The Postgraduate Institute of Indigenous Medicine (PGIIM) is an Educational Institute set up under the University of Colombo as one of its Institutes under the PGIIM Ordinance No.2048/46 of 8th December, 2017 under the provisions of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978. It thus plays an important role in fulfilling Human Resource requirements for health services, universities and the private sector. It is the responsibility of the PGIIM to provide all the required specialists in major specialties of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani of the Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine as per health minute and academics for the Institutes of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha of the Ministry of Higher Education.

The operational activities of the PGIIM were commenced in March 2019 after conducting the first meeting of the Board of Management on 25th February 2019. The PGIIM is located at the Ayurveda Teaching Hospital, Borella as a temporary arrangement until a permanent building is made available to the PGIIM.

Actions have been taken to obtain the necessary approvals from the Boards of Studies, Board of Management, and Senate of the University of Colombo for the MD degree programs in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani during the year 2020. Accordingly, two degree programs have been approved by the University Grants Commission in year 2020 and four degree programs have been approved by the Quality Assurance Council and the Standing Committee of the UGC and forwarded for the University Grants Commission for its approval.