The Computer Unit was Established Under Dean/Science according U.G.C Regulation in 1985 during the Deanship of Prof K Kunaratnam with his effort. Dr S Kanaganathan was appointed as the First Head of the Computer Unit. later in 1989.
It was functioning in the Mathematics block for several years providing computer laboratory facilities to the final year students and to staff to do their work.
The computer Unit provided Extra mural courses to the society as Certificate and Diploma Courses on Data Processing and Programming Languages.
Unfortunately, the Computer Unit lost all the equipment during the IPKF operation in 1987. It was gradually refurbished with the fund from annual allocation for the University form the U.G.C.
During the time when Department of Computer Science was started, Professor K Kunaratnam allocated two rooms from the Department of Physics for the use of Computer Unit, Department of Computer Science also needing space on the Ground floor of the Mathematics Block, where the Computer Unit was functioning.
Once again, the loss occurred during the Mass Exodus that happened in November 1995 during the escalation of ‘war’ between the Sri Lankan security forces and Tiger rebels. When people returned home from displaced areas in 1996, no equipment was found in the Computer Unit.
It had to be refurbished again by the annual allocation by the University. Under the Deanship of Professor R Kumaravadivel, by his effort, the Computer Unit moved to new locations. Staff rooms and computer server rooms were relocated to the Vithyanathan Library block with the establishment of new laboratories with the consent of the then Librarian Mrs R Pararajasingam and approval of the Council, while two more laboratories were established in the new block constructed next to the Department of Physics and to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Fortunately, the Computer Unit was able to get funds from Asian Development Bank and World bank through national projects under Staff/Student Training Programme on Information Technology, and a number of Computers were purchased under this programme and laboratories were set up in the first floor of the Vithyanathan Library block. Computer Literacy for all was the slogan every one adapted and all students have been taught Computer Literacy since then.
Moreover, we were able to receive funds from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to layout fibre optic network over the campus. Thanks to Professor R Kumaravadivel and Professor V K Samaranayake for their effort and cooperation to receive the fund for this task. In fact, the project was managed by a monitoring committee at the UCSC under the chairmanship of the Director.
It took about ten years to complete the campus wide network in the first phase including premises at the main campus, Faculty of Medicine, Ramanathan Academy at Maruthanarmadam and Siddha Medicine Unit at Kaithady. The ten years was due to unexpected resumption of war between rebels and security forces and some other administrative technicalities and formalities.
Also, Personal Computers and accessories were provided to the Computer Unit, from the Institutional block grant and IRQUE project.