While stating that some SAITM students were psychologically affected due to the prolonged SAITM issue and undergoing medical treatment, the Student Action Committee of SAITM (SACS) urged the government to proceed with the decision to enroll SAITM students to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).
SACS Convener Shanaka De Saram told a news conference that SAITM students had been waiting for a solution to this problem for many years and hoped for a positive end to this issue each time the government announced various policy decisions.
He said the academic activities of SAITM students had come to a standstill and that they were depressed because their future seemed uncertain.
“Several students have sought medical treatment for depression. People say we are from affluent families, but only we know the struggle we are going through to earn a medical degree in a private university. The parents of many students have obtained loans to support their child’s education,” he said.
“Meanwhile, the academic staff has been compelled to resign because of financial constraints in paying their salaries and our academic programme is dying a natural death. The fate and future of these students have become uncertain,” he said.
He said it was the government’s responsibility to resolve this matter and added that the students were thankful to the relevant authorities for agreeing to transfer all students to KDU.
“However, to implement this decision, legislative amendments should be made for enrollment as it is a military institute. We are happy that one day we will be able to help our motherland through our expertise. We saved a lot of foreign exchange for the country by joining SAITM which would have otherwise been spent on foreign universities,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
Did GMOA ever feeel for the emotionally hit helpless students who wasted their time and money? Did they feel for the patients in hospital when they went on countless strikes beating even the record of those days' harbor workers?
DJ Thursday, 03 May 2018 10:19 PM
The GMOA is a sick bunch of human beings. They totally forgot the future of children and the human factors involved
Sad Aunty Friday, 04 May 2018 01:06 AM
I know of a Student, whose marriage proposal got denied cause the boys parents did not want a girl studying in saitm. The girl is in severe depression. I feel sad for her :(
DOT Friday, 04 May 2018 03:44 AM
Sad situation of duping students without getting the act right at the beginning ..this is wrong and the people who duped should be taken to task ..the promise in that brochure !
bana Friday, 04 May 2018 04:44 AM
Finally SAITM students become underdogs.government should get a quick decision without playing with these life via DM Android App
mail4.miracle Friday, 04 May 2018 05:43 AM
Makes one wonder whether there is any governing capacity in the govt. which has the sole responsibility for govt. UGC approved courses. July 2015 Prof. Rizvi Sheriff inspection report of July 2015 is now 3 years old in recommendations. GR will instantly take to KDU.
Ceylon Friday, 04 May 2018 05:28 PM
This things are happening due to president is un educated fool.
Foreign doctor Friday, 04 May 2018 07:40 PM
In other countries there are many private universities/ medical schools. By having such private institutions the country benefits. No one looses out. Wherever human beings exists jealousy exist. The GMOA has no right to interfere with SAITIM. The government just buckled to the GMOA. Spineless government. This type of protest from doctors in other countries never happened. In UK there are few private medical schools. The British Medical Association never raised a word nor a single day of protest suggested. I will consider GMOA as lowest of the low. Disgraceful.
Hello there Saturday, 05 May 2018 12:30 PM
Can you name these private medical schools that you speak of in the UK? And can you mention which one of them accepts students with only 2 'C's and an 'S' grade at the A' levels
Nilavakan Saturday, 12 May 2018 01:09 PM
Yes there private medical schools. But there is no medical school where any donkey can get a degree by paying just because they are related to powerful people. Its only possible in srilanka.
predictor Friday, 04 May 2018 08:30 PM
It is sad these students Are suffering. but no point to blame either Gmoa or government. saitm must take responsibility for betrayed these students by forming illegal medical intitution. via DM Android App
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