SAITM students registration to KDU today

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The registration of SAITM students at the KDU would start today amidst strict regulations that those who failed to pay the course-fee by Monday would not be enrolled for the MBBS degree.

The new condition had shattered the dreams of top three students, with the top A/L results to join the University over financial constraints.

It was learned that at least three, including two female students, who have the highest A/L results among the SAITM students, had to give up their enrollment at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) due to financial difficulties.

Among the top results, there are students with 2As and 1 B, 2As and 1C, 1A and 2Bs and learned that most of the scholarship holders are having a Z-Score over 1.7.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, parents of the scholarship holders said the with the Government decided to cancel the scholarships their children had faced a severe inconvenience.

“There is no way that we can find Rs. 1.3 million per annum as course fee. We have written to President Maithripala Sirisena to provide us with a relief,” a parent said.

“Our children received scholarships as they have good A/L results. Their time has been wasted and we are helpless as parents,” the parent told the Daily Mirror.

The parents said their children were going through a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety because of the new condition.

They said that their children accepted the scholarship at SAITM solely because of their interest in studying medicine and there was no political intervention behind the scholarships.

According to the parents, the majority of scholarship holders were with high A/L results and their parents were low-income receivers.

They said that the authorities had neglected them stating the scholarships were based on political intervention and refused to grant any relief.

“We assured that the students with top results would have no political connections and were granted the scholarship based on their talent. Our children have to suffer because of the tug-o-war between the two Governments,” a parent said.

They said that the SAITM degree was advertised as the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved one, and as such, the Government was responsible for their children’s education.

“We beg President and relevant Ministers to not to play with our children’s lives. If the SAITM degree was affordable to us then our children wouldn’t be selected for the scholarship scheme. Without checking our financial background, it was inhumane to just reject our children at KDU,” they stressed.

The Students Action Committee of SAITM in a letter had informed the injustice faced by the scholarship holders and said it would stage protests outside the Presidential Secretariat this week.

“We will even resort to fast unto death if our children were rejected today,” a disturbed parent said. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 7

  • ANTON Monday, 06 August 2018 08:20 AM


    Unchikun Monday, 06 August 2018 08:28 AM

    The top three students. Well the Rajapaksa's got them in to SAITAM. Now the Rajapaksa's can pay there fees. Simple logic ?

    Scooby Doo Monday, 06 August 2018 09:51 AM

    Yeah but I feel sad for them.These kids could have applied for foreign scholarships instead of trusting Sri Lankan one. Anyway I hope their request will be considered by the president because its really hard to get such results in Science stream.

    Sandy Monday, 06 August 2018 09:52 AM

    Another Rajapaksha forbian

    Saitm student Monday, 06 August 2018 08:56 AM

    The government is responsible as they are the ones who made law to transfer these students.. So they should hpld the student's rights and make sure their solution is feasible. Saitm students cant really sue SAITM but they can sue the government for violating their rights and hindering their education.Also, as a SAITM scholarship holder, i can say at least for myself and all of the holders that i know, that it wasnt due to political leanings that we got scholarships. That's laughable. No politician was involved in getting myself a scholarship and it was purely due to my A level results and financial situation. However although im not certain, there might have been scholarships given out by orders of politicians but these are also im sure for the brightest students with high Z scores and Alevel results.

    Lahiru Monday, 06 August 2018 10:07 AM

    Government must bear the cost since SAITAM was approved by UGC.

    Raj Monday, 06 August 2018 01:51 PM

    What has happened to Dr Neville Fernando? He should be the first person to be held responsible for hoodwinking parents and students . He has made his money. He should be brought to justice for the misery he has caused these students

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