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Prof. M.M.M. NAJIM


Vice-Chancellor
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka

Brief Profile

Professor M.M.M. Najim was born on 06th March 1968 in Navinna, Galle and obtained his primary education from Vidyaloka Maha Vidyalaya, Galle and his secondary education from Richmond College, Galle. He then entered to the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya and earned a first class honours B.Sc. degree specialized in Agricultural Engineering in 1994. Since the date of completion of his basic degree, he has served as an academic. He has served in three Universities before appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. He has served as an Assistant Lecturer at University of Peradeniya (01.04.1995 to 31.07.1996), a Lecturer in Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (01.08.1996 to 31.01.1998), a Lecturer and senior lecturer at University of Peradeniya (02.02.1998 to 31.07.2007), and a Senior Lecturer and Professor at University of Kelaniya (01.08.2007 todate).


He earned his Master of Engineering in Irrigation Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 2000 and Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from University Putra Malaysia in 2004 respectively. He was then promoted as Senior Lecturer in April 2006. In August 2007, he joined the Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Conservation and Management and promoted as Professor in Environmental Conservation and Management from June 2012. In 2015 June, Professor Najim was appointed as the 4th Vice Chancellor of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka and served till June, 2018). Professor Najim was appointed again as the 6th Vice Chancellor of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka from August, 2018.


Professor Najim has extensively engaged in curriculum development and revision of four degree programmes namely B.Sc. in Natural Resources (Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka), B.Sc. in Agricultural Technology and Management (University of Peradeniya), B.Sc. in Environmental Conservation and Management (University of Kelaniya) and B.Sc. in Biosystems Technology in Agricultural Technology (South Eastern University of Sri Lanka). In addition, he has served as a reviewer of curriculum of many Universities. Furthermore, Professor Najim has extended his immense service by contributing as a reviewer of Institutions and programmes of both national universities and non-state sector higher educational institutions.


Professor Najim has won many prestigious awards out of which Kamban Award in 2017, Presidential Award for Research in 2013, 2005 and 2004, NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publication in 2011, Award for the popularization of Science in 2008, Merit certificate for popularization of Science in 2007 and Hisamatzu Prize in 2000 are significant. He has published 51 full research papers out of which 21 are in peer reviewed Indexed Journals. In addition, he has published 71 short scientific communications, 3 book chapters and has translated several books. He has also contributed in curriculum formulation and revision, training of teachers, authoring of teacher and practical guides, editing of text books for the G.C.E. (A/L) subjects Agriculture and Biosystems Technology under the Ministry of Education.


He is a life member of many Professional Associations such as Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka and Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka. He has served as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), the Premium organization of Scientists in Sri Lanka in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. He has also served as the International Relations Secretary in 2009 and 2010, Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) from 2008 to 2010 and the chairman of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the National Science and Technology Commission. He is also rendering a huge service in many national level committees, as a consultant to many national and international projects, as an expert in review of degree programmes and degree awarding institutes. He serves as a resource person in many national and international training programmes as well.


Professor Najim has been ranked as one of the most outstanding Sri Lankan Scientists. He has produced three Ph.D. holders, 1 M.Phil. holder and 3 Masters degree holders. At present he is supervising three Ph.D. students.


He is proficient in all three languages: Sinhala, Tamil and English.


Professor Najim is married and a father of three kids, two daughters and a son.



Links of Researchers' Network


Google Scholar

Citations - 304, h-index - 8 and i10-index - 6 (On 26th December 2018)


ResearchGate



Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc. Agric. Hons.) - December 1994, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya. Sri Lanka.

  • Master of Engineering in Irrigation Engineering and Management from the School of Civil Engineering (Water Engineering and Management Program), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

  • Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from University Putra Malaysia (Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), Malaysia.



Teaching Areas

  • Hydraulics (Fluid statics and dynamics)
  • Hydrology and Meteorology
  • Irrigation Principles
  • Agricultural Drainage
  • Soil Conservation
  • Irrigation Systems Design and Management


Positions held in professional societies

  • General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (upto July)
  • Core Group member of the Network for Capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management 2008 - 2011
  • Secretary - Board of Trustees of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2011 and 2012.
  • Secretary - House and Finance Committee of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2012
  • Secretary - International Relations of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2009 and 2010.
  • Council member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Steering Committee member and the Chairman of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) for the year 2009
  • Joint Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) in 2008/2009, 2009/2010.
  • Member of the Committee for Popularization of Science (CPS) of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Member of the Science Education Committee (SEC) of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - 2009
  • Member of the Section B of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • President of SLAAS Section B for the year 2008.
  • Steering Committee member and the Joint Secretary of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) for the year 2008
  • Elected Vice-President of SLAAS Section B for the Year 2007.
  • Editor of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka during 2004/2005.
  • Editorial board member of the Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka 2004/2005.
  • Executive committee member and editorial board member of the Young Scientist Forum (2005/2006) of the National Science and Technology Commission Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Assistant Treasurer of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka for 2000/2001.


Membership in Professional Societies

  • Life member of the Institute of Biology (M. Biol)
  • Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR)
  • Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) (Membership Number 7899/B)
  • Life Member of Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka
  • Life member of the Geo-Informatics society of Sri Lanka (Membership Number: OM(L)/04/108)
  • Life member of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka.


Fellowships, awards and distinctions

  • "Kamban Award 2017", Colombo Kamban Society
  • Vice-Chancellors award for bringing honor to the University of Kelaniya, 01 January 2016.
  • "Presidential Award for Scientific Research - 2013". Awarded on 18November 2015.
  • "NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publication - 2011" National Research Council, Sri Lanka.
  • Vice-Chancellors award for bringing honor to the University of Kelaniya, 01 January 2011.
  • "Presidential Award for Research - 2005" awarded on 27 July 2010.
  • "Presidential Award for Research - 2004" awarded on 27 July 2010
  • "Award for the popularization of Science - 2008" Awarded by the Young Scientists Forum of The National Science and Technology Commission of the Ministry of Science (Awarded on 19 January 2010)
  • Merit certificate for popularization of Science - 2007 awarded by the Young Scientists Forum of The National Science and Technology Commission of the Ministry of Science (Awarded on 16 January 2009)
  • Hisamatzu Prize (2000) for the outstanding performance in the field of study Irrigation Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.


Research Interests

  • Climate change impacts on agriculture and fisheries

  • Hydrological modeling and environmental flows

  • Agricultural water management

  • Wastewater irrigation



Journal Papers

  • Udayanga, L., Gunathilaka, N., Iqbal, M. C. M., Najim, M. M. M., Pahalagedara, K., & Abeyewickreme, W. (2018). Empirical optimization of risk thresholds for dengue: an approach towards entomological management of Aedes mosquitoes based on larval indices in the Kandy District of Sri Lanka. Parasites & vectors, 11-368. (Indexed in : Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus)
  • Udagedera, U.S.C., Gabadage, D.E. and Najim, M.M.M., 2015. Distribution notes on the Endangered freshwater crab Ceylonthelphus aarmata Ng (1995) (Crustacea: Brachyura: Gecarcinucidae) in Sri Lanka. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 7(11): 7791-7794.(Indexed in : BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, EBSCO, Zoological Records)
  • Halwatura, D., Najim, M.M.M., 2013. Application of the HEC-HMS model for runoff simulation in a tropical catchment, Environmental Modelling & Software,46: 155-162. (Indexed in : Science Citation Index)
  • P.D.H.N. Gunathilaka, R.M.N.S. Ranundeniya, M.M.M. Najim and S. Seneviratne. 2011. Determination of air pollution using Heterodermia speciosa from Colombo and Kurunegala, Sri Lanka using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, Turkish Journal of Botany, 35(4): 439-446. (Indexed in : Science Citation Index Expanded)
  • M.M.M. Najim, M. Aminul Haque and S.M. Bockari-Gevao. 2010. Irrigation energy consumption in a tropical lowland rice field, Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 5(1) : 01 - 08 (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • U.S.C. Udagedara and M. M. M. Najim, 2009. Potential to enhance the extent of paddy cultivation using domestic and municipal wastewater harvesting - a case study from the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 44(2): 239-248. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, GEOREF)
  • I. H. Rajapakshe, L. W. Galagedara and M.M.M. Najim, 2008. Microbial water quality variations in consumable water sources and pollution contributions by Pussalla Oya Catchment Communities, Tropical Agricultural Research.20: 314-326. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • Rajapakshe, I.H. and Najim. M.M.M. 2007. Water and Nutrient Balance in a Paddy Field Irrigated by Wastewater During Off (Yala) Season in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 42 (1): 77-91. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • M.M.M. Najim, T.S. Lee, M. Aminul Haque and M. Esham, 2007. Sustainability of Rice Production: A Malaysian Perspective, Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. 3(1): 1-12. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • Najim. M. M. M. Babel M. S. and R. Loof. 2006 AGNPS Model Assessment for a Mixed Forested Watershed in Thailand, ScienceAsia 32(1): 53-61.(Indexed in : Science Citation Index Expanded)
  • Lee, T.S. Najim, M.M.M. Aminul, M.H. and H.Y. Feng 2005. Modeling of Changes in Evapotranspiration for an Area in Peninsular Malaysia, Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, 13(2): 237-248. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • Lee, T.S. Aminul, M.H. and Najim, M.M.M. 2005. In-Time Rice Irrigation Water Management Under Limited Water Supply. Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, 13(2): 97-111. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • Najim,M.M.M. Lee, T.S. and A. Haque, 2005. Felcra paddy estate management decision support system - Part1: Capabilities and output, Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 40(2): 247-258. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, GEOREF)
  • Najim, M.M.M. Lee, T.S. and A. Haque, 2005. Felcra paddy estate management decision support system - Part1: Design and development, Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 40(2): 231-246. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, GEOREF)
  • Aminul, M.H. Najim, M.M.M and. Lee, T.S. 2005. Evaluation of Water Use in a Rice Double Cropping System in Malaysia, Tropical Agricultural Research, 17: 104 - 113. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • Lee, T.S. Aminul, M.H. and Najim, M.M.M. 2005. Modeling water resources allocation in a run-of-the-river rice irrigation scheme. Water Resources Management 19: 571-584. (Indexed in : Science Citation Index Expanded)
  • Lee, T.S. Aminul, M.H. and Najim, M.M.M. 2005. Scheduling the cropping Calendar in Wet-Seeded Rice Schemes in Malaysia. Agricultural Water Management, 71(1): 71-84. (Indexed in : Science Citation Index)
  • Babel, M.S. Najim, M.M.M. and Loof, R. 2004. Assessment of AGNPS Model for a Watershed in Tropical Environment, Journal of Environmental Engineering of the ASCE, 130(9): 1032 - 1041. (Indexed in : Science Citation Index)
  • Lee, T.S. Najim, M.M.M. and Aminul, M.H. 2004. Estimating Evapotranspiration of Irrigated Rice at the West Coast of the Peninsular of Malaysia, Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 39:103-117. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, GEOREF)
  • Aminul, M.H. Najim, M.M.M. and Lee, T.S. 2004. Modeling Irrigation Water Delivery Schedule for Rice Cultivation in East Coast Malaysia, Tropical Agricultural Research, 16: 204-213. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)
  • Najim, M.M.M. Aminul, M.H. and Lee, T.S. 2004. LPWM Expert: An expert system for water management during land preparation in a paddy estate in Malaysia, Tropical Agricultural Research, 16: 150-158. (Indexed in : CAB Direct, Summon by Serial Solutions)


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Publications in Proceedings

  • N.W.B.A.L. Udayanga and M.M.M. Najim, 2014. Trends in Dry and Wet Events of Rainfall in AththanagaluOya Basin,Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional's Day - October 01 2014, pp. 39 -51. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  • D. Halwatura, Najim M.M.M. and N.W.B.A.L Udayanga, 2013. Impacts of Urban Water Management in AttanagaluOya Basin, In proceeding of: Special session on Urban Water Environment Monitoring & Management, 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, 2013, At Kandy Sri Lanka.
  • D. Waniganethti, M.M.M. Najim and D. Halwatura 2013. Influence of climate change on water management of Paddy in AttanagaluOya basin. Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional's Day - October 01 2013, pp. 29-38. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  • M.T. Jayasuriya and M.M.M. Najim 2013. Assessment of the climate change variability in the intermediate zone of Sri Lanka through continuous wet day rainfall frequency distribution analysis, Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional's Day - October 01 2013, pp. 39-50. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  • N.W.B.A.L. Udayanga and M.M.M. Najim, 2013. Evaluation of the trends in climatic change with respect to severity and occurrence frequency of wet and dry events in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional's Day - October 01 2013, pp. 51-62. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  • D. Waniganethti, M.M.M. Najim and D. Halwatura 2012. Seasonal Variation of Rainfall at AttanagaluOya Basin: Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional's Day - October 01 2012, pp. 31-42. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya.


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Book Publications

  • Gunawardena, M.P. and Najim, M.M.M., 2017. Adapting Sri Lanka to Climate Change: Approaches to Water Modelling in the Upper Mahaweli Catchment Area. In: Climate Change Research at Universities (pp. 95-115). Leal Filho, Walter (Ed.) ISBN: 978-3-319-58214-6 Springer International Publishing.
  • M.M.M. Najim and I.H. Rajapakshe 2011. Health implications related to mismanagement of domestic and municipal wastewater in Sri Lanka. In: Water and Health Reader,Anjal Prakash, Saravanan SV and JayatiChourey(Eds.), ISBN: 978-81-321-0725-5(HB), Sage Publishers, India.
  • DeSilva, S.S., AmarasingheU.S. and Nguyen T.T.T. (Eds), 2009. Better-practice approaches to culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120c, 117 p. Translated to Tamil by M.M.M. Najim and M.S.N. Husna, ISBN 978 1 921531 71 2 (Print), ISBN 978 1 921531 72 (Online)
  • M.M.M. Najim and K.P.K. Jayakody. 2008. Salinity Development in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka - a Review, In: Crop and Forage Production Using Saline Waters, M. Kafi (Ed.) pp319 - 327, ISBN10 81-7035-531-1 and ISBN13 978-81-7035-531-1, Daya Publishing House, Delhi.
  • M.M.M. Najim, 2006. Water Pollution Prevention, Control and Water Conservation, In: Water Pollution in Sri Lanka, N.D.K. Dayawansa (Ed.), ISBN: 955-1308-06-09


Editorial Board member of Journals

  • Editorial Board Member (2014 - to date), Biodiversitas, ISSN 1412-033X, E-ISSN: 2085-4722, Published by The Society for Indonesian Biodiversity and Biology Department, Sebelas Maret University Surakarta (Indexed in: Scopus https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/21100332431 )
  • Editorial Board Member, Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Sciences - ISSN 1391-9318 (2010/11, 2011/12) Published by Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • Editorial Board Member / Sectional Editor, Taprobanica (ISSN 1800-427X), The Journal of South Asian Biodiversity, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. Published Taprobanica Private Limited, Sri Lanka and Research Centre for Climate Change, University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia.
  • Country editor/Editorial Board member, South Asian Water Studies (SAWAS) Journal, www.sawasjournal.org, South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, India. Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Ecology & Development (IJED) - ISSN 0972-9984, 2006-2007, Published by Centre for Environment Social & Economic Research, India (Indexed in: Emerging Sources Citation Index)
  • Chief Editor of the Journal of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka, (ISSN 1391-0671), 2004 - 2006


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