SAITM Scholarship: Students seek Presidential intervention

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The SAITM Student Action Committee (SSAC) yesterday sought the immediate intervention of President Maithripala Sirisena with regard to the cancellation of students’ scholarships granted by the SAITM.

While thanking the President for the decision he took to absorb SAITM students to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), the students had also sought the President’s attention over the higher course fees asked by the KDU.

In a letter to the President, the students had stated the they were informed by the KDU that all scholarships granted by the SAITM institute had been cancelled and they have to pay Rs. 1.3 million as annual course fee.

The students said they were depressed with the 9-year long SAITM controversy and were happy with the President’s decision to absorb the students to the KDU however again were discouraged with this latest issue as the KDU rejected registering those who failed to pay before Monday (6).

The students said they have now facing a worst situation than then, as it was impossible to find such money without settling the loans already obtained to receive SAITM education.

They have stated in their letter that they had to sell or mortgage their land or any other valuables to receive education at the SAITM.

“We were surprised when they rejected us who were having remarkable examination results. We kept hopes for years and received our education at SAITM on scholarship basis as we had financial difficulties. We kindly request the President to intervene on the matter and serve us justice,” the students said. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 11

  • Lankaboy.. Saturday, 04 August 2018 11:08 AM

    It is horrible to think that these folks want to be Doctors with AL exam 's' results. I hope I will never end up in these SAITM Doctors with just pass qualification in AL: Besides all those got 3A's get in AL get 2500 RS as Mahapola , these with 'just pass' want 1.3 million RS as scholarship.

    Gamarala Saturday, 04 August 2018 11:22 AM

    Where is the Gonella and Moda maki Nevil Fernando? He rob the money from this studentAnd it's same as central bank robbery.Who is responsible for this students future?Also SAITEM student was blind from beginning.They could have join with uni student an try to getNew faculty for those uni.

    Sanjeewa Saturday, 04 August 2018 12:33 PM

    The result of caving in to GMOA. They now control the SLMC and also the government. Either KDU should honour these scholarships or the government should pay up.

    Arthu;r Saturday, 04 August 2018 12:35 PM

    GMOA and JVP, KDU is selling degrees!

    Ras Saturday, 04 August 2018 05:25 PM

    Scholarships should be awarded to the best students based on the examination results, and not because the student is poor, does not have the money for his expenses and such financial problems. 1.3Million Rupees, as annual cource fees is very high, unless your parents are rich business people. Even the parents who are working as Senior government servants, Senior University lecturers, Government doctors will find it difficult, especialy now when everything including cost of living is very expensive. It one have three to five children, it will become extremely difficult to look after them, educate them and think of educating them for higher and university education, as all parents would love as their duty to do. These are basic national problems which the Government shoud find methods of overcomming, for the welfare of the country.

    Sambo Saturday, 04 August 2018 06:12 PM

    These poor children who paid so much money are stranded and you people are un qualified to make a proper decision on behalf them. The same like Ceylinco you politicians just care a dam of the public as long as your aspirations are met. What a sinful country we live in.

    Daya Sunday, 05 August 2018 07:35 AM

    Free Education.......

    Mura Sunday, 05 August 2018 12:21 PM

    I am wondering, these SAITM students and parents are don't have common sense? Failed to find a proper university . This is the end of who are want to become a position in short cut.

    SAM Monday, 06 August 2018 10:13 AM

    There are so many who have done it overseas and are now smarter than you. No wonder Politikos go overseas for treatment. You mean You guys are more talented than than Sing Docs?

    Wil Sunday, 05 August 2018 10:32 PM

    SAITM students fortune enough to get absorbed to fee charging government university ,there they can't expect free education, but normal charges they would have to pay as other private students

    Niz Monday, 06 August 2018 10:01 AM

    It is unfair for parents to pay additional 1.3 M if they have already paid in full for SAITM - Dr. NF Hospital. SAITM - Dr. NF Hospital has to pay for it. What would happen if students pay the 1.3 M and later on get into the same problem as before and refuse to give the doctorate? Best is in future don't take a chance and if the Z score is less or students qualifying with London ALs do it overseas than waste time here.


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