Prof. Janaka de Silva, Senior Professor and Chair of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and Consultant Physician, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, is the current Chairman of the National Research Council.
He was educated at Royal College, Colombo, and the Universities of Colombo and Oxford. He is the eighth Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo.
He represented National Research Council since its inception. He was appointed as the Chairman to the National Research Council by the former President H. E. Mahinda Rajapakse by the presidential directive on 09th September 2013.
After the National Research Council was established as a statutory body, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, reappointed him as the Chairman of National Research Council by the Parliament Act, No. 11 OF 2016 on 31st of August 2016.
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