The first international conference on Asian Heritage was held in Colombo.
The international conference was launched at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute under the patronage of Ministers Dr. Jagath Balasuriya and T.B. Ekanayake. More than 100 scholars from Sri Lanka, England, India, Pakistan, Iran and Bangladesh participated in the occasion. Nearly 150 research papers were presented. The Conference was held with the auspices of the Cultural Ministry, Central Cultural Fund and the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.