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Prof H A de S Gunasekera Memorial Oration today

The Prof H A de S Gunasekera Memorial Oration 2013 will be held today at 4 pm at the Senate Room, University of Peradeniya. The Oration will be delivered by Prof Prema-chandra Athukorala, Professor of Economics, Australian National University on the topic, "Sri Lanka's Post-Conflict Development Challenge: Learning from the Past."

Prof H A de S Gunasekara was Professor of Economics and Head of the Dept of Economics & Political Science of the then University of Ceylon. He succeeded Prof Das Gupta to become the second occupant of the Chair (and the first Sri Lankan) in the Department in 1961.

He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Peradeniya (1963-1969) and later on as Secretary, Ministry of Planning (1970-1977) under Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. He was a much respected academic and public servant. A large number of his students have made outstanding contributions to both academic and public life in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Prof Prema-chandra Athukorala is Professor of Economics at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

He is the author/editor of over 10 books, 4 edited volumes, 60 chapters in multi-author volumes and 95 articles in academic journals. During his career, he has served as consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO, ESCAP and AUSAID. 


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