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FUTA Writes to Prof. Carlo

FUTA Writes to Prof. Carlo

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FUTA has written a letter to Prof. Carlo Fonseka who is the President of Sri Lanka Medical Council, and says, they concerned about the recent amendment made to the Uniersities Act which has s!ecific conse"uences for medical education. The amendment made to the Uniersity Act no #$ of #%&' by means of (a)ette notification !ublished on *#st +anuary -#.Full letter of FUTA to the President of Sri Lanka Medical Council as follows-&.-.-#Prof. Carlo Fonseka,President,Sri Lanka Medical Council,*#, /orris Canal road,Colombo #-.0ear Sir,Power and 1es!onsibility of Sri Lanka Medical Council to !rotect the standards of Medical 2ducation3e, re!resentin4 more than %56 of the members of the academic community of Sri Lankan state uniersities, are 4raely concerned about the recent amendment made to the Uniersities Act which has s!ecific conse"uences for medical education. The amendment made to the Uniersity Act no #$ of #%&' by means of (a)ette notification !ublished on *#st +anuary -# is as follows7
 Friday, 07 February 2014
 
 An amendment was made to the section *# of the 1UL2S made under Section #*& read with Section &- C and &- 0 of the Uniersities 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.Preious ; 2<tra ordinary (a)ette /o. #'=# > on .-'.-#**#. All /on;State ?nstitutes which hae 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 releant 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!ectie !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 hae 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!ectie 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 uniersities and other institutions which 4rant or confer any "ualification which entitles a !erson to obtain re4istration under the ordinance. 9oweer, this !ower of the Sri Lanka Medical Council as well as other !rofessional bodiesD has been undermined throu4h the aboe mentioned amendment to the Uniersity Act.

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