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University Grants Commission - Sri Lanka

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Medicine & Dental Sciences

Terms of Reference

 The UGC, empowered by Section 4(2) of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, as and when required appoints Standing Committees for specific purposes, consisting of such members and with such powers, duties and functions as may be determined by the Commission. The Chairman of each Standing Committee shall be a member of the Commission.

The main role of the Standing Committee on Medical and Dental Sciences would be to function as the advisory body to UGC and vigorously pursue/promote Medical, Dental and Allied Health Sciences p rogrammes according to universities.

In this regard the following specific activities will be pursued:

  • Initiate actions on policy directions issued by the UGC from time to time and take steps to implement prescribed initiatives, programmes and activities at university/campus/institute level.
  • Evaluate proposals submitted by universities/Institutes with respect to curricular reforms and curriculum for new study programmes and submit recommendations to the Commission.
  • Evaluate proposals submitted by Universities/Institutes for the establishment of new Departments/Faculties/Institutes and submit recommendations to the Commission.
  • Frame guidelines for planning of new undergraduate degree programmes, namely, a) ways and means of evaluating need and demand, b) graduate profile, c) structure of the study programme, d) courses and intended learning outcomes and planning for course modules, e) evaluation procedures and f) credit qualification framework for Medical, Dental and Allied Health Sciences Degree related study programmes.
  • Function as a catalytic unit to promote new initiatives and reforms to improve and advance quality and relevance of Medical, Dental and Allied Health Sciences Degree related study programmes and convey to the Commission for consideration.


    Members Information

    Membership Name Designation University/HEI
    Chairperson  Prof. Vasanthy Arasaratnam Chairperson/ Standing Committee on Medicine and Dental Sciences
    Secretary Mrs. Janadari Wijesinghe Deputy Secretary/Academic Affairs University Grants Commission
    Prof. Vidya Jyothi Vajira H. W. Dissanayake Dean/Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo
    Prof. Asiri Abeygunawardena Dean/Faculty of Medicine University of Peradeniya
    Dr. J.A.V.P. Jayasinghe Dean/Faculty of Dental Science University of Peradeniya
    Prof. Aloka Pathirana Dean/Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Prof Janaki Hewavisanthi Dean/Faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya
    Dr. S Raviraj Dean/Faculty of Medicine University of Jaffna
    Prof. Wasantha Devasiri Dean/Faculty of Medicine University of Ruhuna
    Dr. Angela Arulpragasam Anthony Dean/Faculty of Health Care Sciences Eastern University of Sri Lanka
    Prof.Senaka Pilapitiya Dean/Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences University of Rajarata
    Prof Sanjeewa Bowatte Dean/Faculty of Medicine Wayamba University, Sri Lanka
    Prof Nirmalee Wickramarathne Dean/Faculty of Medicine Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka
    Prof. R.A.N.K. Wijesinghe Dean/Faculty of Medicine/KDU General Sir John Kotalawala Defense University
    Prof. Senaka Rajapakse Director Postgraduate Institute of Medicine
    Dr. Sunil De Alwis Additional Secretary (MS) Ministry of Health
    Prof. S.A.M. Kularatne Senior Professor/ Chair of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya (UCG Nominee)
    Dr. Sudath Samaraweera Acting Deputy Director-General/ Training and Research/ Ministry of Health & Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (UGC Nominee)

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