June 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to consider international education standards and scientific base to restructure the controversial Allied Health Science degree program.
At a meeting held Tuesday under the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's patronage, the education and health authorities have decided that the Allied Health Science (AHS) degree program should be awarded to students on the basis of completion of 120 credits.
University Grants Commission, Vice Chancellors of Peradeniya and Ruhuna Universities, Dean of the AHS Faculty in the Peradeniya University, representatives of Government Medical officers Association (GMOA) and officials of Higher Education and Health Ministries held discussions with President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday.
The education authorities including the dean of the AHS Faculty in the Peradeniya University Dr. Mahinda Wickramaratna agreed with the decision.
The future actions on the decision will however be taken according to the guidance of courts as the courts have provided a decision on the dispute.
The President instructed the Education Minister to enlighten the AHS degree students of the decisions made at the meeting.
The President also stressed the need to provide high quality health service to the public while maintaining the quality of the health service.
The universities that offer the four-year AHS Degree Program slashed the duration of the course to three years and the students of seven universities including Colombo, Jayewardenepura and Ruhuna launched a Sathyagraha campaign that has continued for over160 days.
Peradeniya University Vice Chancellor Professor Athula Senarathna has told Hiru News that students will need four years to complete the required 120-credit degree program and it will be a four-year degree.
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and S. B. Dissanayake and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga also participated in the discussion with the President.
(Photo by Nishanka de Silva)