Medical Students’ Union is one of the first and foremost of its kindred in Sri Lanka. It proudly steps into the completion of 33 long years as its establishment was in the 80s. The effort taken by our dedicated students which was backed by our honourable Lecturers has made this establishment a success.
The foresighted vision and high ideologies has given the union an inspiring atmosphere and strong foundation. The pioneers of this union had approached the vice chancellor Prof. S. Viththiyananthan with an application to form this union at the eve of July 1980. Their untiring efforts became fruitful when the union was officially registered as the Medical Students’ Union of Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna on 12th December, 1980
We thank and salute the following pioneers:
The first executive committee was chaired by Mr. K. Ketheeswaran. The multi-ethnic student population had Mr. B. M. Mahoob as the secretary of its executive committee.
The first committee was formed for the academic year 1980/1981. The committee comprised of following students:
President : Mr.K.Ketheeswaran
Vice- President : Mr.K.Sakthibalan
Secretary : Mr.B.M.Mahoob
Assist. Secretary : Mr.A.Ananthasivam
Junior treasurer : Mr.P.Ganeshan
Editor : Mr. V. Vigneswaran
Committee members : C.A.Ajith, R.Sasikala, S.Aumbhavan, A.F.Gnanamalar, V.Thivagar
The Medical Students’ Union has strived hard for gaining the students’ rights and welfare and for unifying the strength of the students for the betterment of our society. Medical Students’ Union has been playing a vital role in the development of the medical faculty and the university at large. The student union has been influential in improving the student staff relationship.
MSU had been pivotal in identifying and enhancing the talents of students by providing the platforms for performing through various events ranging from sports to cultural. The Medicos Nite, Medicos Week and the religious festivals as Thai pongal, Vaani vila, Oli vila, Vesak and Ifthar are fruitful in harnessing the latent talent while enriching the social life of the students.
The students’ union has been providing scholarships for the students who are in need to encourage them in their successful educational career. It also extended its services through the photocopy units. ITS, gym, Indoor games center and canteen.
The union has contributed to the welfare of the community through its annual Sathiyendra Memorial blood donation. And also donation for children home and for the needy children of the paediatric wards for medical treatment through the fund obtained from the publication of “ARUMBUGAL”. It is worthy to mention the yeoman service of the MSU to help the survivors of Tsunami in year 2004 and indulging in the relief work along with other helping agencies.
The union has rooted strongly with the coordination participation and dedication of the medical students ideally following, of the students, by the students, for the students. It is unfortunate that some of our students had passed away during the crisis which prevailed for decades and due to illness left a scar in our minds.
It will be still better if we could unite and pledge our support and cooperation to the Medical students’ union to aim higher and give our better services to the community in the future.