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Government will convert SAITM into a non-profit institution under multiple ownership, State Minister of Higher Education Mohanlal Grero told Parliament today.

He said this in response to a question asked by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanyake.

The state minister said a special council would be set up to monitor private universities and ensure the quality of their study courses.

He assured that the government would take into consideration the proposals made by various parties including those by the Maha Nayaka Theras.

Mr. Dissanayke asked why the government was remaining stubborn when dealing with the SAITM issue. "Is the government turning a deaf ear to the request by the Maha Nayaka Theras," he asked and claimed that the government was only interested in safeguarding the SAITM owner. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Justin Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:39 PM

    Like unproductive yahapalanaya?

    Mary Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:56 PM

    It is profitable to ministers who protect bond agents

    Dr. Kalpani Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:40 PM

    That won't solve the problem

    Rohantha Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:41 PM

    Lets convert lyceum to a non profit organization. What do you say Mr Grero

    Rex Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:01 PM

    It is already a Not-for-Profit institution. The management and staff receive ONLY SALARY for their involvement and NOT DIVIDEND/PROFIT. The excess income is reinvested to excel the quality and to expand to the education in other (remote) areas

    MP Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:01 PM

    Great idea and suggestion.

    Asela Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:20 PM

    If anyone believes that Lyceum is a non-for-profit institution, s/he is a pure idiot. This is a private business runs by a businessman cum politician. Now the fox is appointed to protect hens. I admire his business concept. Excellent money making venture. But when dimwits say that owner doesn't take profit, it's really annoying. Even Grero is laughing from rear-end.

    Chanaka Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:42 PM

    Why can't you sell it off to some foreign country as you do with our strategic assets

    ceylon Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:51 PM

    why this puppet president cant punish these thugs and function the law and order of the country.allow saitm to do its education.thugs are dancing while sirisena enjoy peoples money. via DM Android App

    SAM SPARROW Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:55 PM

    Do whatever but please make sure the GMOA also must work as non profit oriented doctors. Ban them to do private practice immediately.

    lkboy Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:56 PM

    How can multiple ownership convert it into a non-profit institution?

    cisco Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:25 PM

    Good idea. Why Rajitha and Kiriella ministers silence via DM Android App

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:38 PM

    SAITM should not be conducted MBBS, but can conduct courses related to bio streem

    Kumar Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:30 AM

    Any fool can do MBBS.

    Asela Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:24 PM

    SAITM should be abolished. Period. May be it can provide courses for government nurses.

    mohan Wednesday, 18 October 2017 02:14 AM

    Multiple ownership and non profit motives don't go hand in hand. Just another ruse to put off the issue.What needs to be done immediately is to (a) temporarily close SAITM (b) absorb the present children into the state medical faculties or a special medical faculty with a proper course of medical studies including clinicals simultaneously with theory (c) ask SAITM to reapply for registration and obtain approval according to normal procedure free of political interference and in line with state policy on private medical education (d) set up a commission to inquire into SAITM financial activities with the Auditor General's department as a key player, especially since this is an educational institute.

    Omattage Perera Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:52 AM

    Grero should turn his Lyceum empire to a Not-for-Profit and preach other to follow suite.He should understand he needs to practice before he start preaching... While benefiting available opportunities for the private sector, he is trying to deny others the same privilege. Instead he should expand link up to provide quality education for Lyceum students who finishes school education.

    citizen Wednesday, 18 October 2017 05:59 AM

    Swallow SAITM and beware of an incurable stomach ache

    VJ Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:02 PM

    SAITM was created to give an alternate to government run universities which has limited capacity. Government universities can only accept 20% of the eligible candidates. What will the remaining 80% do? Not everyone can afford to send their children overseas for higher education. I think it is the duty of the government to address this shortcoming. If SAITM is not up to the standard, fix it rather than closing it down. I still believe there is a communal flavor to the whole episode.

    Senewi Wednesday, 18 October 2017 02:26 PM

    Or we can make it a private tuition boutique


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