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Govt. ignored issues triggered by SAITM: FUTA

16 June 2017 06:08 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) yesterday charged that the government ignored issues triggered by the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in the state medical education sector .

It charged that the government let it to develop into a crisis situation in medical education at state universities. Once the crisis was developed, it, said the government was trying to capitalize on it for setting up private medical colleges.

FUTA Secretary Prof. Arjuna Parakrama told the Daily Mirror that the government had attempted to weaken state universities while creating a market to establish private universities.

“The government is in need to gain income in terms of taxes by establishing private medical universities. They are least concerned about the quality of the education which would be offered from such universities,” he said.

He said the government had not attempted to fill vacancies created at the state universities even though they had guaranteed of increasing the enrollments to state universities.

He also said there were about 2000 vacancies at state universities during past years as per the past records of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and added that the same fact had been accepted by the Prime Minister as well as the Higher Education Minister in Parliament.

“The crisis in the education and higher education sector is a result of considering education as a profit oriented consumer good,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 7

  • Perera Friday, 16 June 2017 09:25 AM

    Are not these the same guys who wanted 6 percent of govt budget to educate their children in international schools

    Shelly Friday, 16 June 2017 07:42 PM

    Tell us dear prof. to which extent the state universities have contributed to take Sri Lanka towards super prosperity. only a very low level of contribution so far. Hence what is the standard you boast about. via DM Android App

    Thanos Friday, 16 June 2017 09:54 AM

    Perhaps if entities like IUSF didn't exists there might be a lot more support for state education from the public. Germany and Scandinavian countries have great tuition free education systems. I propose creating separate new technical state institutes with strong discipline, zero tolerance for ragging, harassment, etc providing free merit based degrees for Science and engineering since JVP-IUSF activities are less in those faculties.

    Hemantha Friday, 16 June 2017 11:50 AM

    Sir, why don't the university teachers play an active role in wiping out the menace of ragging from our universities? You crying about not filling vacancies by many students who gain entry are compelled to leave because they can't cope with ragging. Please don't turn a blind eye to this primitive and shameless practice that has become the norm in your universities

    Selvyn Friday, 16 June 2017 02:33 PM

    He is up from a prolonged slumber. He needs some updates.Solution for the excess qualified graduates is private universities via DM Android App

    NIMAL Friday, 16 June 2017 08:34 AM


    gamini Friday, 16 June 2017 08:46 AM

    the crisis is created by GMOA, until then things were moving smoothly

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