Establishing of the private medical university-SAITM –was a great effort done by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Special Assignments Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said today.
Addressing media at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) weekly press briefing at the SLFP Headquarters, Dr. Amunugama said the SLFP should be thankful to Mr. Rajapaksa for introducing the private medical universities to the country and it was a wise move that he had ever taken.
“The protests against the SAITM are not a practical thing according to our view. If there are issues on standards we should hold discussions and solve the issues. The standards what they seeking from SITAM, should have applicable to our State universities as well.
The initial loan of Rs. 600 mn for SITAM was issued by a State bank. Therefore, it is not a good thing for protesting against issuing the birth certificate to the child because it was born during the previous regime,” the Minister said.
“MRIA, Mattala Port and Highways were built to show his leadership and he didn’t build them to operate in isolation but to help convert Hambantota region as an investment industrial zone.
“The purpose of those projects was to help our manufacturers export their finished products to international markets easily,” he said.
“It is unfortunate to hear that Mr. Rajapaksa is now denying all the constructions he had done,” he said.
“Not having the power doesn’t mean that the country had fallen. MRIA, Mattala Port and Super Highways do not vaporize if Mr. Rajapaksa is not in power. All those projects and constructions can be used by any one and credit goes to him,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
Jagath Leanage Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:38 PM
Well said Mr.Amunugama. Even his favorites were sent to SAITEM and now he cant deny them.
Mohan1986 Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:48 PM
We are living in a modern world. JO should not ask for shout down private universities and they should request proper international quality standards. UGC is also an outdated institution for monitoring universities in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka should establish Higher Education Commission (HEC) for regulate both private and state universities. Sri Lanka can get expertise and knowhow (competence) from Pakistan. Pakistan has more than 15 years of experiences in private universities.
Maha Raja (MR) Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:01 PM
If the King was ruling now, it would have been a field day for the white vans. GMOA would have acted like mice.
con...doctor Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:04 PM
lol the wise move Mr had ever taken.....oh yes appointing stooges like u wasnt any bad.... via DM Android App
Ajith Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:08 PM
Fully agree that SAITM was one of the very good things done by MR. Full credit for approving it during his term. We need a couple more. But he is against it now. Why why why? Hr should stay away from JO who are leading him to a major disaster.
Bala Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:43 PM
Well said but then power is what MR and his hangers on want - not just appreciation and gratutude.
Raz Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:48 PM
Only a seasoned politician can give a press interview of this nature. Hats off to you sir via DM Android App
Sofia Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:10 PM
Yes as GMOA did not protest when the KDU was set by Gota.
shantha Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:18 PM
You forgot helping hambantota theft, killing of politicians and journalists,jailing of greatest general in our history?Tell it to donkeys?
Dee Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:42 PM
So MR has also done good deeds like creation of SAITAM?
Kadiya Thursday, 09 February 2017 07:42 PM
That was then but now he's hiding his thoughts when his acolytes are hounding SAITM!
sg Thursday, 09 February 2017 08:14 PM
A good thought.
sg Thursday, 09 February 2017 08:16 PM
we need more private medical collage with good quality and monitoring system by the government.
Nuwan Friday, 10 February 2017 06:09 AM
Ha...Ha...So does this make MR more popular now?
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