Department of Accountancy



About the Department of Accountancy

The Department of Accountancy (DoA) is one of the five departments in the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya. At present, it conducts the Bachelor of Business Management (Special) Accountancy degree programme. The vision of the department is to make the Accountancy programme, the first choice among the students and stakeholders. The mission of the department is to advance Accountancy education through Bachelor of Business Management (Special) Accountancy degree which provides outstanding Accounting and management education for students, create and disseminate knowledge, promote the understanding and ethical practice of Accountancy profession and serve the community.

DoA is committed to pursue excellence in research, teaching and consultancy services. The greatest strength of the department is its faculty which consists of academic and professional qualified in diverse management disciplines such as Accounting, Finance and Management fields. They are able to blend the theoretical knowledge with the practical exposure which will enhance the efficiency of teaching methodologies. DoA always designs its degree programmes to meet the changing demands of the public and private sector.

DoA was able to win a competitive grant, worth Rs.100 million from the World Bank under the project on Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education  (IRQUE) in the year 2005.

The said project has been successfully completed by disbursing total monitory allocations. It is worthy to note that doctoral degree grant recipients returned to the DoA after completing their Ph.Ds related to small business and entrepreneurship. Their research findings are highly relevant to solve current economic problems in Sri Lanka, specially nurturing the small business sector and entrepreneurship development.

Staff profile of the DoA

The DoA has 29 high-caliber staffs whom are involved in teaching and academic research. DoA has qualified academic staff with the potential to initiate University-Industry interactions. There are two professors, ten Ph.D. holders while another six are reading for their Ph.Ds.  Composition of the academic staff is 02 professors, 16 senior lecturers, 2 lecturers, 8 probationary lecturers and 1 assistant lecturer.

The strengths of the research conducted at DoA are its multidisciplinary in nature. The DoA supports the participation of its researchers at scientific conferences, as this provides them with access to prestigious publication outlets

Organization of Events

Accountancy Forum – 2007, held on 9th February 2007 at Grand Oriental Hotel , Colombo under the theme of  “ The Legendary of Professional Coronation.”

Accountancy Forum – 2008, held on 14th February 2008 at Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo under the theme of “Contemporary Business Challenges in Sri Lanka.”

Accountancy Forum – 2009, held at Galadari Hotel, Colombo under the theme of “Sustainable Growth through Stake Holders’ Satisfaction.”

Accountancy Forum – 2010, held at Hilton Hotel, Colombo under the theme of “Knowledge Management for Economic Revival, In an Accounting Perspective.”

Accountancy Forum – 2011, held on 8th December 2011 at Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo under the theme of “Winning the Business Excellence”

Internship Awarding ceremony – 2011, held on November 2011 at Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo

These research studies, consultancies and other services provided by the DoA indicate that the DoA has enough capabilities for seeking out new knowledge and understanding to ensure that is applied for the wider benefit of society in collaborating with industry partners.

Availability of technical and support staff

DoA has one technical officer and one general clerk. Apart from that all staff members equipped with technical knowledge of pursuing Accounting, statistical and econometrics analysis by using updated version of MYOB, SAGE, SPSS, Eviews. In the teaching process, practical sessions are embedded into the curriculum in order to give   practical exposure to students in order to disseminate knowledge related to commercial applications.

Physical resources

The DoA is equipped with a learning resource center, meeting rooms, lecture theatres, computer lab. The Departmental library has an up-to-date collection books, publications, and reports etc. on recent topics. Besides the main University Computing Center, the DoA also provides computing facilities for students. Students are provided transport facilities to reach training destination and back to the evening lectures on time. Beneficiaries of the motor coach has not been limited to accountancy department but has been spread over the whole university.

DoA Graduate Profile of 21st Century



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