Information & communication
The main functions of the Information Division of the Department of Buddhist Affairs is the preparation of various information and statistics relevant to the Department, collecting, and up-dating them. Preparing of such information systematically and releasing them to the Government and Private sectors are also carried out by this Division. The functions carried out by this Division are as follows.
The Act regarding the Right to Information
Information is being released in terms of Right to Information Act No 12 of 2016 to all those who request for information from the Department for various requirements.
Up-dating Information System and the web-site
An information management Data System have been prepared with the assistance of the Information Technology Division of the Ministry of Buddhasasana and by entering the information properly to the Information Management data system there is the possibility to obtain detailed information under various units such as the Nikaya Chapter to which the temples belongs to, number of bhikkus residing, number of Samanera and Upasampada bhikkus among them. Dhamma School, Pirivena, various societies and associations attached to the temples and various programs executed by the temple etc.The information Division up-date these information continuously.
Further the Information Division also up-date the Web-site of the Department of Buddhist Affairs . There is also the possibility to download the relevant information through the dba.gov.lk. website of the Department of Buddhist Affairs.
Up-dating Temple Information
Information regarding temples of all Nikaya Chapters have been up-dated, covering all districts in Sri Lanka
Pali Language promotion program
This program is being carried out annually as a solution to the shortage of teachers with a knowledge in the Pali language of the Dhamma school sector. The expected objective is to nurture the Dhamma school teachers with a knowledge on the Pali language and get them to be engaged in the teaching process. In addition, by this a liking is created for the use of Tripitaka.
This program was carried out successfully in 15 selected centers in 15 districts in the island by providing to the course recipients thesis courses prepared by veterans with Pali language knowledge and the examination was also conducted.
Bhikku Training programs
Bhikku attitude promotion program is being carried out under the guidance of Vinayadhara Dharmadara Ven. Theras for the attitude development of Samanera Bhikkus. This is a residential three day program, providing necessary training and knowledge required by Bhikkus on traditional Pirith chanting and Dhamma preaching ,meditation methods, enhance Shasanika rituals etc.
Providing media publicity for various programs carried out by the Department, supplying information to the media, organizing media discussions and also issuing messages of felicitations of the Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs are being carried out of by the Information Division.
Daily newspapers reports
Providing assistance for taking necessary legal action regarding various reports revealed by daily newspapers, and obtaining reports from various parties for the confirmation of such reports.
Taking action regarding reports and photographs which are defamatory to Buddhism, keeping the Maha Nayaka Theros apprised and provide reports about various allegations, insults made to temples and Bhikkus and on reports of conflicts of Sasana.