Following the resumption of academic session and the intimation from the universities in Sri Lanka, 149 scholarship students pursuing MBBS have returned to their respective universities on 4th and 5th of September 2020. Their travel amidst the nationwide lockdown was facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MFA) and the Department of Adult and Higher Education(DAHE), MoE. While the travel clearance and the flight arrangement were coordinated by MFA, DAHE had facilitated in seeking logistic support with the universities, seeking information on return journey and the requirement from the universities and RBE, Dhaka to help and parents and students make informed decision and seeking in-country travel clearances.

Similarly, the Department had also facilitated the travel of 7 scholarship students of AIIMS (2 new and 5 ongoing) on 22nd and 24th August respectively in collaboration with RBE, Delhi and MFA to enable them to make it for the scheduled professional examinations and academic sessions.

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic leading to the closure of educational institutions across the globe, most undergraduate scholarships in the region have returned home. However, the closure of the universities and colleges have not led to a complete stand still of their learning process as the students are engaged in various learning modes through e-learning platforms. In order to facilitate that the students complete their study within the scheduled course duration, different universities in different countries have adopted different strategies.  While some have done away with the semester/term end examinations and the results arrived at by extrapolating pro-rata the performance of students in the continuous/internal assessment, some have devised other strategies of assessments including the arrangement for the conduct of examinations. In tandem with the mandate of providing support service to the students studying abroad, the Scholarship and Student Support Division of the Department of Adult and Higher Education had facilitated to conduct the examinations of 45 MBBS students from Sri Lanka who have returned home following the closure of their universities due to Covid-19 pandemic. The details of the number of students from each universities whose examinations were conducted are as follows:

  • Colombo: 13
  • Kelaniya: 14
  • Peradeniya: 18

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