Local News from Sri Lanka: The newly built academic center at the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) in Colombo was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (21). PGIM is the only formal educational institution in Sri Lanka that provides medical doctors with specialist training and board certification.
The institute was established in 1980 with the aim of producing specialists of the highest quality, competence and dedication to provide the people of Sri Lanka with optimum health care without dependence on foreign institutes.
The government has assigned Rs. 2.5 billion for the institution’s development of equipment and the new building’s construction price is Rs. 1.6 billion.
Among the major gatherings at the opening ceremony were Minister Rauff Hakeem, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine Wasantha Perera, Director General of Health Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan de Silva, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo Senior Professor Chandrika Wijeratne, Director of the PGIM Prof. Janaka de Silva.