KIU commences academic year

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By 2018-02-14

The inauguration ceremony of the third batch including BSc. Hons in Biomedical Science, BSc. Hons in Psychology, BSc. Hons in Medical Science in Acupuncture, Bachelor of Management Honours in Human Resources, Accounting and Marketing was held at the KIU Auditorium under the patronage of Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. KIU took a historic step to award the BSc. Hons in Biomedical Science Degree to Government Diploma holders in Medical Laboratory technology and also took around 100 students with the Government loan scheme offered to students who successfully completed the GCE A/L in 2015. The honorary Vice Chancellor of KIU Prof. Neluka Fernando and Dr. Jagath Senevirathne, CEO and President of KIU welcomed the Minister and other guests, a press release stated.

KIU offers Bachelor of Science Honours in Biomedical Science to Diploma holders in Medical Laboratory Technology who are currently practising in State hospitals as medical laboratory technologists in order to upgrade their educational qualifications. B.Sc. Hons in Biomedical science degree is a four-year Degree course. Registered DMLT holders were given 31 credits exemption form 120 credits with the approval from the Ministry of Higher Education. This enables the DMLT holders to complete their degree in approximately two and a half years.

In an attempt to expand higher education opportunities in the country, the Government and the non – State sector, in the Budget Proposal of 2017, provided opportunities to students who qualified at the G.C.E Advanced Level but failed to enter a State university, to register for a Degree programme in selected non-State sector institutes. The Government provides opportunities to students who were unable to bear the cost of course fees at foreign universities, foreign university affiliated with local institutes or at local Non-State Degree Awarding Institutes recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Dr. Rajitha Senarathne spoke of the importance of new Degree opportunities, stressing the fact that it is crucial for the country to produce graduates not only marketable in Sri Lanka but internationally too. Saman Rathnapriya, (President of Health Services Trade Union Alliances) and Ravi Kumudesh, (President, College of Medical Laboratory Science, Sri Lanka) also graced the occasion.

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