2, 1928 in Tangalla, son of Samel Vitharana and Vitharanage Lilavati.

He was educated in University London (Bachelor with honors, University London and Master of Arts, University London, 1959), he completed his Doctor of Philosophy in University of Peradeniya in 1966. He was an assistant teacher Mahinda College, Galle from 1949 to 1953, and S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia from 1954 to 1957. He served as assistant editor Sinhala Encyclopedia, Ministry of Cultural Affairs. From lecturer to associate professor in Sinhala Vidyodaya University for 21 years from 1960 to 1981.

He was professor in Sinhala at the Ruhuna University from 1981-1993 and visiting professor at the Postgraduate Institute Archaeology and Research, Colombo since 1993.

He was the bisiting professor Buddhist and Pali University, Colombo from 1996 to 1997.

He was a visiting professor at Sri Jayewardenepura University since 199 and at Sabaragamuwa University in 1997-1998.

He was the President Panel for Sinhala Literature, Ministry of Cultural Affairs from 1970 to 1977 and Assistant director United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle Project from 1981 to 1985.

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