Education Ministry decides to increase number of students admitted to medical faculties by 350

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The government has taken a decision to increase the number of students admitted to medical faculties in government universities by 350 at a discussion chaired by the Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris recently.

This decision has been taken by the Ministry of Education as one of the first steps in the forthcoming educational development process with the objective to formulate a program for all those who qualify for university admissions to pursue a degree or go towards a bachelor’s degree, as stated in the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s “Vision of Prosperity” policy statement and to take steps to increase the number of students currently enrolled in government universities.

The decision was taken in response to a request made by the Minister of Education to the University Grants Commission to take steps to significantly increase the number of students being admitted to universities following several rounds of discussions with the University Grants Commission and the Vice Chancellors and Deans of all Government Universities, including medical faculties, on the background and capabilities needed.

This is the first time that such a large number of students will be admitted to medical faculties of government universities.

Accordingly, the objective of this is to provide admission to a greater number of students as compared to previous years in admitting students to the medical faculties of the universities based on the results of the GCE Advanced Level Examination held in 2019 and thereby increase the number of future doctors joining the human resources of the country.

Secretary to the Ministry of Education Prof. Kapila Perera, Chairperson of the University Grants Commission Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunga, Vice Chairperson Dr. Mrs. Janitha N. Liyanage, officials of the University Grants Commission, Vice Chancellors of Universities and Deans of Medical Faculties were also present on the occasion.

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