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Medical faculty intake increased by 350

By Sarah Hannan

The Ministry of Education has decided to increase the number of admissions to state university medical faculties by 350.

“The decision was taken to reflect the National Policy Framework ‘Vision for Prosperity’ that was published by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which aims to increase opportunities for the youth to pursue tertiary studies for all who qualify for university admissions. Therefore, the Ministry requested from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take the necessary steps to increase the number of students enrolled in universities in comparison to the previous years,” Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris told The Morning.

Following several discussions with the UGC and vice chancellors and deans of the medical faculties of state universities, the Ministry and the UGC came to an agreement to increase the number of intakes by 350.

Accordingly, the aim of this decision is to give more enrolment opportunities than the previous years to students when they are admitted to medical faculties of the universities based on their results at the GCE Advanced Level examination held in 2019, and also to increase the number of future doctors added to the human resources of the country.