Cabinet paper submitted to absorb SAITM students to KDU

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A Cabinet proposal was submitted today seeking approval to absorb 980 medical students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), after evaluating their basic qualifications, Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.

Minister Rajapakshe told the Daily Mirror that they had reached this decision following consultations with President Maithripala Sirisena.

He said accordingly, the basic qualifications of all SAITM students would be evaluated and only those students eligible would be permitted to complete their medical degree at the KDU.

“We have submitted the Cabinet proposal and it will be implemented upon Cabinet approval. The proposal will be taken up at next week’s Cabinet session,” he said.

While referring to the controversial proposed Kotelawala National Defence University (KNDU) Bill, Minister Rajapakshe said the KNDU Bill had no impact on the Cabinet proposal submitted. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 13

  • bul Friday, 11 May 2018 06:41 PM

    Hope they have basic academic qualifications similar to other medical students at state universities. It is no secret that some students has only 3 simple passes where as Nurses have better qualifications.

    Rohantha Friday, 11 May 2018 06:59 PM

    Really. Why don't you share those students details

    Vish Friday, 11 May 2018 09:00 PM

    If it's no secret could you kindly share the details of these students

    Saradiel Friday, 11 May 2018 06:44 PM

    Good news. Justice must be done to these poor students who have got caught in a political issue. This is not their fault. Hope that IUSF backed by JVP will allow this to progress.

    lankan Friday, 11 May 2018 06:45 PM

    Okay, so tomorrow we got a protest by state uni students??

    empluz Friday, 11 May 2018 07:56 PM

    Will the GMOA. go on strike for absorbing the students as well?

    Wedage Friday, 11 May 2018 08:09 PM

    Yes. This is very good move. Do not drag this matter. There are plenty of burning issues right round country today. Why this issue dragging for so long.

    Dhammika Friday, 11 May 2018 08:30 PM

    GOOD DECISION . Dont dump those SAITM students . SAITM students also have the rite to education .

    Doctor Friday, 11 May 2018 09:10 PM

    No need for them to have the same qualification to do medicine like other universities. It's the duty of Medical Council to see whether they have basic qualifications. It's the duty of MC to see that medical standards are upheld IN every university including SAITIM. ITS VERY REGRETTABLE THAT WE CAME OUT OF GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL OF UK.

    Don Friday, 11 May 2018 09:12 PM

    Now JVP and their wings (GMOA and IUSF) could salute the SAITM doctors from today!

    Smart Guru Friday, 11 May 2018 09:21 PM

    Its HIGH time we Resolve this. We the people i.e: MAJORITY need to choose the correct pathway for SL. We are not fools, we can see the rest of the world. Lets not fall into the talk and propaganda of the Marxist ideology Unions or Trade Unions looking at their own benefit. Lets do whats RIGHT and JUST. SAITM issue should be resolved with IMMEDIATE effect.

    Samson Friday, 11 May 2018 09:21 PM

    Some of the gmoa high ups also have only one credit and ordinary passes.

    Leela Friday, 11 May 2018 10:52 PM

    IUSF students must be stopped at the point where they commence this cannot go forever


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