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 Post subject: New medical faculty in Rajarata
 Post Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 6:28 am 
Rajarata new medical faculty to commence work by August

By Kelum Bandara
DM / 11May2006


The proposed Medical Faculty at the Rajarata University will start academic activities by August with 124 students to be admitted for the first batch.

A team of officials from the University Grants Commission (UGC) visited the university to identify a suitable location for the new Faculty last week.

UGC Chairman Prof. Gamini Samaranayake told the Daily Mirror last night that the present buildings used by the Agricultural Faculty at Puliyankulama would be used to house the Medical Faculty by shifting it to Saliyapura, Anuradhapura.

“We will shift the Agricultural Faculty to the Teacher Training School located at Saliyapura, Anuradhapura by a cabinet decision. Then, we can use its buildings for the Medical Faculty,” he said.

Prof. Samaranayake said some medical professors from other universities had already expressed their willingness to work at the new faculty along with the visiting lecturers to be recruited. The Anuradhapura General Hospital will be upgraded as a teaching hospital to facilitate academic activities.

“For the entire northern region, there is only one medical faculty in Jaffna. So, this will benefit the people in areas like Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kurunegala,” he said. The UGC is expecting to obtain assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Rajarata Medical Faculty.


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