SAITM abolished

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The Government today announced that the controversial medical faculty of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) would be abolished and the assets, liabilities, staff and the students of the medical college would be entrusted to a new non-governmental and not for profit degree awarding institution.

The Government Information Department in a statement said that the new degree awarding institution would be established according to the minimum standards for medical education and training that were yet to be promulgated.

The suspension of enrollment of students to the SAITM medical faculty by a letter issued by the Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education on September 15 would continue until the new institution was established, the statement said.

It stated that the current shareholders of the SAITM should not be involved in the ownership or management of the new management of the new institution and Dr. Neville Fernando and his family, who currently own and manage the SAITM, were expected to cooperate in this regard.

“In case the income exceeds the expenditure of the proposed new institution, the excess income would be spent on development of the institution and research activities or for awarding scholarships without sharing it among the shareholders,” Government Information department said.

The statement said that the students from low-income families, who wished join the new institution would be assisted by the Government by way of concessionary loans through financial institutions to cover their class fees.

Negotiations are underway between the Government and several non-governmental and not for profit parties on the new non for profit institution, it added.

The Government also said that the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) should resolve the problems faced by SAITM students, who have already completed the degree course of the SAITM medical college, based on the ruling of the Supreme Court on the case currently pending in the court.

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  • ananda Sunday, 29 October 2017 02:02 PM

    It seems s win win situation to all sections of society who protested against this institution. Hope the GMOA will toe the line accordingly without making further inroads for creating problems. via DM Android App

    Wise Donkey Sunday, 29 October 2017 09:44 PM

    Say goodbye to foreign investment in Sri Lanka. This will definitely rattle the prospective investors.

    Dayaratne Gamage Sunday, 29 October 2017 09:49 PM

    Good Solution Real win win situvation JVP Lal KAntha's re action clearly indicate they do not like solution to any proble If other members do samething what will happen JVP?

    Bala Sunday, 29 October 2017 02:07 PM

    But for the sake of the children who miss the cut off level by a few points, make available an outlet for them to even pay and get a good medical education free from the ruffian thinking ones in service now and expected to pass out in the next few years from the behaviour we saw recently of current students. Otherwise a real draining out of dollar resources for study abroad.

    Rubert Sunday, 29 October 2017 09:42 PM

    And for those who attend International schools. Are they not Sri Lankans to be excluded from University entrance. Now with this decision, they'll lose that opportunity.

    Labby Sunday, 29 October 2017 02:44 PM

    GMOA and the JO will now go to town claiming success in their protests. How shallow their intentions..

    T.MALLAWA Sunday, 29 October 2017 02:47 PM

    ALAS, THE GMOA IS GOING TO LOSE A CAUSE TO HOLD THE PATIENTS TO RANSOM

    chandra Sunday, 29 October 2017 03:11 PM

    Good decision at least a last moment. As Bala correctly stated there should be opportunity to students who missed government uni by little margin via DM Android App

    Raz Sunday, 29 October 2017 06:51 PM

    GMOA will now await orders from MR & JO via DM Android App

    BUSHEL Sunday, 29 October 2017 10:58 PM

    SO U THINK MATTTER IS SOLVED. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT COMENTS BELOW TOO

    predictor Sunday, 29 October 2017 07:21 PM

    Great news for fighters against saitm. but government could have been done it long time ago . everything happens only after the series of protest. via DM Android App

    Kasyapa Sunday, 29 October 2017 07:37 PM

    So why did government waste a lot of productive time in entire country and put innocent patients in jeopardy without taking the right decision in the first place? This is a clear fact for an impeachment against the incumbent regime.

    Anil Gunaratne Sunday, 29 October 2017 07:42 PM

    Finally, the government acted properly. These unqualified students whom could not enter the Med College, tried a b back door to be unqualified Drs.

    Randesh Sunday, 29 October 2017 07:57 PM

    What's described is not abolishing SAITM! Just handing over the liability to a new management. The deceit in this statement is unbelievable I wonder how many are going to fall for it. Abolishment would entail the disposal of all the assets of SAITM and reimbursement of the investors and students who are enrolled. This is clearly not what is intended.

    Doctor Sunday, 29 October 2017 08:51 PM

    Just wondering how many will raise their hands to invest in a, not for profit institution

    Piumi Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:54 AM

    It is ok to allow non qualified students as mentioned above to be qualified from another avenue. It is a right of every student who wish to be advance in medical education. The more educated people bring more resources to the society.

    Piumi Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:55 AM

    Thats called development rather than adding morons to the society just after AL or OL. But the government should be responsible to be fair with the state university students by prioritizing them with a special frame of appreciation while

    StephanieRMontgomery Friday, 03 November 2017 10:35 PM

    Hey !very nice post. This post is really useful. Thank you for sharing your good information. excellent post.


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