About Us

The College of Indigenous Medicine was established in 1929. It became a part of the University of Colombo adopting its current name, Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM) in 1977. The unit of Basic Principles was established under the Department of Ayurveda. Presently, the unit is engaged in under graduate and postgraduate level teaching and research.

The unit of Basic Principles deals with study of Ayurveda Ithihasaya (history of Ayurveda) MoulikaSiddhanta (Basic Principles), PadarthaVignana (Ontology) through the samhitas (classical texts) like Caraka Samhita, Susruta Samhita, andAshtangahridaya Samhita for their scientific exploration and validation. These are the subjects which help to understand the philosophy of Ayurveda. Students who learn Ayurveda philosophy get many benefits. The basic tools taught by Ayurveda philosophy help to make a complete Ayurveda physician and their great use in further education and in employment. In addition to this, unit offers basic Sanskrit language for students in order to get the meaning of texts and terminologies.

Vision of the unit is to be nucleus of the BAMS undergraduate course and the mission of the unit is to produce competent committed graduates for local and Global service.

Prof. R. S. Jayawardhana



DAMS (Hons) (Colombo), MD Ay (BHU-India),PhD (Kelaniya)




Associate Prof. S. P. Molligoda

Associate Professor

BAMS (Hons) (Colombo), M Phil (Peradeniya), MD.Ayu (Jaipur- India)

MD Basic Principals & Samhita(India)

M Phil Darshana & Manovidya(University of Peradeniya)

, PhD( Kelaniya)

Dr. I. G. P. R. Kulanatha


Senior Lecturer Grade I

BAMS (Hons) (Colombo), MD Ay (BHU-India),P.G. Dip. in Community Development (Colombo)




Dr. M. W. S. J. Kumari


Senior Lecturer Grade II

BAMS (Hons) (Colombo), MD Ayu (Gujarath- India),PhD (Jaipur- India)




Dr. Asoka Gunasekara

Senior Lecturer Grade II (Head)

BA (Hons), MA, MPhil (Kelaniya), PhD (Kelaniya)

Dr. Priyantha Kumara Wendabona

Senior Lecturer Grade II

Royal Pandit (Sri Lanka), BA (Hons) Peradeniya, MA , MPhil, PhD (JNU-India)

Dr. P.A.S.N. Silva

Lecturer (Probationary)

BAMS (Hons) BA, MA (Pali and Buddhist University)

Dr. R.M.D.A. Amarasiri

Lecturer (Probationary)

BAMS (Hons) BA

Ms. M.D.S.V. Kumari

Ms. M.D.S.V. Kumari
Management Assistant Gr.III


Mr.B.G Dasanayake
Lab Attendant