S. Selvanayagam

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S. Selvanayagam

Born(1932-05-28)28 May 1932
Died23 May 1979(1979-05-23) (aged 46)
Alma mater Jaffna Hindu College
Zahira College, Colombo
University of Ceylon
London School of Economics

Professor Somasundaram Selvanayagam (28 May 1932 23 May 1979) was a Ceylon Tamil geographer, academic and head of the Department of Geography at the University of Jaffna.

University of Jaffna public university in the city of Jaffna in Sri Lanka

The University of Jaffna is a public university in the city of Jaffna in Sri Lanka. Established in 1974 as the sixth campus of the University of Sri Lanka, it became an independent, autonomous university in 1979. Like all public universities in Sri Lanka, UoJ receives the bulk of its funding from the University Grants Commission (UGC), part of the Ministry of Higher Education in Colombo. The UGC and the central government therefore exert a great deal of control over the university.


Early life

Selvanayagam was born on 28 May 1932. [1] He was educated at Jaffna Hindu College and Zahira College, Colombo. [1] [2] He joined the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya in 1953, graduating in 1957 with BA honours degree in geography. [2]

Jaffna Hindu College

Jaffna Hindu College is a national school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1886 by a group of Hindu people who wanted an English language alternative to the Christian missionary schools.

Zahira College, Colombo

Zahira College is an Islamic school at Colombo in Maradana, Sri Lanka and was founded in 1892 as Al Madrasathul Zahira by notable Islamic lawyer and educationalist, Muhammad Cassim Siddi Lebbe, with the active patronage of Ahmed Orabi Pasha of Egypt. The college also has one of the oldest mosques in the country in its premises.

University of Ceylon former university; only university in Sri Lanka from 1942 until 1972.

The University of Ceylon was the only university in Sri Lanka from 1942 until 1972. It had several constituent campuses at various locations around Sri Lanka. The University of Ceylon Act No. 1 of 1972, replaced it with the University of Sri Lanka which existed from 1973 to 1978. In 1978 it was separated into four independent universities. These are the University of Colombo, the University of Peradeniya, University of Kelaniya and the University of Sri Jayawardanapura.


After graduating Selvanayagam worked for a while at the Official Languages Department. [1] He then joined the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya as an assistant lecturer in 1951. [2] He joined the London School of Economics (LSE) in October 1961 for postgraduate studies, graduating with a MA degree. [1] [2] He returned to the LSE in 1970 to continue his research, receiving a Phd in August 1971. [1] [2]

London School of Economics public research university in London, United Kingdom

The London School of Economics is a public research university located in London, England, and a member institution of the federal University of London. Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas, and George Bernard Shaw for the betterment of society, LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and established its first degree courses under the auspices of the University in 1901. The LSE started awarding its own degrees in 2008, prior to which it awarded degrees of the University of London.

A Master of Arts is a person who was admitted to a type of master's degree awarded by universities in many countries, and the degree is also named Master of Arts in colloquial speech. The degree is usually contrasted with the Master of Science. Those admitted to the degree typically study linguistics, history, communication studies, diplomacy, public administration, political science, or other subjects within the scope of the humanities and social sciences; however, different universities have different conventions and may also offer the degree for fields typically considered within the natural sciences and mathematics. The degree can be conferred in respect of completing courses and passing examinations, research, or a combination of the two.

Doctor of Philosophy Postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities in many countries

A Doctor of Philosophy is the highest university degree that is conferred after a course of study by universities in most English-speaking countries. PhDs are awarded for programs across the whole breadth of academic fields. As an earned research degree, those studying for a PhD are usually required to produce original research that expands the boundaries of knowledge, normally in the form of a thesis or dissertation, and defend their work against experts in the field. The completion of a PhD is often a requirement for employment as a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields. Individuals who have earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree may, in many jurisdictions, use the title Doctor or, in non-English-speaking countries, variants such as "Dr. phil." with their name, although the proper etiquette associated with this usage may also be subject to the professional ethics of their own scholarly field, culture, or society. Those who teach at universities or work in academic, educational, or research fields are usually addressed by this title "professionally and socially in a salutation or conversation." Alternatively, holders may use post-nominal letters such as "Ph.D.", "PhD", or "DPhil". It is, however, considered incorrect to use both the title and post-nominals at the same time.

Selvanayagam joined the Ahmadu Bello University's Department of Geography in 1974 as a senior lecturer. [1] He left Ahmadu Bello in August 1977 after being appointed head of the Department of Geography at the University of Sri Lanka (Jaffna campus). [1]

Ahmadu Bello University Public university in Zaria, Nigeria

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on 4 October 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria.

The University of Sri Lanka was a public university in Sri Lanka. Established in 1972 by amalgamating the four existing universities, it was the only university in Sri Lanka from 1972 until 1978. The university was based at six campuses in Colombo, Peradeniya, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kelaniya, Moratuwa and Jaffna. The university was dissolved in 1978 and its six campuses became independent universities.

Selvanayagam was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. [1] He died on 23 May 1979. [1]

Royal Geographical Society British learned society

The Royal Geographical Society is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences. Today, it is the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning. The Society has over 16,500 members and its work reaches millions of people each year through publications, research groups and lectures.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The Glowing Tributes Paid to Late Prof. S. Selvanayagam.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Subramaniam, V. (22 May 2005). "A beacon to family, friends". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) .