The subject of Mass Communication was started in 1973 as a carrier oriented course. Prof. Wimal Dissanayaka was one of the founding committee members appointed by the UGC in 1973 and the Founding Head of the Department of Mass Communication. Under the Senior Fellow programme of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. Wimal Dissanayake has arrived to Sri Lanka for a period of one month. Prof. Wimal Dissanayake participated in a welcome ceremony on the 3rd of June 2017 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya.
Prof. Wimal Dissanayake is a renowned specialist in communication theory as well as an acclaimed scholar in Asian cinema. He is a distinguished academic, a research scholar, writer and poet. He has authored over 40 books in English and in Sinhala. Prof. Wimal Dissanayake currently teaches at the Academy of Creative Media, University of Hawaii. During his stay in Sri Lanka, he will be delivering lectures and will be holding discussions on updating and revising syllabus contents of the Mass Communication Degree Programmes.