The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said the proceedings at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM ) was continuing as usual except the new student admissions despite the government’s policy decision to abolish it.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that the academic activities including the holding of examinations were still conducting in the SAITM in an unlawful manner.
He said the government had already declared a policy decision to abolish SAITM and to enrol all its students to medical faculty of Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), considering their basic qualifications.
“Following this condition, SAITM students are again falling into a trouble and they have been used to accomplish several agendas. What is the validity of these examinations which are holding by the SAITM despite its abolishment?,” he said.
He said the government should immediately intervene to this issue and to make the needed legal background to solve this confusion. He also said the government to immediately gazette its policy decision on SAITM in order to make it a reality.
Meanwhile, he said SAITM Chairman Dr. Neville Fernando had asked the students to pay arrears and penalty fees with regard to the installments before March 7 in order to continue with their studies.
He said it was dubious whether Dr. Fernando had the lawful authority to make such a notice. He also said it could be considered as a financial fraud.
While referring to the advertisement published in print media on the selling of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH), he said it was questionable how a private party could sell a property which was already acquired by the government.
He said several authorities including Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had claimed that the government had acquired the NFTH in July.
The NFTH in the advertisement said ‘Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, Malabe, a thousand bed hospital with all modern hi-tech equipment, for immediate sale’ and it added that the ‘government valuation is Rs. 3.55 billion’. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
Santhush Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:08
If SAITM is belonged to a Muslim or Tamil person, GMOA, JVP or any student council will not fight so much against it. Only after a few picketings they might stop everything. But this institute has 100 % Sinhala Buddhist ownership. That's why so much of activities against it. So sad about our own people.....
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Scooby Doo Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:47
You Racist. Don`t bring racism here. I am for SAITM but this is not the reason its because of the selfish doctors.
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Sachini Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:51
THe fraudulency of SAITM and NFTH is well known to the public. Neville Fernando is the biggest daylight robber on this earth. He has robbed the future of innocent children by his fake advertisements claiming SLMC recognition of SAITM and his fraudulent money making method of passing out every single student who pays him millions of Rupees whether they are capable or not so that the new intake will be flooded with majority underqualified students whose parents dream to make them doctors pay millions of Rupees to this fraudster. Neville Fernando and his Administration should be reported to the FCID immediately by the SLMC and GMOA!!
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Humanfly Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:20
Little bit of English doesn't make you a wise citizen. You look small with your comment my dear..
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Doctor Friday, 9 March 2018 10:54
Neville Fernando is the biggest daylight fool for investing all his money after selling the profitable Asha central hospital. Should have invested in a casino or in entertainment industry. No complains , no strikes but good profits. What a fool
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Willy Thursday, 8 March 2018 12:07
Doctors should rather focus on inventing a cure for Egoism, Greed, and Jealousy before disrupting the health services and shoving the innocent sick into dire straits.
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Ru Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:13
In case you were at private practice and didn't here the news, we have bigger problems today. Can't deal with your pettiness right now.
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Navin Thursday, 8 March 2018 18:51
Srilankan LAW COLLEGE IS ALSO SAME LIKE SAITAM .BOTH PRODUSED GOOD FOR NOTHING PEOPLE. WHY GOVERNMENT DID NOT ABOLISH. AND BRING IT UNDER LAW FACULTY OF COLOMBO.P
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duminda Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:58
Law college is not a private company with share holding by individuals. It is a public institution.
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Duminda Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:57
SAITAM is a private company with share holders.. no medical university in the world is like this.. Nevile Fernando and SB are crooks who tried to earn money by promising a valid degree that he is not capable of giving. poor parents fell to his trap .. it is like a man trying to sell a piece of land not belong to him.
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SN Friday, 9 March 2018 10:11
Your logic is lunacy. Even the not well to do have pawned the land and sent them overseas for studies. Some even having entrance have gone overseas and completed by 4 to 5 years and done the exam here as they know that your Uni is so special it takes at least 7 to 8 years to complete. You guys are really exclusive.
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Santhush Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:23
Attn: Scooby DooNo, this is the reality here among our own people. Do not call it racism. Do you think JVP put so much of pressure inside and outside of Parliament and call for Island wide protest marches if this belongs to a non Sinhalese. But I agree you that Govt. doctors do this for their own selfishness.
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