President Declare open the new building for Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) premises at Werahera today, (19th November).
The Faculty of Medicine of the KDU is the only national military medical institution of higher education in Sri Lanka. The faculty is responsible for training and graduation of military medical students. The MBBS course is conducted by well experienced academic and medical professionals. Furthermore it will provide tertiary care facilities to the general public and service personnel while training both undergraduate and post graduate military medical students. Hospital also intends to provide 24/7 service to the public on both payment basis and without charge.
The Poly Technologies Inc. of China will carry out the construction work of this 202 million US dollar project, which is expected to be completed in two years. This teaching hospital, which extends in 56 acre land in Werahera, has been designed by Design Group 5 along Singaporean architects.
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is the only university offering graduate courses in defence studies in the South Asian region. It is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom).
Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa Chief of the Defence Staff, Commander of Army, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Vice Chancellor of KDU, officials of the Ministry of Defencesenior military officers, officials of the Poly Technology Inc in China, Officer Cadets, Local and foreign Students and intellectuals were present at the occasion.
Courtesy:Ministry of Defence Website- http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=President_Declare_opened_the_new_building_for_Faculty_of_Allied_Health_Sciences_Teaching_Hospital_at_KDU_20141119_09
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) was established at KDU in the latter part of 2012 to fulfill a long felt need of Armed Services in producing skilled graduates of Allied Health Professions to serve at the upcoming University Hospital of KDU. The faculty enrolled its first intake of 200 students to five disciplines of BSc degree programmes Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medical laboratory Sciences, Radiography & Pharmacy in January 2013. Currently the student population has risen to 400 and another 200 students are due to be enrolled from January 2015.
In fulfilling a national responsibility in uplifting the standards of Allied Health Professionals in Sri Lanka, the faculty within a year of its establishment commenced enrollment of diploma holders attached to Armed Forces and the Ministry of Health through lateral entry programme to award BSc degrees on successful completion of course programmes.
The Bachelors degrees offered by FAHS are in conformity with the recommendations of University Grants Commission (UGC), Sri Lanka covering 120 Credits of course work delivered over 4 years. Further, the special modules are incorporated in to the 4th year of specialization with a research component carrying over 10 credits with special emphasis on the research component, having the distinction from similar programmes delivered elsewhere. Before long in collaboration with overseas universities, the KDU expects to conduct the postgraduate programmes in Allied Health Sciences to produce specialist practitioners in respective disciplines.
In marking another milestone in the history of KDU in its commitment to produce graduates with multifaceted skills for global employment, the FAHS building was constructed with state-of-the-art facilities in the University Hospital complex at Werahera. The seven storied FAHS building is equipped with modern classroom and skill lab facilities, the first of such facilities in a Sri Lankan university on par with international standards. Further, the gymnasium & indoor courts located with in the building provide undergraduates with host of opportunities to excel in sports.
In the time to come, the FAHS of KDU expects to be the Allied Health Sciences faculty in Sri Lanka producing graduates who have the competencies in facing the challenges of modern & ever changing needs of healthcare environment.