Mar 04, Colombo: The inaugural ceremony of the conversion of the Gampaha Wickramarachchi Indigenous Medical College into a University was held under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo this afternoon (04).
Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine (GWUIM) was inaugurated as the first university in Sri Lanka dedicated to Indigenous medical education, the Government Information Department said today.
Started in 1929 by Ayurveda Chakravarty Pandith G.P. Wickramarachchi, with 20 students, the center of learning Siddayurveda tradition of medicine, was established in 1995 as the Yakkala Wickramarachchi Indigenous Medical Institute affiliated to the University of Kelaniya. It was proposed to turn the institute into a university in 2011.
Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka has been established with effect from 01st March 2021 with the objective of promoting it as a Center for Indigenous Medical Education in the South Asian Region.
The university will have full-time academic programs and also introduce new part-time postgraduate and extension programs as an initiative to promote and educate the general public on indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka.
Seven new courses have been added to its curriculum and 350 students in groups of 50 students will be enrolled for year 2021 based on the results of 2020 GCE Advanced Level examination.
President Rajapaksa unveiled the name plate of the Gampaha Wickramarachchi Indigenous Medical University today and opened the four storied building.
The President launched the University website and signed the University Guest Book.
The official logo, flag and anthem were unveiled at the same time. The official logo, flag and anthem were also unveiled at the same time.
Vice Chancellor of the University Senior Professor Janitha A. Liyanage presented souvenirs to the President and the Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris.
The President presented the Vijinipatha to the First Chancellor of the University, Anunayake of the Malwathu Chapter to Most Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero.
Maha Sangha, other religious leaders, Ministers Prof. GL Peiris, Sarath Weerasekara, State Ministers Seetha Arambepola, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Sisira Jayakody, Chief of Defense Staff, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Sampath Amaratunga, Vice Chancellors and University Chancellors were present at the occasion.