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Professor Neville Perera of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) said today that some state universities were substandard and that there were only two or three professors in the medical faculties of some of them.

Speaking at a media briefing convened by the parents of the students of SAITM, he said SAITM did not have junior lecturers. "We have only senior lecturers and professors in our institute, whereas in most of the state universities lectures are given by junior lecturers,” he said.

He added that there was nothing called minimum standards in medical education and that it did not require a huge hospital to give clinical practice to a group of about 35 students.

If minimum standards were imposed at least two universities would have to be shut down, he said.

The parents of the students of SAITM, which is currently the centre of a huge controversy, said they had admitted their children to SAITM as it had been approved by the Higher Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

“We enrolled our children to SAITM not out of ignorance. We admitted them as SAITM had got legal approval,” said the Private Medical College Parents' Society president, P.M.B.K. Tennakoon.

He said the verdict of the Court of Appeal should be accepted by everyone and it would be contempt of court to go against the verdict.

Mr. Tennakoon said the Sri Lanka Medical Council should respect the verdict of the court and register the SAITM students.

“The SLMC has no option but to accept the court's ruling. What they should do is not criticise SAITM but help develop its standards so that we could secure a huge amount of foreign currency,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 13

  • SL-Wallah Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:07 AM

    I do agree with the professor. Sri Lanka's universities have lost the shine and the prestige and thereby the integrity. Present day university graduates don,t measure up to international standards that are apparent facing challenges once they leave the country seeking further studies or job opportunities.

    Kadiya Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:10 AM

    Not only that the students therein have no standard at all!!!

    Dee Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:36 AM

    Its not the uni's. They maintain standards. Its the products who are of poor quality. No wonder when we get 'akkis' and 'ayiyas' coming out.

    UniDon Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:38 AM

    Many SAITM Students are substandard

    Crocy Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:48 AM

    If so, the government should look into that. But they are also interested only in SAITM.

    Nuwan Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:48 AM

    Good comment and it goes to the heart of the problem. Government is not doing anything to uplift the quality of education. Instead they are tossing the ball to private sector. Over the years public universities will lose not only staff but also students and there goes opportunities for the poor majority.

    sobers Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:55 AM

    Before debating the standards in Universities, Discipline is rock bottom, This is because Students entering through the system from rural ares have a hatred towards urban and students entering from good social back round. These troublesome students are backed by a Politically distruptive party. If you allow a free hand a repetition of 1971

    ravin Wednesday, 15 February 2017 08:01 AM

    How far you all (parents/supporters of SAIMT) had free education from Sri Lanka's education system. If state didn't paid for your education by this time state could have provided all facilities to universities.

    Yana Wednesday, 15 February 2017 02:15 PM

    What a load of crap!

    Dee Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:47 PM

    Im sure you are one of 'those' people who can't get a proper job. You will till thy kingdom come 'protest'

    Senewi Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:02 PM

    So called "senior lecturers" may be out dated

    Saman Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:12 PM

    They are Professors and senior lecturers. They do understand the language of money than anyone else.

    Roahan Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:37 AM

    whst it is said was exactly right via DM Android App

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