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SJB’s ‘Samagi Buddhi Mandapaya’ inaugurates first Annual Conference with university scholars

April 07, Colombo (LNW): The inaugural annual conference of the “Samagi Buddhi Mandapaya,” a collaborative initiative spearheaded by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and esteemed university lecturers, is set to commence today (07) at 4 pm at the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

The genesis of the “Samagi Buddhi Mandapaya” stems from the collective vision of formulating comprehensive policies to propel the nation towards progress and prosperity.

Gathering a formidable cohort of 1,131 university scholars representing 17 esteemed institutions nationwide, the consortium aims to serve as a dynamic platform for policy discourse and formulation.

Heading this pivotal consortium is Professor Ananda Jayawickrama, renowned for his expertise in economics as a distinguished faculty member of the Economics and Statistics Department at the University of Peradeniya.

Dr. S. Baskaran from the Department of Political Science at the University of Peradeniya assumes the role of Secretary, while Mr. Ranjan Bandara (MSc) acts as the National Coordinator.

The overarching objective of the “Samagi Buddhi Mandapaya” is to foster the development of holistic policies across various domains encompassing economic, social, cultural, and geopolitical spheres that resonate with the aspirations of the Sri Lankan populace under SJB governance.

National Coordinator Bandara affirmed the growing momentum behind the initiative, with an influx of esteemed professors and scholars pledging their support to the cause.

He emphasised the consortium’s pivotal role in bolstering the candidacy of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa in the forthcoming Presidential Election, heralding it as the most expansive intellectual network affiliated with a political entity in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Pradeep N. Weerasinghe, a seasoned academic with expertise in Mass Media at the University of Colombo, assumes responsibility for operational management within the consortium.

Dr. Weerasinghe’s extensive background encompasses roles as a foreign expert at the Chinese International Radio and Television network and as a national communications specialist with the Health System Project of the Asian Development Bank.

Presently, he serves as the Chief Organiser of the Haliela electorate within the SJB.

In a significant highlight of today’s conference, Opposition Leader Premadasa is slated to address pressing issues across seven key domains, underscoring the “Samagi Buddhi Mandapaya’s” commitment to robust policy dialogue and constructive engagement.

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