On-going Training Programmes

School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy training programme was started in Sri Lanka in 1959 under the supervision of Ceylon Medical College Council. It was confined to Colombo until 1988. In 1988  School of Pharmacy was started at National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara.

Training programme was consisted of two years training with one year academic training followed by further year of internship in a medical care institution up to the year  2011. After that  it has been rescheduled and  one year academic training has been extended to one and half years and the internship period  has been reduced to 6 months.   Five subjects namely Pharmaceutics,Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Phamaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical legislation & Ethics are covered during  one and half years academic training period. A Cotinuous Assessment              test is  included to be carried out at the end of 9 months of the training programme as a mid course evaluation and 20 % of the marks of this  is to be  added to the Final evaluation.Training programme is conducted in the medium of English. After successful completion of two years training they will be  awarded a Certificate of Proficiency as Pharmacist by the Ceylon Medical College Council and then they are suitable to be considered for registration under Sri Lanka  Medical Council  to practice as a Pharmacist.

At very beginning two full time lecturers and two visiting lecturers were involved  in the pharmacy training programme at NIHS. Thirty six students were enrolled as the first batch  for the training programme in 1988  and more than 1000 pharmacists have been trained up to date. Majority of them are deployed in various medical care institutions under the Ministry of Health and in Armed  Forces while few of them are employed abroad.

In addition to the basic training of Pharmacists the School of Pharmacy  carries out  In-service training for the Pharmacists and Dispensers, Departmental & Eficiency Bar Examinations for the Pharmacists and Dispensers  and the training of Maldivian Community Health Workers and also externship training of Diploma in Pharmacy students from Maldives.


School of Pharmacy has also contributed to the Community Pharmacy training programme conducted by the Ministry of Health and the training of  Dispensers for the Department of Prison. The school is now awaiting for an orientation programme to be carried out  for the Pharmacy  graduates on their recruitment under the directions of the Ministry of Health.

Ongoing Research Projects

Staff of the NIHS involves with several ongoing research projects. Click here to download the list of research projects that the staff of the NIHS involved. 

Research Publications

National and international scientific presentations and the scientific publications of the academic staff of the NIHS. 

NIHS News Letter

Planing and Information Unit of the NIHS publishes quarterly news letter. Download the latest news letter. 

News Letter 2013 February

News Letter 2013 September           

Code of Conduct for Trainees

All trainees attend the training programmes of NIHS are expected to follow the Code of Conduct of NIHS. Download the Code of Conduct here. 

Prospectus for Training Programmes

Click here to download the prospectus of training programmes


Dr. Nimal Abesiriwardena

Tel: +94 34 2226319

Fax: +94 34 2226319

Deputy Director (Training)
Dr. Ruwan Ferdinando
Tel: +94 34 2222659 
Fax: + 94 34 2222659

Deputy Director (Field Services)

Dr. Sumal Nandasena
Tel: +94 34 2222682
Fax: +94 34 2222682
Tel: +94 34 2222220
Administrative Officer
Tel: +94 34  3306729
MOH Office - Kalutara
Tel: +94 34 2229446
MOH Office - Beruwala
Tel: +94 34 2270276
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