Only solution is to abolish SAITM: IUSF

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The only solution to resolve the SAITM Malabe Medical Faculty issue was to abolish it and not appointing various Commissions to come up with different solutions, the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) said today.

IUSF Convener Lahiru Weerasekara said it was the responsibility of President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the private medical university.

“The President’s political alliances and affiliations are not important in this issue. It doesn’t matter whether he holds the power or not. As the first citizen, he should intervene and abolish this university without appointing Commissions,” he told a news briefing.

He further said that implementing the recommendations made to Parliament by the committees appointed by President Sirisena during his tenure as then Health Minister could have solved the matter rather than hand the matter to another Committee.

“The President should inform the public straight away whether he could ban the SAITM medical institute or not. If he is unable, he should say that his executive presidential powers not enough to do so”

He said the entire period the President kept silent leaving the country’s matters aside.

However, he said that the university students’ actions affected on the government, which forced the President to break his long silence and to pay his attention on the matter. He said the IUSF is in a process of discussing the matter with many trade unions, and with the support of them they would knee down the people who are trying to privatize the free education system. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  • Mndy Monday, 13 February 2017 10:25 PM

    What arrogance. Should he not be charged for threatening the President and govt. This insignificant swollen headed brat with a following of misguided brainless good fo nothings.

    FUTURE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS Monday, 13 February 2017 10:58 PM

    As most of these chaps are not in a position to understand these comments (due to their minimal or lack of knowledge of English) - I suppose they are under the notion that all these comments are supportive to their cause. Call some up for a TV debate (in English channel) and see how they fair. Our future medical practitioners - most of whom are unable to refer up Medical texts in the library - but only pass depending on the notes taken down (in non English) during a lecture (I suppose delivered both in English and the vernacular.)

    Saranga Tuesday, 14 February 2017 02:49 AM

    Good example is Vietnam having communist regime but started their economic reform about two decades ago.. Now it has one of best FDI's in the world.. RMIT is one o the early uni's to come up in HCMC....Look at SL having a open economy and being a democratic country...Protests are not allowed in Vietnam and governed by elected people not mob on the Street.. They do what's best for the country I still believe SL need a strong leader like MR but preferably less corrupt to move this country forward and hopefully keep these maniacs under control like Got a did..

    Nimali Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:20 AM

    Look at this pathetic guys state! Get lost loser!

    Ruwan Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:16 AM

    Come tell us your fancy stories once you finish your degree and get a job young man - I think you are wasting your time and the country's money

    Quakula Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:52 AM

    He is not a medical student. He represents the JVP and has failed his degree several times. This is all he is capable of doing. Forcefully disrupting the studies of genuine students who have no voice. If they oppose, they are threatened.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 14 February 2017 02:46 PM

    Have a look at this man. Would you allow him to give you or your family medical treatment?

    Najay Monday, 13 February 2017 05:17 PM

    you people are a joke. go back to your faculty and study without distrusting the other institutions. its because of you people that the talented people eventually leave this county. via DM iOS App

    justica Monday, 13 February 2017 05:18 PM

    who the is this person to dictate terms to the president arrest all unruly students...these people fail exams on purpose to continue their agendas...throw them out n make it had for those who fail twice to continue at the uni... via DM Android App

    XYZ Monday, 13 February 2017 05:23 PM

    I can not understand how this guy is studying to be a Medical Doctor when he can not have any understanding of another persons situation.Abolishing SAITM is pointless and put all SAITM students future in jeopardy.Best option is to implement proper guidelines / supervision and start accepting SAITM students after completion of a government supervised examination.

    Dutugamunu1 Monday, 13 February 2017 05:25 PM

    is he a medical student?Does he exactly know what is this problem.when president is intervened to settle it he is again threatening .IUSF and JVP dont like a settlement and want to drag this

    AIA Monday, 13 February 2017 05:28 PM

    Envious and malicious scoundrels

    Yihan Monday, 13 February 2017 05:30 PM

    Everyone was waiting for this chap's advice to close SAITAM!!

    Mudson Samarasinghe Monday, 13 February 2017 05:40 PM

    This guy is indirectly threatening the executive!!!

    Chandana Monday, 13 February 2017 05:43 PM

    First get a hair cut or learn to comb your hair

    Ghos Monday, 13 February 2017 05:48 PM

    I don't know why they think they are entitled to free education when its the right of the taxpayers (who elected representatives to parliament) to decide on how their money is to be spent. High time we ask them to pay back.

    chux Monday, 13 February 2017 05:54 PM

    They are a useless bunch to our nation we are sorry to spend our money for them

    Lara Monday, 13 February 2017 06:04 PM

    Come-on folks, lets agree to a common exam to test the quality of graduates and then call it a day.Equality is not something that will be accomplished anytime soon.

    Campus man Monday, 13 February 2017 06:13 PM

    You guys are a tiny population of the whole country cannot decide the education policy for the country.

    sss Monday, 13 February 2017 06:22 PM

    Dear Higher education beneficiaries,Another issue to investigate is as to why higher education in its existence of more than eighty years has contributed nothing - nada- to the economy and you continue to depend of the contributions of blue collar workers like house maids and farmers

    Dr. Watson Monday, 13 February 2017 06:27 PM

    First abolish Z score. Then this problem is solved.

    Malli Monday, 13 February 2017 06:29 PM

    Who is this brat.... to dictate terms to anyone

    Ajith Monday, 13 February 2017 06:30 PM

    After getting free education right through, they don't like others to similar education and qualifications even after paying. Want a pathetic lot. Who they think they are to decide country's education policies?

    ceylon Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:17 PM

    private schools and private university students are educating.government universities and schools students are protesting and not study. via DM Android App

    Piriyankan Monday, 13 February 2017 06:36 PM

    If you say only solution is to abolish SAITM, what about the students already studying there. Are you going to give them education at an alternative place or are you guys going to return their payments and the time they have spend at SAITM. All brunch of crooks where were you guys when MR granted the relevant permission ? Did you guys get any lump sum from MR during his tenure not to drag this issue.

    MyLanka Monday, 13 February 2017 06:38 PM

    Who made this clown a god? Looks like the rise of the JVP of the eighties is imminent. We are heading for the dark ages again with militants like this dictating terms to an elected government.

    Bala Monday, 13 February 2017 06:38 PM

    Better solution is abolish IUSF and we the taxpayers find alternate way to educate decent sri lankan youth who value what education they get for no expense to themselves.

    channa Monday, 13 February 2017 06:52 PM

    No he is trying to be like Wijeweera

    ANTON Monday, 13 February 2017 07:01 PM


    B S Perera Monday, 13 February 2017 07:34 PM

    They think this country should be run by their Masters - JVP and Peratugami

    aravinda Monday, 13 February 2017 07:54 PM

    Why won't you tell this to SLMC. They are the people who block others sitting for a common exam.

    The core of the Struggle Monday, 13 February 2017 08:02 PM

    "they would knee down the people who are trying to privatize the FREE education system. "

    Kadiya Monday, 13 February 2017 08:10 PM

    Since this person has nothing better to do than stir up trouble why didn't they cast him in the role of Wijeweera instead of Kamal Addararachchi? He even looks like the terrorist!

    Thomas Monday, 13 February 2017 08:18 PM

    The biggest problem that our country is facing today is unqualified individuals want to be the decision makers. Wonder of Asia. via DM Android App

    Titanic Monday, 13 February 2017 08:19 PM

    why can't our government deal with these guys the way the PM of singapore delt with the singapore Airline strikers via DM Android App

    K.M.S Wanni Monday, 13 February 2017 08:23 PM

    Very poor understanding of democracy, economics, social policy, nation building. How is this person become a medical student? Why is tax payer money used to fund his education? Wow.

    TA Monday, 13 February 2017 08:26 PM

    Great logic, brain power! How did this person get into University?

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