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Abhaya Induruwa

Professor Abhaya Induruwa
Professor Abhaya Induruwa delivering Internet Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech [1]
Born 1950
Dalugama, Kelaniya Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education Nalanda College, Colombo
University of Sri Lanka, Katubedda Campus
Imperial College London
Occupation Professor (Sri Lanka) and Programme Director (UK)
Employer University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Canterbury Christ Church University
Religion Buddhist
Spouse(s) Indrani Induruwa

Abhaya Induruwa is the inaugural Professor V K Samaranayake Endowed Professor of Computing, University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka. Currently he also serves as the Program Director for research and post graduate teaching in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom.

After spending three years of his early primary education at Kahagolla Maha Vidyalaya, Diyatalawa, he was admitted to Nalanda College, Colombo from where he proceeded to the University of Sri Lanka, Katubedda Campus. He is the first student to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering since the inception of the University of Sri Lanka, Katubedda Campus, and is the recipient of the Prof Om Prakash Kulshreshtha award for the Best Electrical and Electronic Engineering student in 1975. In September 1976 he proceeded to Imperial College London and in January 1980 he was awarded PhD from the University of London for his research on Computer Simulation Techniques in Power Systems Planning. His research supervisor was Emeritus Professor Brian J. Cory.

Professor Induruwa founded the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa in 1985, the first and the only department of its kind in a Sri Lankan university, and served as its Head until 1998.

In 1989 he pioneered and served as the Principal Investigator of project LEARN [2] (Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network), which he developed into the academic Internet in Sri Lanka .[3] He obtained funds from the Sri Lankan government and other well wishers, commissioned staff and resources, provided technical and managerial leadership, and led the project LEARN to completion in 1995. He also administered the .LK domain since its first registration in 1990 until 1998. Professor Induruwa is a founding member of the Internet Society (ISOC - Kobe, 1992) and a member of the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter.[4] He is a contributing author to the Asia Internet History project.[5]

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society.[6] Professor Induruwa is a founding member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (1976). In recognition of his services to computer education and IT industry in Sri Lanka the Honorary Fellowship of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka was conferred on him in 2003.

In recogntion of his signal contribution to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet in Sri Lanka, and for pioneering LEARN[7] - the first IP WAN in Sri Lanka [8] - Professor Induruwa was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame 2014,[9][10][11] an honorary lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society.


  1. ^ "Professor Induruwa's Internet Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech". 
  2. ^ "A proposal to set up a Lankan Experimental Academic and Research Network (LEARN), April 1989". 
  3. ^ "LEARN Internet - A (modified) Proposal to Introduce Internet Services to the Academic and Research Community in Sri Lanka, January 1992". 
  4. ^ ISoc Sri Lanka Chapter
  5. ^ Asia Internet History
  6. ^ "Abhaya Induruwa - BCS Fellow Case Study". 
  7. ^ LEARN
  8. ^ IESL Directory of Seminal Publications
  9. ^ Prof Abhaya Induruwa - Internet Hall of Fame Inductee
  10. ^ DiGiT Interview with Prof Abhaya Induruwa
  11. ^ Felicitation Ceremony orgnaised by the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter on 16 April 2014


  • "Moratuwa University Computer Science Dept. turns 25". Sunday Observer. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  • "CSE'2003 Conference Program". University of Moratuwa. 28 June 2003. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  • "Presentation on "The Dark Side of the Internet" sponsored by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Internet Society, Sri Lanka Chapter". DiGIT Magazine. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  • "Prof Abhaya Induruwa: In-depth interviews at ISOC Hall of Fame 2014.". Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University, North Carolina. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  • "Presentation on "The Internet: Where is it taking us?" at the felicitation ceremony organized by the Internet Society, Sri Lanka Chapter.". DiGIT Magazine. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  • "Interview with Prof. Abhaya Induruwa, Father of Internet in Sri Lanka". DiGIT Magazine. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  • "2014 Historic Profile Series: Abhaya Induruwa". Internet Hall Fame. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
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