Prof. Mapa Thilakarathna

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Experience in Administration in the University

  • Former Head of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Kelaniya.
  • Former Director of the Media Unit, University of Kelaniya.
  • Academic Advisor Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Co - controller in communication and media studies for advanced level examination in the department of examinations, Sri Lanka.

Experience in Other Institutions

  • Advisory committee member Rangiri Sri Lanka Media Network.
  • Visiting Lecturer in Police Academy, Katana and Police College, Kalutara

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD in the department of communication studies, faculty of Science,University of Pune, India
  • MA, BA in Mass Communication, University of Kelaniya.

Experience in Mass Media

  • Worked as a member of “Sanniwedan Samiksha” documentary program at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Lecturing communication and media studies lecture series in Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.
  • Resource Person in the program of Development Communication in Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Experience in Research Field

  • Research in listening radio, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, 1979
  • Research in the Tools of Public Relation in Sri Lanka, 1995
  • Research in listening radio, Mahaveli Community Radio, 1982
  • Research in viewer’s response in television, 1995
  • Research in traditional communications of Sri Lanka, 1997
  • Research in development communication and customer’s behavior, 2000
  • Research in introducing development communication model to the of North Western province Sri Lanka, 2002
  • Health Communication and Rural Development, North Western province Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Health Communication and Rural Community, North Western province Sri Lanka,2017

Countries Visited for International Conferences

  • India, Indonesia, Australia

Countries Visited for Research and Academic Purposes

  • Australia, Austria, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand Vietnam, Indonesia,

Key Note Speaking in International Conferences

  • GRDS International Conference in Social Sciences and Humanities in Sri Lanka October 2018.
  • Co – Editor of Sanskruthika Puranaya” 1st Volume – 7th Volume, Central Cultural Fund, Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
  • Co – Editor of “Madya Wimarshi ” series
  • Co – Editor of “Sanniwedakaya” 1st Volume – 5th Volume,
  • Author of the book Public Relations”
  • Co – Editor of “Sanniwedana”academic Journal.


  • “How to develop the taste of the audience”  Divaina News Paper 1992
  • “The Communication Ideology of Paranavithana’s on Historical Arts” , Sanacrutika Puranaya 1992
  • “Non Verbal Communication” , Madya Wimarshi II, 1992
  • “Development Communication”, Sanniwedakaya, 1997
  • “The effect on the society by Media” Bauddaloka Academic Journal, 1998
  • “Development and Development Communication” ,Sanniwedana academic Journal, 2003
  • The Challenges face by Sri Lanka with the Development”,Sanjanani Souvenir, 2004
  • “The effect of Mass media in Modernizing the Traditional Societies”, Madya Wimarshi iv, 2005
  • “Health Communication, Culture and Behaviour Changes” Sandasara felicitation volume for Professor Chandrasiri Rajapaksha, 2016
  • “New Trend of News Paper Towards Development Communication” Madya Sameeksha II, 2013
  • “Reality of Right for Expression” Nidahas Madya, 2013
  • “The Great Character of Anagarika Dharmapala” Nidahasa 64, 2012
  • “ Does the Television Media act as a Development Myth” Salalihiniwatha, 2012
  • "Health Communication and Rural Community" felicitation volume for Professor Rohana Luxman Piyadasa, 2016


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