Brief History of B.Sc. Physiotherapy course

The Bachelor of Sciences in Physiotherapy is a new course which commenced in the academic year 2006. The course, which traces its beginnings to an initiative by the University Grants Commission to introduce undergraduate courses in paramedical sciences in the year 2004, was planned and designed by a committee comprising of academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, the staff of the School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy of the Ministry of Health, and extended faculty of the main teaching hospital of the University of Colombo - The National Hospital of Sri Lanka.

The core group that developed the course included:Dr. Dujeepa Samarasekara, Senior Lecturer, MEDARC, Faculty of Medicine, ColomboDr. Indika Karunathilake, Senior Lecturer, MEDARC, Faculty of Medicine, ColomboMr. Rohana Perera, Senior Tutor, School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Colombo. Ms. Priyanka Nanayakkarawasam, Tutor, School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Colombo.

A course co-ordinator was appointed by the Faculty of Medicine to co-ordinate the setting up of the course. Prof.Joe Perera, Associate Professor in Anatomy, was the first co-ordinator. He was succeeded in 2005 by Prof.Vajira H.W. Dissanayake, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy. Prof.Vajira H. W. Dissanayake was succeeded by is Dr.Ajith Malalasekera, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy. The present co-ordinator is Dr.Jithangi Wanigasinghe, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics. The course commenced with the admission of the first batch of 28 students based on the results of the GCE A/L held in 2005.