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Should give space for private universities as SAITM: Akila

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The Government should give some space to establish private universities such as SAITM in the country as all the school leavers couldn’t be enrolled into State Universities; Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today addressing media at the Ministry.

Minister Kariyawasam said he was the only person to adjourn a debate in Parliament against SAITM.

“Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the person who brought SITAM to the country and we are adopting his baby. I rose against SITAM in Parliament to bring it up to a certain quality and standard,” he said.

“If private universities agreed to maintain quality as the Government stipulates there is no objection to providing lands for them,” he said.

Two Medical Universities would be established in Kuliyapitiya and Sabaragamuwa. Rs. 2 billion had already being funded by the government for the construction of the Sabaragamuwa medical university.

“According to international standards, there should be a certain number of doctors for certain size of population. Unfortunately we haven’t reached that level yet,” he said.

“Establishing private universities will help stop flowing foreign exchange to other countries,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 24

  • Batta Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:48 PM

    ohh now you people are concerned about the Indians , Yet failed to protest and shoot people when the government is bringing in the ECTA act ? Wow such double standards :p

    Mahila Friday, 10 February 2017 09:43 AM

    Private MC is better and less costly than Foreign MC for the parents of children who miss out due to Z score. Far less impact on country's foreign reserves too

    Srian Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:01 PM

    Good point. Also expand the state medical faculties to absorb those who qualify for medicine.

    Bingo Thursday, 09 February 2017 07:52 AM

    Hope,this will not be like low grade Quantity Survaying degrees offers through UPADI KADA in SL ,which have already hurt the fame of sri lankan high grade Quantity Surveyors produced through Moratuwa unive.

    Gum Thursday, 09 February 2017 07:29 AM

    I totally agree with you Mahila. Then we can see who is better the ones who get in with Z score or SAITAM

    Justica...Doctors Sans Frontiers... Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:56 AM

    make more facilities available to students who just miss the borderlines...this district favoration is very unfair...let em ALL sit the same exams...who pass out serves...others must fund something else to do....after all pvt colleges drain the parents financial resources.....ALSO gives a fair playing field....mistbof these losers who cry for freebies better buckle up n study than be protesting...n spoil their own future also being a menace to society.. via DM Android App

    Dhanushka Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:37 AM

    Dude!!! ONE PUNCH!!

    Dot Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:37 AM

    If there is a quota for the State University Medical degree and quality students are left out due ti the quota as it happens all over the world ,then the answer would be to establish private colleges .Since this establishment is impacts other areas like land and infrastructure at its foundation level which may displace people .Since it involves a radical change in the areas concerned and Family incomes too . may be the State should offset the loss by proper legislation for a Common Exam and also a contract with the students to serve the country in areas where there is a dire need to improve our ratio of .68 Medical graduate to 1000 people on the average.Over to you Minister !

    Nav Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:01 AM

    All private students should sit the same Medical college exams at the same time under additional MC supervision.This could be extended to intermediate exams as well, so the students will know which way they are heading.It is ok to take private tuition but students should take the same government exam.

    Dr.Goonathilake Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:55 PM

    The selection to all Universities should be purely on merit. This will eliminate all unwanted elements entering the Universities & creating problems due to inferiority complex. via DM Android App

    Professor J.JInadasa Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:13 PM

    Hon Minister Karaiyawasam, Congratulations for trying to develop private universities including medical universities.

    soodi Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:48 PM

    Then propose Private MBBS for private hospitals and GOV. MBBS only for government hospitals.

    Sukith Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:30 PM

    Doctor to patient ratio in india satisfactory due to freely available mbbs degree . But the quality of doctors are extremely poor health indicators indicates that Its the otherway around in srilanka we have excellent health indicators touching the levels of developed countries. So therefore the main idea should be to produce doctors with high quality rather than giving mbbs bypassing slmc which is the main quality controler of doctors in srilanka

    Mo1986 Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:33 PM

    As far as I know there is no law or an act, government has not established independent monitoring institute for private universities. Moreover, no standard or quality parameters for degree offered by private institutions. Most part-time lecturers are working there without Ph.Ds. But, they teach for postgraduate degrees.

    Jilla Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:33 PM

    Are you saying US,UK ,EU and the entire world has low wuality docs?

    Mahila Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:09 PM

    There should be common qualifying examination for all medical students at the end of first year of study either private or government on merit only to continue studies. This is to ensure parity of qualification and suitability to be a MBBS doctor 4 years thereafter, with stringent clinical training and be able to perform satisfactorily as professional Doctor. Whether they entered with district quota, Z score or entirely on merit would be immaterial. Equal playing field.

    Don Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:52 PM

    Doctors at private hospitals charge 2800 including the hospital fee and sees up to 80 patients in the evening. Do the math. More doctors means less demand. via DM Android App

    Bala Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:35 PM

    There is a surfeit of Lawyers but dispensing justice is very slow. What we need are more courts and independent judges.

    Bala Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:32 PM

    SLMC are former GMOA doctors and dance to GMOA tune only - not independent.

    dias Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:01 PM

    Please propose to start more Private Law colleges to offer degree programme equvalent to degrees offered by law college and state universities of Sri Lanka to give more chances to all the school leavers and other professionals.

    Danusker Wednesday, 08 February 2017 05:42 PM

    What about Saitama in Japan :D

    ANTON Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:43 PM


    lkboy Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:38 PM

    Can you please focus on developing rural schools.

    sam Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:33 PM

    you speak sense , sir.

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