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In Pursuit of Intellectual Excellence!


The Jaffna peninsula can be claimed as the seat of knowledge and learning of the Eastern and Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka. The Jaffna peninsula is divided into three geographical zones; namely Thenmarachchi, Vadamarachchi, and Valikamam.


The main town of Vadamarachchi is Point Pedro, which is also the northern-most town of Sri Lanka. The hallmark of Vadamarachchi is its learned citizens. Historically, Vadamarachchi has produced some of the best brains of Sri Lanka. However, due to the quarter century of civil war, almost all the learned persons have deserted to other parts of the country or abroad. This is not a tragic experience of Jaffna alone, but of the entire Eastern and Northern Provinces.


It is in this background that, an independent private social science research institution in the name of Point Pedro Institute of Development (PPID) was established in 2004, in order to resurrect the knowledge and intellectual bases of the Eastern and Northern Provinces. The PPID is the only institution focusing on regional aspects of economic development in Sri Lanka and has the highest number of peer reviewed scholarly social scientific publications per researcher in any institution in Sri Lanka


The Point Pedro Institute of Development (PPID) marks three milestones in 2019 as it is fifteen years since its founding in 2004; twenty years since its founder earned his Doctoral Degree at the University of Wales Swansea (now known as Swansea University) in 1999; and twenty-five years since the founder’s first peer reviewed scholarly publication in the Economic and Political Weekly (India) in 1994.



Dear Sarvi,


My warm congrats to you on your three anniversaries! Even though I am ideologically distant from you (as you know) and do not agree with some important things you articulate, I value highly your early commitment to your country and community when many people take advantage of foreign education and stay away from the mess in our country. Whatever the ideological-theoretical content of your work, you have contributed toward a very high standard of rigour and accuracy, especially in the economic field, in war-time and post-war study of society/economy. In fact, I think that you have actually SET the standard for applied field-level scholarly work, especially on the North-East. You are assured of my continued admiration and support despite disagreement!




(Lakshman F. B. Gunasekara)

Journalist / Communications Consultant

Sri Lanka Correspondent: The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) / Columnist: Sunday Observer (SL), Sunday Morning (SL)

President: Sri Lanka Chapter, South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) / Trustee: Free Media Movement

Member: Press Complaints Commission / Member: Law & Society Trust


The Point Pedro Institute of Development (PPID) has undertaken incisive, insightful, and foresightful policy research during the past fifteen years (2004-2019) of its existence. 


Our policy research paper to resolve the enduring fishing disputes between Sri Lanka and India appears to have prompted a policy response by the central Government of India and the state Government of Tamilnadu in February 2019.


Our research foresaw the electoral defeat of the President Rajapaksa in June 2014 due to the lack of economic peace dividend in the conflict-affected provinces which was realised in January 2015.


Our survey results contested the causes of boat migration (to Australia from Sri Lanka) attributed by an Australian refugee advocate in 2013 and the Australian Government toughened its policy on boat migration in the same year.


We exposed and argued the case against military enterprises in Northern Sri Lanka in 2010 and the military expenditure in the Northern Provincial economy was cut-back to second place in 2012 as a proportion of the provincial economy for the first time in decades.


The PPID logically predicted, backed-up by empirical evidence, the demise of the LTTE in 2006 and it happened in 2009.


We proposed a cap on the annual Government Budget deficit in 2001-2002 and the Fiscal (Management) Responsibility Act was enacted in 2003.


We logically argued, backed-up by empirical evidence, the case for free trade between India and Sri Lanka in 1993 and the Governments of India and Sri Lanka inked a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (albeit partial) in 1998 that came into operation in 2000.