History of AHS

University of Jaffna has recognized the need to offer courses in Allied Health Sciences and made provision for paramedical school in the corporate plan. Inadequate facilities and the unrest situation delayed commencing of these courses.

In 2003, the University Grants Commission invited Faculties of Medicine to initiate discussions on commencing six degree courses at the universities in Sri Lanka such as Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational therapy

A special Faculty Board meeting held on 15th July 2004 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna made the decision to commence the three degree courses including Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy at the beginning and to commence the other courses in the years to come. This was approved by the Faculty Board, Senate and University Grants Commission (UGC).

Inauguration of the Allied Health Sciences degree programme was held on 7th August 2006 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna. Students who sat for the G.C.E A/L Examination in the year 2005 were admitted for the academic year 2005/06. This first batch of students has completed their studies in year 2011 and Eighth batch of students graduated from the faculty in 2019.

In September 2011, the UGC has approved the request made by the University of Jaffna to establish the Unit of Allied Health Sciences (UAHS). Staff recruited to teach Allied Health Sciences automatically absorbed to UAHS. The foundation stone for a separate building for Allied health Sciences has been laid by minister of Higher Education on 29th, August 2010, in the land attached to the Faculty of Medicine. The new building for UAHS was ceremonially opened by Honourable Minister S.B. Dissanayakae, Ministry of Higher Education, on 28th September 2012.