BUREAU OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF REHABILITATION
"MINISTRY OF PRISON REFORMS,REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT AND HINDU RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS"

Pampemadu University Premises that temporarily housed a rehabilitation centre, returned to the University Grants Commission.

At a ceremony held in Vauniya on January 12, 2012, the Pampemadu premises were handed back by BCGR to the University Grants Commission under the Ministry of Higher Education

The Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) had established 24 such Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres (PARCs) in the North and East of the Island for the purpose of conducting rehabilitation programs for ex-combatants, which have been highly successful. Several such premises temporarily housing rehabilitation centres, have been handed back to their respective original administrative units, following the completion of the rehabilitation programmes for ex-combatants and their re-integration into society.

The Pampemadu Rehabilitation Centre commenced its activities on February 10, 2010 at the premises belonging to the University of Jaffna which comes within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education.

The Centre was utilized for the purpose of providing Vocational Training as well as for imparting skills in Aesthetics and Information Technology.

Virtusa, a private sector IT company had generously donated a fully equipped IT laboratory to the Pampemadu Rehabilitation Centre. It was agreed at the time of the donation that BCGR would leave the lab and the equipment for the use of university students after closure if the Centre. It should be emphasized that thanks to this laudable decision by BCGR, the Pampemadu Campus of the Jaffna University will henceforth have at its disposal a modern IT facility.

Present at the official handing over ceremony of the Pampemadu premises were the Honorable S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, Prof. S V D G Samaranayake, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Additional Secretaries of the Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. Nimal Kotawalagedera, Additional Secretary (Development) of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reform who represented the Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reform, Major General Chandana Rajaguru, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Jaffna University officials , members of security forces and government officials.