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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

A committee to introduce guidelines on standards in medical education in Sri Lanka

Colombo,17 March, (

A committee to introduce guidelines on standards in medical education in Sri Lanka has been formed by the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA).

The ten-member committee will comprise medical professors and specialist doctors while Dr. Sanjeewwa Tennakoon and Dr. Sarada Kannangara will co-chair, Dr. Haritha Aluthge was appointed, the Secretary. This committee was appointed following an Executive Committee meeting of the GMOA. This special meeting is scheduled to meet on 20th March.

The issue of standards in medical education arose when the Attorney General’s Department, representing the Health Ministry in the Court of Appeal stated that the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) did not have the authority to regulate medical education, said Dr. Naveen de Zoysa, the Secretary of the GMOA.

Dr. Zoysa further said it had led to a chaotic situation in the field of health education while the directive by the Appeal Court to provide provisional registration for the medical graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) had triggered a controversy.

The Presidential Committee, chaired by the Justice Minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe comprising the Minister of Higher Education, the University Grants Commission (UGC),the SLMC, the Deans of the medical faculties of state-run universities and the GMOA had met the previous week for a special discussion, Dr. Zoysa said.

Accordingly the committee decided that a set of guidelines be formulated to maintain the standards in medical education.

- Asian Tribune -

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