- On September 20, 2019
The Aquinas Research Centre, established on 01 June 2018, will take up its debut research project in October 2019 making it a red-letter day in the history of Aquinas College of Higher Studies. The study focuses on Peace and Reconciliation in the Western Province of Sri Lanka during the Post-War Period; 2010-2019. Reconciliation stands for a long term process by which the parties open to violent dispute build up trust, learn to live corporately and create solid peace. The Aquinas Research Centre believes this as a timely need to be addressed.
With the initiative underpinned by Rev. Fr. Mahendra Gunatilleke – National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka – The Social & Economic Development Centre (CSL-SEDEC), an initial discussion was held on 19 June 2019 chaired by Very Rev. Dr. Susith Mark Lal Silva – Rector / Vice-Chancellor of Aquinas College. The MOU was signed between Aquinas College and CSL-SEDEC, on 02 August 2019, laying the cornerstone of the research project.
The proposed research will operate in three phases namely in Kalutara, Colombo and Gampaha Districts. Three Divisional Secretary’s Divisions from each District and four Grama Niladhari Divisions will be selected to provide a platform for the study.
The main objective of this research is to get an understanding of the awareness of the people on Peace and Reconciliation in the Western Province. The selected study will also explore sub-objectives such as; to know the reconciliation level, find out the barriers and identify the solutions to improve the peace and reconciliation process.
The Research Team consists of Very Rev. Dr. Susith Mark Lal Silva – Rector / Vice-Chancellor of Aquinas College, Dr. Susantha Dissanayake – Chief Coordinator for Research, Department Head of Humanities, Research Coordinators and twenty undergraduates of the college as Research Assistants.