SAITM students ready to face open govt. medical exam

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The students who passed out from the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe are ready to face an open exam conducted by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Higher Education similar to the exams of State medical faculties.

This was said by a student named Tharindu Ruwanpathiranage, a student who had passed out with the first batch of students of SAITM, at a press conference held at the Neville Fernando Private Hospital where SAITM students are presently carrying out their clinical studies.

Tharindu said their parents directed them to the SAITM with the knowledge that the institution could offer him a proper education.

He raised a question from those who oppose them being registered as doctors whether more than 82% of A/L students who lose the chance to enter the medical faculty should give up on their dream of becoming a doctor in the future.

He said that if not for an organization like SAITM, a portion of the 82% listed above would be compelled to seek foreign medical degrees or lose the chance to follow their dream.

Meanwhile, the CEO of the SAITM and NFTH, Dr. Sameera Senarthne said they were willing to hold discussions with Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella regarding his proposal to run the SAITM as a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

However, he said they have not yet been officially informed of this proposal of the government. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Buddeni Hiriella Monday, 01 August 2016 04:53 PM

    Only saitm students has to take the responsibility of lives,state doctors can kill,can cut down arms ext.(may be because of FREE EDUCATION its a advantage for them)

    Bingo Friday, 29 July 2016 01:49 PM

    If there is no paper leaks to these high profile political backing students I bet not even 1% will one will pass.

    Iran Friday, 29 July 2016 01:51 PM

    A/L is the common exam!

    rasheed Friday, 29 July 2016 02:04 PM

    Very good challenge, very good opportunity prove their standard.

    Student Friday, 29 July 2016 02:30 PM

    Issue is they have no practical knowledge or patients to practice with

    Jaya Friday, 29 July 2016 02:41 PM

    They have more than enough practical knowledge as well as lEnglish knowledge. If possible, take the challenge and see without insulting. Be positive.

    Bingo Saturday, 30 July 2016 09:43 AM

    Forgot to mention pass rate for Clinical Exams. Its will be ZERO!

    rohan Saturday, 30 July 2016 09:54 AM

    Saitm cannot enroll students on their own. UGC first short list them n then only saitm can enroll.

    Kasun Friday, 29 July 2016 04:01 PM

    As I heard there is a minimum requirement to sit that exam. That is passing AL in bio stream with at-least one credit pass. Do the all SAITM student have that qualification?

    Ranasinghe Friday, 29 July 2016 04:02 PM

    If the students have an IQ similar to yours, you statement will be valid. Remember, not all students of SAITM are from high profile political families.

    Sim Friday, 29 July 2016 06:52 PM

    They have better qualification than some selected to medical college due to zscore system. They studied in SL and saved foreign exchange when they could have gone to a foreign university

    MP Friday, 29 July 2016 06:53 PM

    To have practical knowledge, are there adequate patients? Can knowledge of English take the responsibility of lives? It is a question of life and death!

    Cobra Friday, 29 July 2016 08:33 PM

    At least they will get a chance to prove themselves but don't know what type of excuse the GMOA will come up with now!

    Buddeni kiriella Monday, 01 August 2016 04:41 PM

    Very good challenge,Very good opportunity prove their standard,but i do not think that GMOA OR SLMC will organize this .(They know that they will be a looses)

    Buddeni Kiriella Monday, 01 August 2016 04:44 PM

    Without making silly comments take the challenge


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