Students’ Union of the first batch to graduate from the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) said today they too deserve to serve as doctors in Sri Lanka and underscored their competency as being on par with those from State medical faculties.
At a media conference the union representatives rejected media reports and allegations debasing their medical degree.
They said it was disappointing that the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) and other groups continued to make baseless allegations against SAITM without having a proper understanding of the real situation.
The union said the Government had failed to provide an opportunity to a majority of those who had passed the GCE A/L exam to study for the medical degree. It emphasized the need for government support for SAITM and other private sector medical college.
Piranaby Varathan, a 3rd year SAITM student said they were hurt by claims made by outsiders about their university and their education, because they work so hard to realize their dream to become doctors as much as students who study at state universities.
“We are happy and proud to say studied at SAITM, the only place to provide us opportunity to serve our motherland as doctors. If not for SAITM we would have gone aboard for medical studies. We want to serve our country and our people. Those who point fingers at SAITM do not do not care about the real situation. It hurts us because we know how difficult for our parents to send us here,” he said.
Tharindu Ruwan pathiranage a SAITM graduate said they were not stupid to jeopardise their education and their lives by joining SAITM.
To a question asked by a journalist he said as far as they were concerned SAITM had not received any news of the Government nationalising the institution. (Piyumi Fonseka )
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Comments - 37
Reviewcric Thursday, 08 September 2016 07:18 PM
Its great to see such well mannered students at saitm. Hope you guys get through as doctors and hopefully you will all be the future of the Gmoa. So that there ends discrimInation to students who work just as hard as local students.
Reviewcric Thursday, 08 September 2016 07:20 PM
Umm students who enter the medical faculty after studying abroad are sent outstation and they are discriminated by doctors who have got thru the lock system. Better have a system where all can enter.
PolDoc Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:39 PM
Govt doctors from villages had lower marks at A Levels than SAITM students
jamal Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:45 PM
Oh no you dont. via DM Android App
gamaya Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:58 PM
Jaya Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:05 PM
Very well said. All the students in SAITM are well desiplin and deserved for the job. I am sure majority of them will go for higher studies after their MBBS degree without starting a dispensary shop in the town. Most of the Govt. Graduate work in pvt dispensaries before they starting their internship. It is not legal. SLMC IS SLEEPING.
Unchikun Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:10 PM
Yes, you have the right to practice as doctors. You have better Z scores that the students in state universities studying medicine. We need more good private universities and colleges in Sri Lanka to fill the vacuums for qualified and good doctors.
bawa Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:12 PM
I hope all these people that are for private medical schools are also willing to get treatment from them!
johan Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:16 PM
Students studying in govt.universities practice pig culture andthey are jealous of SATIM students about theirbehaviour and their disciplinary characters etc.That is the difference and all are the children of the samemotherland.
Jimmy Thursday, 08 September 2016 02:27 AM
I am an idiot with parents who have money, and want to be a Doctor. Go to SAITM.
usuf Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:20 PM
Those Doctors who had d privilege of free education r jealous of d prvy. med. college. via DM Android App
wijelion Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:34 PM
first lets send these newly graduates to serve in remote areas of the country for few years.. so if these are real doctors who wants to serve our country will happily take the opportunity . isn't it? (for those who support the SAITM)
SAIN Thursday, 08 September 2016 04:35 AM
I will definitely go to them for treatment. Why? not. They will be better. I take a bet.
Coconut Republic Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:41 PM
Including our MP'S AND MINISTERS AND HIGHER
waco Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:42 PM
Privatise all Medical Colleges in Sri Lanka to solve this issue.We will have high quality and knowledgeable Doctors.
praba Thursday, 08 September 2016 04:58 AM
True. SAITEM students belong to higher class so can become better doctors than " pigs" studying in gov medical schools.
dham Thursday, 08 September 2016 05:13 AM
SAITM should disclosed those degree holders entry level qualification in developed countries only able to get medical degree best of the best eg. Australia 99.9 atair score. Others have paths related to medical field. via DM Android App
Don Thursday, 08 September 2016 05:33 AM
Even the students who study abroad have to sit for the local exam to get accredited as mbbs. So whats the problem doing the same for SAITM students The issue smells like jealousy. via DM Android App
firdhous Thursday, 08 September 2016 02:13 PM
I am afraid these guys too may load more body parts into their vehicles when they are appointed.
Perumal Thursday, 08 September 2016 02:24 PM
Oh yes Bawa, you know why? In State Universities they become doctors at my own expense and end up killing me in every sense and at SAITM they spend their own money and then end up killing me . I prefer the latter.
Critizen Thursday, 08 September 2016 07:59 AM
Bawa you are an idiot. It doesn't matter saitm or satan where they study if they have the qualification then they can practice There are plenty doctors from our state universities who are useless By denying education to these students you are taking away their basic rights..These gmoa should be charged on criminal charges for obstructing the cause of justice w
Dee Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:08 AM
The quality and output of anyone who has paid for education is allways better than the free eds. They value whatever they learn. Free eds just protest and behave like wild animals.
ANTON Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:26 AM
WHY DO MOST OF OUR WEALTHY PEOPLE GO ABROAD FOR MEDICAL TREATMENTS ? BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO CONFIDENCE WITH OUR GOVERNMENT MBBS DOCTORS.
ANTON Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:29 AM
DEAR NEW DOCTORS, I AM SURE YOU HAVE NOT LEARNT ONE THING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT DOCTORS KNOW WELL, ........ TO STRIKE !!!
palle Thursday, 08 September 2016 03:51 PM
@Roshan:If the best of the best students in government universities can't make it, how can a bunch of idiots in SAITM make it?
Herath Thursday, 08 September 2016 03:51 PM
I think she deserve to be a doctor based on her A/L results. But I don't think SAITM deserves to give medical degrees as it is not recognized by the medical regulating body of this country. (SLMC) Everything should be done according to law and should be fair, which is not something SAITM has fulfilled. Feel sorry about the students.
Roshan Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:34 AM
This is the latest top university rankings of all universities around the world. Only Colombo University at 701 ranking. Moratuwa and Peradeniya universities not even in the list. So low rated. Both Singapore Universities in top 20. http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2016 Meanwhile our GMOA and our "Frogs in the well" trying to stop private universities stating reasons as low quality. May be they are scared private universities may get better than government universities.
Rohan Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:38 AM
I think a solution to this will be to introduce fees for medical students in the government medical colleges too. And provide free education for students with severe financial hardships only
N.Abeywardena Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:17 AM
All the best to you. We look forward to the SAITM Dr. practising in Sri Lanka. Competition is always good for progress of any field. This will increase the standard of Medical Doctors of both government and private Medical College. Further it will reduce the clout the GMOA has and prevent the poor patients being held to ransom to get their demands. Approval OR no approval we are ready to get treatment from Doctors passing out from SAITM, After all our grand parents took treatment from Veda Mahathmayas who were much decent than the GMOA Dr,s. and they did not need any approval from any association.
kaboos Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:21 AM
Satim should enroll students with minimum qualifications not with three simple passes. The education authorities should have cut off marks, You can buy books not the knowledge .
Coconut Republic Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:25 AM
Indeed! Saitm , passed outs will certainty be more professional than the current medical mafia. Open more pvt medical uni's. Bring on global medical unis too.If you can open various other uni's, why not medical too??
Saman Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:26 AM
The GMOA are holding back SL's development purely for their own personal selfish reasons. A lot of these GMOA members come to Western countries and can't even pass basic English competency tests for their medical registration courses here.
palle Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:47 AM
Previously they have published A/L requirements in their web site and it was extremely low. They have removed it now. SAITM is a scam and any idiot with money can get a degree there.
Coconut Republic Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:59 AM
Why don't you ask the entry level of the government students intake???
Bingo Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:00 AM
Yep foreign grads should be pass ACT16 to be recognize by SLMC. But to sit the exam foreign grads should be educated for 5 years after SMLC recognize the university. So no way these student becoming doctors. Criminal action need to be taken against Nevil Fernando for opening medical college with no SLMC approval. Also Instead of going against SLMC and GMOA these student should start going against SAITAM owner and get their money back with interest. I can see Gov doing nothing.
jaz Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:01 AM
SAITM students not willing to do the local exam as far as i know
Nethra Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:14 AM
JEALOUSY in capitals. University students only aim is picketing. Empty vessels, a curse for the society.
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