The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the Country’s premier Healthcare training institute, with a vision to be the heart of innovative development of healthcare professionals for the globe, has joined hands with Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd to train 60 nurses for their new state of the art hospital chain. IIHS will be delivering an 18 month Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (Assistant Nursing) program locally for the selected nurses from Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd.

Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS & Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda-Director/General Manager Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd at the MOU signing ceremony

Browns & Company PLC is a diversified conglomerate with operations in seven industry sectors and has a history of over 135 years, delivering quality in products and services to Sri Lankans everywhere. Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC, is a new venture established with the aim of developing a chain of secondary care general hospitals and diagnostic centers to deliver quality care through comprehensive integrated clinical practice

Audience that attended the inauguration ceremony

and personalized care to every patient. Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd has acquired St. Peter’s Hospital, Ragama and are in the process of expanding it in to a 60-bed multi-specialty hospital offering curative, preventive and rehabilitative services with a 24 hour OPD/ETU, modern theatre facilities, general surgery, obstetric, gynecological and pediatric units and a 24 hour pharmacy.
The launching ceremony of this collaboration was held on 18th of February, 2013 at IIHS with the presence of delegates from Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd and IIHS. Elaborating on the training program, the Deputy Chairman of IIHS, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe said “Qulity of Nursing care is the most vital part of the total patient care in today’s context. IIHS has designed the training

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe - Deputy Chairman-IIHS addressing the gathering

program for Browns Healthcare Nurses benchmarking the Australian (Enrolled) Nursing program which focuses on developing skilled based knowledge of the nurses which enables them to deliver a high quality nursing care to patients. This programme does not confine the trained nurse to the Diploma level, but provides

Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda-Director / General Manager Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd addressing the gathering

great pathways to develop their knowledge by extending their academic pathway to the Bachelors level as well as Masters and PhD levels in local and international settings. Dr. Edirisinghe further stated that he is very happy to join hands with Brown Healthcare as their training partner. Dr Edirisinghe emphasized that all hospitals should look in to the quality of nurses training in order to up lift the standards of the holistic healthcare provision in Sri Lanka and bring it to an international standards.
Director/General Manager of Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd, Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda said “we are glad to join hands with IIHS to provide quality Nurses training as the quality would be the “Living Fabric” of our hospital which ensures maximum value to our customers. Quality nursing care has been always a challenge for all the hospitals in Sri Lanka and we are glad to partner with IIHS who have a proven record of producing quality Nurses across the world including highly developed countries like Australia Dr. Narangoda said.

Management of Browns Healthcare & IIHS

Recruited students for the Nursing program

IIHS Student Irosha Pursues her dream to become a Biotechnology Researcher

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier healthcare education provider in Sri Lanka is the 01st institute to initiate an Australian Biotechnology programme in Sri Lanka. IIHS is an “Extended Campus of Box Hill Institute in Australia” and conducts the 1st year of the Diploma of Laboratory Sciences (Specialising in Biotechnology) programme and transfers the students to Box Hill Institute in Melbourne Australia to complete the final year. On completion of the Diploma the students can enter the 2nd year of the 3 year Bachelor of Biotechnology & Innovation programme at Box Hill Institute Melbourne or transfer to many universities across Australia to read for their Bachelors with exemptions.

Biotechnology is based on the science of living organisms. Some people predict that Biotechnology would become the fourth major revolution in the world, after the Agricultural, Industrial and Information revolution, by having a big impact on our lives and our communities as well as our economy. The field of Biotechnology is very broad and it includes areas that reach from Bio fuels, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutics, Biomedical devices as well as Human health science. Modern use of similar terms includes Genetic Engineering, Molecular Biology, Hybridization, Cell and Tissue culture Technology etc. Thus students who peruse studies in the field of Biotechnology will have wide range of employment opportunities across many fields.

Irosha Devasigamani is one of the students in the 01st batch of IIHS Biotechnology programme. ‘’I am Irosha Devasigamani from Mattakkuliya, currently doing my first year of Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Specializing in Biotechnology) programme at IIHS and will be finishing the Diploma next year in Australia. I had my initial education in India and then came to Sri Lanka and joined St.

Nicholas International School for my London O/Ls and A/Ls. From my school age I had a dream of getting in to research which I loved so much and my preferred field was Biotechnology. So after A/Ls I was looking for an internationally recognized Biotechnology programme and at the same time I didn’t want to leave Sri Lanka immediately. So finally I came across the perfect match for me which is the Biotechnology programme at IIHS, an extended campus of Box Hill Institute-Melbourne Australia. I’m happy to say that I was the 01st student to register for the programme, and I’m really enjoying the excellent exposure we receive during our studies at IIHS.

This field has very high demand internationally and in Sri Lanka as well. After starting this programme I realised how much I could learn and how challenging it is to carry out many projects, but most importantly, I enjoyed doing it. Our first project was to formulate a pesticide for Mealy-bugs, which were harmful pests found in green houses and commonly on any plant. The project was carried out successfully with great support from the lecturers and the programme coordinators. We have already finished our own individual projects, and I worked on producing wine from Pineapple, and others did projects such as development of a Hand sanitization gel, water filtration system, green house project, compost project and so on. These group and individual projects are a very good method for us to express our own ideas and the skills in research.”

Irosha explaining further about the programme says, “The lecturers at IIHS are well qualified and always helpful and able to combine studies with a fun teaching environment. Our campus is a wonderful place, which operates under the green concepts. The culture of the campus is very friendly. The industrial placement we get during the studies at IIHS was great. We were placed in the laboratory settings of a large conglomerate in Sri Lanka and in few of the leading laboratory chains in Sri Lanka.

I want to complete my studies at IIHS and then to transfer to Australia to complete the Diploma and then the Bachelors. We will also get Industrial placements during the final year of the Diploma in Australia as well as during the final year of the Bachelors in Australia. This would be a great opportunity for us to get exposed to the best industrial practices in international settings.

There are ample of opportunities for qualified candidates in both local and International settings. Some of them are as follows.
Research & Development – Scientific Director, Scientist, Research Associate, Bio-informatics Scientist/Engineer, Bio-informatics Analyst/Programmer, Molecular Modeler and Forensic Scientist�Operations – Process Development Manager, Process Development Technician, Calibration Technician, Toxicologist and Environmental Engineers.

Quality – Quality Control (QC) Manager/Supervisor, QC Analyst, Quality Assurance Manager/Supervisor, Quality Assurance (QA) Documentation Specialist and Validation Manager.

Clinical Research – Clinical research is a main component of any job in Biotechnology. You can become a Clinical Research Manager, Bio-statistician, Clinical Data Manager/Associate, Manager of Regulatory Affairs or Medical Affairs Director.

Biotech Pharmaceutical Jobs – Clinical pharmacist, Clinical researcher, Pharmaceutical representatives and Process engineer.

In the long run I want to study further up to the PhD level in Biotechnology, gain valuable international experience and one day to start up my own research laboratory. I consider this a once in a lifetime opportunity to fulfil my future dreams says Irosha.

If you have the same passion to become a figurehead in the Biotechnology arena, join IIHS to make your dreams a reality.

Registrations are now on. For more information, contact IIHS on 0114 651144 / 0774 142398 / 0727 115114 / 0773 114381 or visit us at No. 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or our website:

Hon Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister of International Monitory Corporation and Deputy Minister of Finance& Planning graced the IIHS Graduation Ceremony on 3rd December, 2012 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo. Twenty students graduated as Postgraduate Diploma holders in Hospital Administrationpathway for the final year of the Master of Health Services Management at ECU & La Trobe University Australia. Students who completed a three year diploma in pharmacy were awarded their diplomas while students completing a three year Diploma in General Nursing were awarded their diplomas and would be moving to Deakin University, Australia to complete the final year of their Bachelors.

A further fifteen students were recognized for completing one year of their Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) program and will be completing the Diploma at TAFE South Australia. Students of the Laboratory Technology (specializing in Biotechnology) program received their certificates for completing the first year of their program and they too would be moving to Australia to complete their diploma at the Box Hill TAFE Institute in Melbourne.

Students from the Diploma in Physiotherapy program moving on the Associate Degree in Physical Therapy in State University of New York (SUNY), Canton were also felicitated at this event.

Ms. Sonya Boylan 1st Secretary Immigration- Australian High Commission Colombo addressing the gathering

Dr. Amal Harsha Provincial Director of Health Western Province presenting awards

Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Director GSM presenting awards

Mr. Eastman Narangoda Former Chairman Seylan Bank presenting awards

Ms.Harriet Gardner Assistant Director British Council presenting certificates

Rohitha Jayasinghe was awarded the Most Outstanding Student-Diploma in Pharmacy

Shehani Niranga was awarded the Most Outstanding Student-Enrolled Nursing

Piumi Dinusha was awarded the Most Outstanding Student-Biotechnology 2012

Kasun Anuradha was awarded the Special Award 2012 for Extracurricular Events

Vidyajyothi Prof. Rezvi Sheriff, Senior Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo, Consultant Physician and Nephrologists awarded the Most Outstanding student 2012 Award to Preethi Kumari

Graduates- Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Administration

Graduates- Diploma in General Nursing Deakin University Pathway & Diploma in Physiotherapy SUNY Canton USA pathway & Diploma in Pharmacy

Nursing & Biotechnology graduates transferring to TAFE SA & Box Hill Institute in Australia

The chief guest Hon Dr. Sarath Amunugama , Senior Minister of International Monitory corporation and Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning lighting the oil lamp

The new entrants of IIHS showed a most creative and artistic side to themselves at the first annual drama completion. A drama competition with a difference that stayed true to the ‘green’ ethos of IIHS, it was held on the ground of the Campus.

The students had put much thought and effort into the props and costumes and displayed amazing confidence and talent as they took the audience through four very different plays. They were adaptations of ‘Dear Departed’ and the TV show ‘mind your language; together with two original scripts ‘Quack’ a story about a fake doctor and ‘Entangled’ a story involving a prince, beautiful girls and a hero on a motorcycle. The use of the grounds for maximum effort together with amazing sound effects earned the latter team the top prize in the competition.

The distinguished panel of Judges comprising Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Mrs. Nanayakkara, Dr. Nihal De Silva and Mr. Cyril Surasinghe were most impressed with the level of talent and creativity of the students and commended all four groups on their performance.

Ms. Anne Shehani was awarded the prize of best actress for her role as ‘Prince Charming’ and Mr. Shafin Majid won the best actor title for his brilliant depiction of ‘Ali’.

Mr. Shafin Majid won the Best Actor title for his brilliant depiction of ‘Ali’.

Ms. Anne Shehani Collecting the award for the Best Actress in her role as ‘Prince Charming’

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