Uva Province

Uva Province was created in 1896 and currently Uva is Sri Lanka's second least populated province, with 1,187,335 people. Uva consists of two districts: Badulla and Moneragala of which Badulla is the capital.

The diversity in the Uva province is a unique feature of the area. Many cultural and ethnic groups live in harmony in the province while maintaining their own heritage and customs. These groups include Sinhalese, plantation Tamils, Muslims, Sri Lankan Tamils and Adiwasee communities.

The Uva is proud of its history where there was an upraising led by Keppetipola Disawe against the British colonial rule in 1818. Kepptipola was sent initially by the British Government to stop the uprising but he later led the rebellions captured Matale and Kandy. Eventually Keppetipola was captured and beheaded by the British but his courage and leadership is celebrated by the people of Uva even today.

Uva is in desperate need of development as it is the poorest province in the country under normal conditions (the war has caused unprecedented damages in the North-East but prior to war, the North-East was above the average of the Uva). For example, in the Western province per household income per month is Rs. 25,602 and the figure for Uva is less than half and it is at Rs.11,178. Individual income in the Uva province per month is calculated at Rs. 2,570 and the figure for the Western Province is Rs. 5,999. The development reaches Uva at a very slow phase and there are many villages in the province without any access roads, electricity or clean water. By 2008, when the Western Province boasts of 2,299 Industries registered under the Ministry of Industrial Development and Board of Investment (BOI) Uva has just 37 Industries.

Uva has lot of potentials but it is in need of investment. Uva is blessed with many tourist attractions and Dunhinda falls, Diyaluma Falls, Rawana Falls, the Yala National Park (partly in the Southern and Eastern Provinces) and Gal Oya National Park (partly in the Eastern Province) are to name a few. The Mahaweli and Menik rivers and the huge Senanayake Samudraya and Maduru Oya Reservoirs are the major waterways in the province. Breath taking views of the area are still unspoiled and waiting to be discovered.

In November 2008 Intel EM Limited, in collaboration with the Secondary Education Modernization Project of Ministry of Education began the process of training over 100 Master Teachers under the Intel速 Teach Program at New Library Auditorium Badulla.

Picture from Left: Hon. Minister of Ports Development Dilan Perera lighting the Digital Oil Lamp while Hon. Chief Minister of Uva Province Wijith Wijayamuni Soyza, Uva Provincial Council President Mr. Manel Rathnayake and Hon. Deputy Minister of Education M. Sachiththanandan awaits their turn. Mr. Indika De Zoysa Country Business Manager Sri Lanka - Intel EM Ltd and Mr. Anura De Silva Uva Province