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Internship Training for Ayurveda Graduates Resumes with Government Support

June 19, Colombo (LNW): State Minister for Indigenous Medicine, Sisira Jayakody, announced that the internship training for Ayurveda graduates, which had been halted due to the ongoing crisis in the country, has recommenced. He shared this update at a press briefing titled ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’ held at the President Media Centre (PMC) on June 18.

Jayakody highlighted that the internship program provides a monthly stipend of Rs. 67,500, with the government allocating Rs. 320 million to support this initiative. He revealed that, as of June 3rd, internship training has started for 207 graduates of Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani medicine. Furthermore, training for an additional 153 graduates is scheduled to begin by August 12th, bringing the total number of graduates receiving training to 418.

The State Minister also mentioned that the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine and the Department of Ayurveda are actively working on expanding the registration of traditional and indigenous medicine in the country. Applications for registration are open until June 30th.

Jayakody also addressed the issue of trade union actions, criticizing some unions for prioritizing their privileges over national duties, which he argued contributes to the country’s bleak future. He remarked on the inconsistencies in public expectations, pointing out that while some advocate for emulating Japan’s work ethic and Australia’s education system, they often resist implementing similar standards in Sri Lanka. He noted that many parents are willing to sell their properties to fund their children’s education abroad, citing disruptions caused by student unions and protests as barriers to educational reforms.

He urged the public to approach these issues with greater understanding and cooperation.

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