An amendment was made to the section *# of the 1UL2S made under Section #*& read with Section &- C and &- 0 of the Uniersities Act, /o. #$ of #%&',by the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister assi4ned the sub8ect of 9i4her 2ducation bein4 the S!ecified Authority a!!ointed under Section &- : of theaforesaid Act.Preious ; 2<tra ordinary (a)ette /o. #'=# > on .-'.-#**#. All /on;State ?nstitutes which hae been reco4ni)ed as 0e4ree Awardin4 ?nstitutes in !ursuance to the 1e!ort made to the Minister by the S!ecified Authority under Section &- C of the Act and which offer study !ro4rammes leadin4 to 0e4rees in Medicine, 2n4ineerin4, Architecture and other similar !rofessional 0e4rees shall, obtain com!liance certification from the releant S!ecified Professional :ody and shall submit such certification to theS!ecified Authority. Amendment ; 2<tra ordinary (a)ette /o. #'&=5$ > on *#.-#. -# *#. All /on State ?nstitutes reco4ni)ed as de4ree awardin4 ?nstitutes in !ursuance to the re!orts made to the Minister by the S!ecified Authority under Section &-C of the Act and which offer study !ro4rammes leadin4 to 0e4rees in Medicine, 2n4ineerin4, Architecture and other similar 0e4rees also may seet@ com!liance certificates from res!ectie !rofessional bodies.@as in the (a)ette, !robably a !rintin4 mistake for seekB. Accordin4 to this amendment the !re;re"uisite of all non state institutes reco4ni)ed as de4ree awardin4 institutes to obtain a com!liance certificates from !rofessional bodies has become discretionary. Conse"uently, the Sri Lanka Medical Council, which has been mandated to u!hold the "uality and standardsof medical education, will no lon4er hae the !ower to re4ulate the "uality of medical education. ?t is our iew that this is a serious blow to ensurin4 educational standards within non;state institutions. ?t is our firm belief that !rofessional bodies established under acts of !arliament for the !ur!ose of settin4standards and marinatin4 !rofessional inte4rity in their res!ectie areas should continue to fulfill their role without obstruction and interference.3e wish to brin4 to your attention section #% eD of the Medical Erdinance. This section clearly denotes that the Medical Council is the body desi4nated to maintain minimum standards of Medical 2ducation includin4 standards relatin4 to courses of study, e<aminations, staff, e"ui!ment, accommodation, trainin4 and other facilities at uniersities and other institutions which 4rant or confer any "ualification which entitles a !erson to obtain re4istration under the ordinance. 9oweer, this !ower of the Sri Lanka Medical Council as well as other !rofessional bodiesD has been undermined throu4h the aboe mentioned amendment to the Uniersity Act.