Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management annually organizes The Agricultural Research Symposium (AGRES). Founded by Professor S.J.B.A. Jayasekera, former Vice Chancellor of the university, the first of the series was held on 25 and 26 June 2001. Since then, it has become an esteemed annual event in the University calendar.
The final year undergraduates of the B.Sc. Agriculture degree programme design and carry out research projects under the supervision of the academic staff and also in collaboration with expert researchers from external organizations. Their research covers four disciplines namely, Agribusiness Management, Biotechnology, Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, and Plantation Management. The outcomes of individual researches are published as full papers in AGRES Proceedings. In the meantime, the students’ oral presentations are evaluated by a panel of experts at the symposium.AGRES helps promote agricultural research and provides a forum for undergraduates to present their findings, discuss, debate and disseminate information. This event is highly supported by major agricultural and research institutes in Sri Lanka and agro-based private sector organizations which collaborate with FAPM in conducting research programmes. It further stimulates and strengthens the collaborations with other Government, non-governmental and private sector organizations.
To promote agricultural research and provide opportunity for undergraduates to present their findings to an audience consisting of scholars, researchers and industry stakeholders.
To develop undergraduates’ research and analytical skills, and other life skills such as communication, organizational skills and teamwork.