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SB accuses GMOA of sinister motive

2013 Jul 27

Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday that the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) was opposed to allied health science degrees awarded by the Peradeniya University.

The Minister was responding to a query raised by Kalutara District UNP MP Ajith P. Perera, who asked what action the government, which had executive powers and a two thirds majority in Parliament, could do to prevent it.

The Minister said: "We have tried several times. But none of those efforts worked. Finally, the issue went before the Supreme Court. A panel of judges including former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, ordered that a methodology should be evolved by the University Grants Commission and the GMOA. According to the agreement reached by them it was decided that Peradeniya University would offer a three-year general degree and a four-year special degree in allied health sciences. But, it is hard to implement the programme." (SI)

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