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SLMC’s delisting of three prominent State Universities:

Russian Govt. expresses serious concerns

The Russian Government has expressed serious concerns over the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) decision to delist three prominent State Universities including world renowned Patrice Lumumba University.

The Russian Government has been awarding Sri Lanka with scholarships from State universities since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations and thousands of Sri Lankan students have graduated from Universities of Soviet Union and Russian Federation since then. A Senior official of the Russian Cultural Centre who wished to be anonymous told the Daily News yesterday that the two countries had signed an agreement recognising the degrees offered by the Russian and Sri Lankan state universities.

He said over 1500 students who have excelled in the Advanced Level examinations are presently studying in Russia.

Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation have signed a number of agreements promoting almost all sectors including education since the establishment of diplomatic relations 60 years ago. The SLMC decided to delist three prominent state universities, namely the People’s Friendship University of Russia (Formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University), Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University and the Tver State Medical University.

SLMC sources said that this decision was taken following a thorough review. He said that the Council had arrived at this decision before the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision was announced at the SLMC Annual General Meeting in June.

Meanwhile, the Russian Centre in a media communique yesterday said that this decision has been taken by the SLMC without prior information despite the fact that the SMC held several meetings with the officials of these Russian Universities who visited Sri Lanka throughout the past years, and regular payments to the SLMC were made by the universities in order to maintain the membership.

“The Cultural Section of the Russian Embassy hopes that the SLMC’s decision will not influence the practice of providing Russian State Scholarships to Sri Lankan citizens in future, causing a loss of opportunities to young individuals to pursue their higher education free of charge in prominent Russian universities,” the statement said.

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