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Although the SAITM institute had awarded scholarships to its students they would not be entitled financial scholarships at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Minister of Higher Education Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today.

“KDU has no scholarship scheme,” he told the Daily Mirror.

Minister Rajapakshe explained that the SAITM had awarded scholarships under political grounds.

“SAITM scholarships are given on political patronage, not on merit,” he said.

He also said that SAITM founder Dr Neville Fernando accepted SAITM had awarded Rs. 400 million worth scholarships under the influence of politicians.

Minister Rajapakshe said that Dr Fernando had informed him that among them there were ten students who received Rs. 10 million worth scholarship each, under the influence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He said the absorbing students at the KDU under the current financial ground were also agreed by SAITM parents then.

“KDU course fee is one-third of what they had to pay at the SAITM. By awarding scholarships to the students, we cannot make the KDU another SAITM. The Government had served the justice at its best to the students,” he added. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Sunil Monday, 06 August 2018 08:46 AM

    These jokers are creating one mess after the other.

    Saitm student Monday, 06 August 2018 08:51 AM

    Wijedasa is so ignorant here. KDU course fees is not 1/3 of what they've got to pay to SAITM. Its 1.3 million a year which is more than SAITM fees. But the thing is that scholarship holders and even those who have already paif the full SAITM fees need to pay extra at this rate per year. Double payment.

    kandyan Monday, 06 August 2018 09:25 AM

    As a citizen I do not accept playing with young students lives. Now! how long has passed. Even they has political connections to get in to the SAITM, they should have fair resolution for their problem. Otherwise those people become doctors and hates to the society and kill innocent people. so people has to check about doctors history before getting treatments.

    Niz Monday, 06 August 2018 09:42 AM

    SAITM - Mr.NF Hospital has to pay for it and not the students.

    Kasun Monday, 06 August 2018 10:16 AM

    NIZ , You are correct

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 06 August 2018 10:22 AM

    This minister is not suitable for a portfolio. Before he gives ridiculous statements he should inform himself about the facts. Either this man is ignorant or just stupid.

    Ras Monday, 06 August 2018 01:36 PM

    10 Students received Rs.10 Million worth Scholarships under the influence of the ex- President. - Is it on merit, on charity, because of poverty, as the only way to go ahead with the studies, as both are from the same political party. Whatever the reason is, let us know the correct reason. This is Sri Lanka. No bluffing in any way, is acceptable.


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