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Government policy decisions on medical education

The government announced its policy measures taken to ensure standards of medical education and freedom of education.

The policy decisions were made jointly by the Ministry of Higher Educations, Highways and Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Presidential Secretariat. Compulsory basic qualifications for medical education are to be legalized as an essential condition under these decisions.

Educational level of registered private medical institutions, definite status of operation and management, and standards of education in medicine have been made compulsory.

All private medical institutes should be listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange while making their operations under a board of control and an institute with people’s ownership.

According to the new policy decisions SAITM students who qualified at the final examination relation to medical degree will be given clinical training at Homagama or Avissawella government hospitals. These students will have to sit for a separate test to be conducted under the supervision of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The government has focused attention on the suspension of the enrollment of the new students to SAITM till the implementation of the policy decisions.

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