INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE CELL

FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (IQAC- FMS) was established in 2020 under the directive of the Center for Quality Assurance of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Prior to its establishment, Head of the Department of Medical Education has represented the Faculty at the University Senate Standing Committee on Quality assurance. The IQAC- FMS liaises with the different departments of Faculty of Medical Sciences to initiate, plan and supervise activities to uplift the quality of the MBBS programme of the Faculty in line with the National Quality Assurance Framework of Sri Lanka under the directions of the Center for Quality Assurance (CQA), of the University.  The IQAC- FMS is responsible for developing the guidelines relating to the QA activities and overseeing the implementation of such activities. The activities overseen by the IQAC- FMS will comprise of, but not restricted to, the eight programme review criteria identified in the ‘Manual for Review of Undergraduate Study Programmes of Sri Lankan Universities and Higher Education Institutions’ by the University Grants Commission.

The IQAC- FMS operates based on the following broad principles:

  • Adoption of a holistic approach and integrate academic, academic support and administrative activities of the Faculty to ensure fulfillment of the required academic and professional standards.
  • Recognition and appreciation of the diversity of disciplines and/or subject areas offered by the Faculty.
  • Promotion of open-minded discussion among the academic, academic support and administrative staff to enhance confidence on Quality Assurance (QA) and create team-spirit in carrying out QA related activities.
  • Rely on multiple methods and perspectives to improve quality, thus diversity within the faculty is not affected.
  • Adoption of an evidence-based approach to QA with a focus on continuous improvement of academic and administrative activities of the Faculty

The present IQAC- FMS committee was appointed in 2020 for a period of 3 years. Committee meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of each month.

Membership Composition of the IQAC - FMS Committee

Dean of the Faculty or nominee will be the Chair of the IQAC- FMS. Heads of Departments or their nominees from each Department, Chairpersons of Phase 1, 2 & 3, Director Examinations, Clinical Coordinator and the Senior Assistant Registrar  comprise the IQAC- FMS committee. The Coordinator will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, on the recommendation of the Dean based on consensus of the membership. The approval of the Faculty Board shall be obtained for the IQAC- FMS committee. In addition, members will be co-opted depending on the need after obtaining approval of the Faculty Board.

IQAC - FMS Committee

Prof. Renu Wickremasinghe

Chairperson
+94 11 2801028, renuwick@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Maheeka Seneviwickrama

Coordinator
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4176, maheeka@sjp.ac.lk

IQAC- FMS committee members were assigned to eight programme review criteria to function as action plan monitoring committee and SER writing committee.

Prof. Aloka Pathirana
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4000, aloka@sjp.ac.lk

 

Dr. Thushari Dissanayake / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2758672, dissanayakethushari@gmail.com

Mrs. Warnika Amarathunga / Deputy Registrar
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4010, drfms@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Aloka Pathirana
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4000, aloka@sjp.ac.lk

Dr. Nilangika Sandakumari / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4501, sandakumari82@gmail.com

Mrs, Warnika Amarathunga / Deputy Registrar
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4010, drfms@sjp.ac.lk

 

Prof. Manori Gamage / Chairperson Phase III
+94 11 2758654, manorigamage@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Basil Marasinghe / Head of the Department of Medical Education
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4276, rohanabm@yahoo.com

Dr. Chandima Kulathilake / Clinical Coordinator
+94 11 2758718, kulathilakechandima@gmail.com

Dr. Nilanka Perera / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4301, nilanka.dushani@gmail.com

Dr. Kanchana Wijesinghe / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2758660, nilanka.dushani@gmail.com

Prof. Sagarika Ekanayake / Chairperson Phase I
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151, sagarikae@hotmail.com

Prof. Renu Wickremasinghe / Chairperson Phase II
+94 11 2801028, renuwick@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Manori Gamage / Chairperson Phase III
+94 11 2758654, manorigamage@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Basil Marasinghe / Head of the Department of Medical Education
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4276, rohanabm@yahoo.com

Prof. Harsha Dissanayake / Chairperson of the SLMC Accreditation Committee for FMS
+94 11 2758694, harshadis@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Sugandhika Suresh / Coordinator of the Orientation Programme
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151, malalavidhane@yahoo.com

Prof. V. Tennakoon / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2758698, varuni@sjp.ac.lk

Dr. Hiranthini De Silva / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4220, hiranthini@sjp.ac.lk

Dr. Madura Jayawardane / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4376, madurammj@yahoo.com

Prof. Hasini Banneheke / Associate Professor
+94 11 2758681, hasini@sjp.ac.lk

Dr. Maheeka Seneviwickrama / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4176, maheeka@sjp.ac.lk

Dr. Jayamal De Silva / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4551, jayamalds@yahoo.com

Dr. Bandula Wijesinghe / Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4251, bandulawijesinghe@sjp.ac.lk

Dr. Bernadene Fernandopulle / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2758718, bernadene@gmail.com

Dr. Sanath Mahavithanage / Director Examinations
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151, sanath.mahawithanage@gmail.com

 

Dr. Thushari Dissanayake / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2758672, dissanayakethushari@gmail.com

Prof. Usha Hettiarachchi / Professor in Biochemistry
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151, usha@sjp.ac.lk

Prof. Lohini Athiththan / Professor in Biochemistry
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151, lohinia@gmail.com

Dr. Himansu Waidyasekera / Senior Lecturer
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4526, himawaidya@yahoo.com

Dr. Banuri Gunasekara
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4287, banurig@hotmail.com

Workshops / Awareness Programmes Conducted

25th September 2020

Workshop on ‘Programme review – preparation of documents for review’ by Prof. Charmalie Nahallage and Dr. Inoka Uluwaduge

15th March 2021

Workshop to improve the understanding of the evidence for programme review standards held with the participation of Prof. Shalini Sri Ranganathan

16th July 2021

Workshop on “Importance in the Quality Assurance in Curriculum Development” by Prof. Samanthi Senaratne, Director of Center for Quality Assurance

28th July 2021

‘Briefing of the action plan for programme review 2019’ by Dr. Maheeka Seneviwickrama, Coordinator of IQAC- FMS

15th November 2021

‘Demonstration of the QA Cell database’ by Mr. Chamil Kumara, Computer programmer FMS for the Academic and non academic members of the FMS & FAHS

14th December 2021

Student awareness programme titled ‘Student Engagement in Quality Assurance’ for the students of the 29th batch by Dean Prof. Aloka Pathirana, Chairperson IQAC- FMS Prof. Renu Wickremasinghe, Chairperson SLMC Accreditation Committee for FMS Prof. Harsha Dissanayake, and Coordinator IQAC- FMS Dr. Maheeka Seneviwickrama

11th January 2022

Student awareness session at the orientation programme of the 31st batch of Medical undergraduates titled ‘How students can engage in the quality assurance process?’ by Dr. Maheeka Seneviwickrama - Coordinator IQAC- FMS

21st January 2022

Curriculum alignment and achieving learning outcomes by Prof. Samanthi Senaratne- Director CQA for the academic members of the FMS

23rd February 2022

Demonstration on uploading documents to the IQAC database by Mr. Chamil Kumara- Computer Programmer FMS conducted for the Academic and non academic members of the FMS & FAHS

21st April 2022

Demonstration on uploading information to the Academic database by Mr. Chamil Kumara- Computer Programmer FMS conducted for the Academic and non academic members of the FMS

16th September 2022

Demonstration on uploading documents to the IQAC database by Mr. Chamil Kumara- Computer Programmer FMS conducted for the Academic and non academic members of the FMS

14th October 2022

Calculation of workload based on policy document on ‘Academic Ethics and Accountability’ by Prof. Rasika Perera for the Academic members of the FMS

Response to Programme Review 2019

The preceding programme review was conducted in September 2019, following which the IQAC- FMS was revamped in July 2020 and a new committee appointed. The committee members were assigned to eight criterion sub-committees. Each criterion sub-committee was assigned the responsibility of studying the Programme Review Report-2019, scoring given for each standard and the SER relevant to their criterion and to identify activities to be included into the action plan. Meetings were held to discuss the proposed activities by each criterion subcommittee followed by consultative meetings to clarify certain areas activities. A draft action plan prepared by the IQAC- FMS was circulated among the academics and other relevant staff requesting for their comments/suggestions on the 14th July 2021. A special meeting to brief the Faculty on the development of the Action Plan for the Programme review- 2019 was conducted on the 28th July 2021. The action plan was finalized based on the comments/suggestions received and Faculty Board approval obtained on the 8th September 2021 followed by Senate approval on the 7th October 2021. Action plan was submitted to the Quality Assurance Council of the UGC on the 12th October 2021. Throughout the process, Prof. Samanthi Senaratne, Director CQA, was consulted when needed.