New law to standardize degrees from state, non-state unis

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Amid the continuing controversy on the quality of higher education offered by private sector educational institutions, the Higher Education Ministry is to introduce legislation in Parliament to standardize the degree courses offered by State and non-State institutions, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.

The Bill, if enacted, will also apply to the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) which offers private medical education.

The minister told daily Mirror yesterday he would present the ‘Quality Assurance Bill’ within the next two months and that Bill was being drafted with the assistance of the World Bank.

“We are working out the finishing touches to the Bill. It is being drafted in consultation with the University Grants Commission and the Vice Chancellors of the State universities,” he said.

There are numerous non-state degree awarding institutions operating in the country and the minister said as many as 50,000 students were studying for management degrees in the non-State sector.

Referring to SAITM, he said the students who graduated were prepared to sit for a licensing examination to be conducted by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). (KB)

  Comments - 18

  • watcher Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:46 AM

    A/L smart, attend Language Lab and you'll be even smarter bitter.

    Dee Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:50 AM

    Your vocabulary speaks a million words of the type of products of our free universities. Good luck finding a job. But many labourer jobs available for your types.

    thiru Sunday, 26 February 2017 01:10 PM

    Please note that job market isn't only Sri Lanka. Lot of other nationalities are working with 2 month degree in global. let Sri Lankan to develop. Within Sri Lanka can give priority to state university student.

    Dinosaur Sunday, 26 February 2017 03:35 PM

    If the students can get business engineering & IT dgrees from private univeristies in SL why not medical degree.. if the quality if SAITM is the problem govt should take steps to monitor it via DM Android App

    ravin Sunday, 26 February 2017 03:38 PM

    This decision was taken too early. We could have wait until 2025(or just after making more mess of education system) to decide we need to standardise education system.

    Dhanush Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:56 AM

    NO...abolish da SAITAM........... we r da pass A/L smart.....dey r da stupids fail O/L even or go international school 4 da drug money.... dnt deserve 2 be docs like us

    Mahila Saturday, 25 February 2017 09:21 AM

    They will be able to communicate and obtain the patients illness/ailment history properly after going to International school, properly diagnose and prescribe medication. That is a plus and merit only admission; No Z score and district quota with 2 X C's and 1 x S pass for medicine.

    Avisenna Saturday, 25 February 2017 09:23 AM

    As prof Carlos said Ragama produced the countrys best doctors when it was private. Must help the 87% who dint get the quata lottery. same fear they will do well in exams. carlo hates Nevilles guts. GMOA docs want to save private practice. A political party as declared want a 3rd janaperaliya over uni kid deaths. If Bangla man can get foreign currency making uni Isle we can do better than slaving women in middle east. via DM Android App

    ANTON Saturday, 25 February 2017 12:06 PM


    ceylon Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:51 PM

    state education must improve its quality.most students are lawless.without go to clasess they in protests events. via DM Android App

    Sena Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:39 PM

    Do not beat around the bush. Takeover SAITM to government, it is a massive fraud. The owner must be in jail by now for this fraud. Government's popularity eroded massively by protecting this SAITM fraud. We will talk about quality of others including new private medical faculties.

    mohan1986 Saturday, 25 February 2017 05:22 PM

    Dhanush You do not have valid argument for abolishing SAITAM. People who have money can go to a foreign country and obtain whatever degree including medicine. SLMC has approved 255 medical school which include many 3rd world countries without proper inspection. Sri Lanka needs private universities which can easily monitor if they are established under proper regulations. There is need of common exam for both state and private university students.

    Dr.Raghavan Pathmanathan Saturday, 25 February 2017 06:33 PM

    Whether state( national) or private universities, First improve the quality of education in the field of academic teaching and research.Upgrade the syllabi and introduce the modification of the technology.

    MP Saturday, 25 February 2017 06:44 PM

    Are they going to treat foreign patients with their English knowledge?

    Mahila Sunday, 26 February 2017 12:35 AM

    Circa 1980, it was called the Ragama Base Hospital, a “Kukkul Kooduwa” without modern facilities. After the CNMC started they used as teaching facility for their Medical faculty. Buildings, equipment and personnel were improved by the CNMC. After 35 years, it is now, Colombo North Teaching Hospital - in par with Colombo South Teaching Hospital, in every respect. People of WP North receive improved health services at doorstep. If SAITM uses Avissawella Base hospital for teaching purposes they will improve services to meet standards, then people in the western part of WP will receive same facility.

    JEALOUS DUDE Sunday, 26 February 2017 04:06 AM

    The comment of DHANUSH clearly shows that its jealousy a complex of inferiority and a sense of insecurity that HAS PRODUCED THAT COMMENT.HE IS UNFIT TO BE A DOCTOR, A FROG IN THE WELL.

    Dhanush Sunday, 26 February 2017 06:39 AM

    52 dislikes!!! ..... SAITEM student???

    Truth Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:03 AM

    Lots of fake Bachelors and Masters degree holders who didn't even pass their O/L are part of this government. First take back their degrees.

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