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Indigenous Medicine

Terms of Reference




The Standing Committee on Indigenous Medicine at its 37th Meeting held on 04th March 2013 having discussed the Terms and References of the Standing Committee and recommended the same for the approval of the Commission.


To provide a consultative forum that can effectively address issues of learning, teaching, research and staffing in Indigenous medicine in Universities /institutes on Sri Lanka at Undergraduate and postgraduate levels


The functions of the Standing Committee on Indigenous medicine are.

  1. To assist in the formulation and dissemination of policies, practices and procedures and to initiate actions on policy directions issued by the UGC from time to time and take steps to implement prescribed initiatives, Programmes and activities at Institute, Department and Unit level.
  2. To evaluate proposals submitted by institutes, Departments and units teaching Indigenous medicine with respect to curricular reforms and curriculum for new study Programmes and submit recommendations to the Commission.
  3. To propose timely changes in curriculum, evaluation and revision in indigenous medicine study programs.
  4. To encourage creation and dissemination of avenues for research and publication.
  5. To promote research, innovations and outreach Programmes for regional/ national development.
  6. To promote and facilitate the transfer of new knowledge and technology developed in HEIs to the community.
  7. To promote networking and strategic partnerships between HEIs, treatment centers, industry and private sector.
  8. To evaluate proposals submitted by Institutes for the establishment of new Departments/ units and submit recommendations to the Commission.
  9. To function as a catalytic unit to promote new initiatives and reforms to improve and advance quality and relevance of teaching/learning/research both undergraduate and post graduate Degree Programmes on Indigenous medicine and convey to the Commission for consideration


Members Information

Membership Name Designation University/HEI
Chairman Prof. (Ms.) Vasanthy Arasaratnam Commission Member Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, Kokuvil
Secretary Mrs. Janadari Wijesinghe Deputy Secretary/Academic Affairs University Grants Commission
Prof. (Mrs.) P.A. Paranagama Director ,Institute of Indigenous Medicine Institute of Indigenous Medicine
Prof.M.S.M. Shiffa Head/Unani Section Institute of Indigenous Medicine Institute of Indigenous Medicine
Dr. (Mrs.) S. Pancharajah Representative for Head/Siddha Medicine Unit University of Jaffna
Mrs.Pushpalatha Dissanayake Representative for Additional Secretary (Administration)/MOE
Dr. K.C. Perera Sectional Head/Ayurveda Institute of Indigenous Medicine
Dr.VVarnakulendran Head, Siddha Medicine Trincomalee,Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Mr. H.S.S. Iddamgodage Representative for Ayurveda Commissioner:Deputy Ayurveda Commissioner Department of Ayurveda
Dr. Harsha Dharmawijaya UGC nominee
Dr. W.A.L. Chandrasiri Welivita For Director Gampaha Wickramaarachchi Ayurveda Institute
Prof. Wasantha Gunathunga Acting Director/PGIIM Postgraduate Institute of Indigenous Medicine
Mr. Jayantha Wijayabandara Director Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurvedic Research Institute
Dr. Thayalini Thilipan Head/Sidda Medicine Unit University of Jaffna