Gaveshana Magazine Institute for Research and Development

In a nutshell.

Gaveshana is the only tri-lingual research magazine published in Sri Lanka, exclusively dedicated to promoting research among students and the wider general public. Our main focus is on A/L students, university students as well as academics around the country, and via Gaveshana we educate, enhance knowledge about research, and encourage everyone to be involved in research work. We give opportunities to A/L students to publish their A/L projects in Gaveshana magazine and have them critically reviewed by relevant professionals which help many students to produce effective projects in the future. We also encourage articles on local and expatriate Sri Lankan professionals to highlight their contributions and experiences in the field of science. The articles about local inventors have always been highly appreciated and drawn attention to lesser known inventors who express their talents to the public via Gaveshana magazine. Gaveshana is a tri-annual magazine and it’s available at many universities, schools, most large scale bookshops, super markets and newspaper stalls Island wide.

We started this journey over a decade ago with only one source of strength and inspiration; absolute and clear conviction that our journey to achieve success was for the greater good, however small, for the people in Sri Lanka. We did not set out to claim ownership nor create boundaries for knowledge. We set out to share, enhance and nourish knowledge through mutual effort. We were determined to generate knowledge through research and to disseminate it into different social sectors in Sri Lanka, as it is an essential component for the development of our country.

It was a challenge and responsibility to go beyond the traditional research practices. And a strategic approach in order to establish a ‘research theme’ in the school system, and to create young budding researchers through A/L projects. In this era of globalization, even knowledge has become a commodity. However, we believe in knowledge as a valuable investment for the common advancement of society, rather than a commodity. Unfortunately, many contemporary intellectuals seem to be incapable of realizing this essential truth. We believe that knowledge should be invested with the holistic attitude of social development, but not be used as tool for self-preservation. Hence, our journey for success with Gaveshana has always aimed to go beyond mere self-preservation.

In this conscientious journey, we have been constantly looking for individuals and groups who think ‘out of the box’ for ways to create new knowledge, and ways of beneficial investments. We started as the minority but firmly believe that we are not the minority anymore. Through more than a decade of hard work, we have managed to bring many individuals and groups under this ‘progressive’ umbrella of thinking.

The nation needs sons and daughters who are willing to sacrifice ‘self-preservation’ and ‘boundary setting’ for the greater good. Gaveshana will always support and promote such visionary thinking, and continue to establish an overarching research culture in Sri Lanka.

We thank all our supporters and detractors who were instrumental in our success during this journey.

We initiated Gaveshana. We established it. Now it is everyone’s responsibility to continue this.

“I agree with you entirely that we urgently need to nurture a culture of research and development including innovation. If Sri Lanka is to assert itself economically and scientifically in the modern world. You have taken the first step by launching this magazine.”

Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sri Lankabhimanya, CBE, FRAS
Science fiction writer, science writer, futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.

“Gaveshana makes a notable contribution to fill the vacuum of the journals for student project work in Sri Lanka.”

Prof. Valentine Basnayake
Professor Emeritus of Physiology, University of Peradeniya.
Founder, Physiological Society of Sri Lanka.
Inaugural Chairman of the Science Education Committee.
Past President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

Gaveshana Team

Chief Editor

  • Dr. Godwin Kodithuwakku (BEd, MA(Ed), PhD)


  • Aruna Prashantha Walisundara

Editorial Board

  • Prof. Athula Sumathipala (MBBS, DFM, MD, MRCPsych, PhD)
  • Dr. Gominda Ponnamperuma (MBBS, Dip.Psycho, MMEd, PhD)
  • Dr. Nihal Abeysinghe (MBBS, MSc, MD)
  • Dr. Sudath Samaraweera (MBBS, MSc, MD, PhD)
  • Dr. Kaushalya Jayaweera (MD)
  • Dr. Buddhika Fernando (BDs, LL.M, MSc, Attorney at Law)

Supporting Staff

  • Sales & Distribution: Maneesha Jayaweera and Nadun Perera
  • Type Setting: Udeni Samanmali
  • Tamil Translation: M. H. M. Yakuth
  • Tamil Type Setting: F. A. S. Nismiya
  • Financial Management: Janani Marasinghe
  • Coordination: Chamali Jayasinghe
  • Page Layout: Indika Shamintha Wedisinghe

We are a not-for-profit non-commercial academic magazine which is funded by generous donations and advertisements.

To continue to provide the magazine at a reasonable cost,  the price of Gaveshana has not been increased since 2011 even though the printing and production costs have increased over the years.

If you wish to donate or advertise in Gaveshana Magazine please contact us.

Want to submit an article to Gaveshana Magazine?

We encourage everyone to submit articles which are relevant to Gaveshana Magazine. Articles can be in either Sinhalese, Tamil or English. For more details please contact Aruna Walisundara (Deputy Editor, Gaveshana).

Gaveshana Magazine
Institute for Research & Development
No. 393/3, Lily Avenue,
Off Robert Gunawardane Mawatha,
Battaramulla 10120, Sri Lanka.
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