History of NEREC

Considering the need for a dedicated research institution in education, the Ministry of Education and  Higher Education made a request to the World Bank in October, 1999, to reallocate some funds released under the Teacher Education and Teacher Development (TETD) project for the setting up of a National Education Research and Evaluation Centre. It was proposed to locate this institution affiliated to the Faculty of Education of the University of Colombo. The University of Colombo agreed to provide the space, release a professor of education as a full time director and to set up NEREC as an institute under the provision of the University Act No. 16 of 1978. Accordingly, the Council of the University established NEREC as a centre affiliated to the Faculty of Education of the University of Colombo.

Past Directors of NEREC

Prof. Swarna Wijethunge

Prof. Lal Perera

Prof. M. Karunanithy