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The SAITM (South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine) controversy was fast heading towards a violent situation that might claim lives of the youth in the country, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has warned.

Reminding the loss of lives during the efforts by the then Government to introduce private Universities in 1980s, the Minister in a Cabinet Paper had warned the Government not to aggravate the situation.

He said in the Cabinet Paper that universities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany were run as none-profit institutions and university education in those countries except for the US was purely under the Government's purview.

He also observed that the quality of the higher education in India has declined due the privatisation of University education and the prestige that had been gained internationally by the Indian doctors was also fast eroding as a result.

Challenging the notion that majority of qualified students do not get the opportunity for university education, the Minister argued that those get three S passes at the AL examination were considered as qualified for university education but it was not in fact a good standard.

He also pointed out that many talented students in the urban areas were deprived of university education due to the district quota system that had been envisaged to help under-privileged students in the backward districts.
“The Government has to increase the student intake in order to resolve the problem faced by the talented students owing to the district quota system,” he said.

Hailing the standard of the State Universities in Sri Lanka Mr. Ranawaka observed that Colombo University had ranked 2,092nd under the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, while the SAITM ranking 16, 964th place.(Dayaseeli Liyanage)


  Comments - 18

  • Thegamer Sunday, 26 February 2017 07:15 PM

    Comparing rankings doesn't help since 1. SAITM is new and not yet well established 2. A great deal of points is given for status of recognition and SAITM has been unfairly denied recognition.

    Rohana Wednesday, 01 March 2017 05:35 AM

    champika is licking GMOA's slippers.If there are shortcomings in regard to the standard of education at SAITM then rectify those shortcomings. Don't try to wipe out the future of those innocent students there.

    Avisenna Sunday, 26 February 2017 07:50 PM

    Exactly what the political party up to old tricks. wants or the declared jANAPERALIYA . Nothing to with SAITM. via DM Android App

    Cricy Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:11 PM

    It is the responsibility of cabinet ministers like you to push for remedial action.

    concern Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:20 PM

    What happened to his court case ?

    Liberal One Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:49 PM

    Give text books for A/L students for free. Create and upload study material to the internet. Then get rid of the district quota.

    RDF Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:09 PM

    So isn't it a disgrace the oldest university of the country is rated so low.

    Blair Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:35 PM

    According to cybermetrics rankings: World university rankings for srilanka are, Col uni.- 2171, Mor uni- 2647, KDU - 9938, SAITM - 14183, Univotech- 20041, Ocean uni _ 24477, IESL college of engineering- 25887.

    raj Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:43 PM

    Well Sri Lanka I believe is the only country that gives higher education free and that's why no one values it...and truth is the quality of Sri Lankan doctors already is very bad so don't think SAITM is the one who will send out bad doctors our local universities have been sending out bad ones for years now

    henry Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:46 PM

    yes totally agree .equitable solution has to be found.with due respect to the appeal court ruling without giving into radical and extremist elements in the country. via DM Android App

    Ex GMOA Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:12 PM

    Every doctor knows that if SAITM MBBS are given internship, they will be like all others who have received internship because they too wanted to become doctors. Not every A/L has the brain capacity to pass an MBBS. NCMC produced some of the best doctors of today, though JVP rebel leaders lost their lives at that time. Violence today is due to GMOA and IUSF TUs mind controlling all within sight.

    Sena Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:37 PM

    A politician with some sense at last. SAITM is a fraud from beginning to end. Please take over this to government and if government is really financially troubled continue it as a paid institute similar to SLIIT,NSBM etc. You can also allow good quality foreign university to set up their branches here. But definitely say no to SAITM fraud.

    sg Monday, 27 February 2017 05:03 PM

    Dont take SAITM as a political tool for the power game.

    Dr.Watson Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:41 PM

    Where was this person when SAITM was established ? Born again I guess.

    TONY Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:59 PM


    Gamaya Monday, 27 February 2017 12:11 AM

    Dr. Watson, You are spot on!!!

    Pf Monday, 27 February 2017 09:24 AM

    Now the the situation is critical.Without wasting time the President can decide on taking over SAITM and keep under Colombo University.What Mr.Champika said is 100% true.We are too late now.Selling Medicle Education will not make Excelkent Doctors to this country. via DM Android App

    seqi Monday, 27 February 2017 11:55 AM

    only if you want it to happen via DM Android App

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