The Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute, affiliated to the University of Kelaniya, is one of the two higher education institutes of Ayurveda education in Sri Lanka. The institute is located at Yakkala 30 km away from the City of Colombo.

In 1928, Ayurveda Cakrawarti Pandith G.P. Wickramarachchi commenced the Gampaha Sidayurveda Vidyalaya as the centre of learning of Sidhayurveda tradition of medicine. It was located in his personal land in Yakkala to provide knowledge and competence in herbal drug preparation and cikitsa to traditional physicians. Drug manufacturing unit, hospital and herbal garden of rare collection of plants were the valuable resources available to the institute at the inception of the Institute.

By recognizing the emerging trends in Ayurveda medicine and its tremendous contribution to national health sector, the vidyalaya was declared as state recognized institute in 1951, making its diploma holders eligible to in state sector Ayurveda hospitals. In 1982 Vidyalaya was incorporated as Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Vidyalaya under the ministry of Indigenous Medicine by the parliamentary act No 30, in 1982. In 1995, it was uplifted to the status of a university institute.

Currently it is offering the Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree, a six year course including one year internship training in state hospitals. Further the institute provides the facility for Ayurveda graduates to upgrade their administrative capabilities by conducting Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Management.

Currently the Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree programme is conducted by five departments of study namely the Department of Ayurveda, Department of Dravyaguna, Department of  Shalya Shalaky, Department of Kaumarabhrity stree Roga and the Department of Cikitsa.

In addition, the Graduate Studies division, the Research and Publication Division, the Computer Center and an Independent Laboratory are in function to facilitate the undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes, which are manned by the senior academic staff members of the Institute, appointed by the Board of management under the recommendation of the board of studies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:39



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Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute,
Kandy Road, Yakkala 11807,
Sri Lanka.

Tel  +94 33-2222748, +94 2222740,
+94 33 2231627

Fax  +94 33-2222739, +94 33 2226618

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