The Inter-University Students' Federation (IUSF) said that Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne's daughter-in-law (MP Chathura Senaratne's wife), Sarupa Samangi Manathunga was following a course at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) and that that was why Dr. Senaratne was striving to protect SAITM.
IUSF convener Lahiru Weerasekara said they were informed by reliable sources at SAITM that the health minister's daughter-in-law was studying there and that her registration number was MF121F 006MD77.
Some other relatives and friends of politicians are said to be studying at SAITM; but no further details have been obtained,said Lahiru .
"The so-called medical college where medical degrees are actually sold for millions of rupees, is receiving much support from the Health Ministry.
"The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has refused to approve SAITM, yet Dr. Senaratne has approved it and allowed its students to undergo clinical training at state hospitals. We will not remain silent and allow the minister to place the health service and innocent patients' lives in danger," he said.
He said the IUSF would be conduct a joint opposition campaign together with some trade unions and civil organisations against the Health Ministry's decision. (Piyumi Fonseka)
It is not only relatives of ministers that study in SAITM. Many hardworking parents send their children to SAITM to realize their life long dream of providing a good education and make them productive citizens. As citizens of this country all of us are paying to produce loads of unwanted graduates from state universities who are even unable to find employment on their own and agitating for jobs. Which of above scenarios is better for us as a nation?
das Thursday, 17 December 2015 05:27 PM
Because eventually the private univ educated doctors may become better than the others.
UniDon Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:18 PM
Of course, because they would become "Doctors" even without A Levels
Sopia Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:17 PM
What has this question got to do with not allowing SAITM to function. Other than categories above how many private parents will benefit from SAITM if their child fell by 2 marks to enter Medfaculty. Otherwise they frustate here or spend FE and send abroad. Everyway Sri Lanka loses.
Bala Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:10 PM
The cat was in the bag for the past five years before Rajitha became Health Minister
Ruwan Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:57 PM
These words may sound harsh but this is the real truth. The great divide between haves and have nots.
ran Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:11 PM
Nadine W Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:54 AM
This is where background comes in. Owing to the district quota quite a few of the state uni medical students are from low income backgrounds with no exposure to the world. They are so insecure and jealous of the folks who can afford to pay on their own and the upper class. That is why it the state uni intake especially to the medical faculty should be purely based on Merit and not give preference to low income level students. It is pure jealousy that having asked SAITM to pay to use State unis and they still oppose. Clear 3rd grade attitude.
Uduma Lebbe Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:32 AM
Through out the decades 1000s of medical doctors have been entering into the government hospitals from foreign Universities from all over the world.Most of them are private universities.Why Mr.Lahiru you r. opposing Sri Lankan 1 st Medical University where qualified lecturers work with well equipped facilities to the students. Actually you must be proud of it. Actually if you are against for the private universities you should have started your campaign much more earlier and opposing the appointment of foreign graduated doctors.You know that Medical Students from every hook and corner of the world except SAITM students can undergo clinical training in The Sri Lankan Government Hospitals by payment. Be broad minded and think!
Banda Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:29 AM
We should bring in a bill where students who protest will be kicked out of university. Or A small fee would be charged per semester from all government university students so the ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE TRUE VALUE OF EDUCATION without stopping those from learning.
Nethra Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:20 AM
Who speak so much against private University, there only jealousy starts, against their own citizens. I don't know when these Sri Lankans correct themselves short living period-making life miserable for others and themselves.
chandra Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:15 AM
We are also graduates, Also our children studied abroad. No university student abroad fight against private unis. Only in Sri lanka. Dear Uni students please think (SAITAM) they are also citizens of this country and have spent much more than you to do their studies. Govt must allow and encourage private unis and govt unis to compete to elevate their standard. We are for the private Universities. Its a right of any student to have education whatever the way they need. Its education not fighting a war or peddling drugs. Long live private universities.
wet otter Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:03 AM
Editor - please publish all the names of students of MPs, military officers, lecturers of government medical school, ministry of health officials and ministers in SAITEM Medical Faculty (including both UNP and UFPA) Then it will be more transparent for everyone)
Paackeer, Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:10 AM
Govt must teach a good lesson for these people who are lazy and always depend on govt as their lazy grandfathers who were depending on free measures of govt rice.
nan Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:59 AM
SO THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG NOW. WHO KNOWS WHAT WILL COME OUT NEXT.
a Thursday, 17 December 2015 01:36 AM
thilanga Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:44 AM
who care who study in SAITM. government took right division. well done
Thanos Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:31 AM
Why is it so hard to start a proper standardized SLMC registered, monitored private medical university? What is so difficult about this?
Saman fernandos Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:21 AM
First of all why do you have to be threatened by a private medical school? After all these local graduates claim to be the brightest in our country. And they can continue to believe so while in Sri Lanka no body will dispute this until and unless they leave Sri Lanka. As for those who fail A/L could always go overseas or run for elections in Sri Lanka
konda pana puncha Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:16 AM
mothers and fathers ( Amma ge appa ge "booddhale") Property.!
KJ Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:14 AM
willows Thursday, 17 December 2015 08:43 AM
what is wrong, she too another student studying there? these guys are really pain in the but/sheer jealousy?
Hinganaupadhikaaraya Thursday, 17 December 2015 08:42 AM
Free educated beggars!!
Asanka Thursday, 17 December 2015 05:30 AM
i dont think those who pay and study in this medical college will ever go for strikes asking for vehicle permits and so on. This will reduce the bargaining power trade unions will have with the government. there is a minimum requirement to enter these colleges. those who fail A/Ls cant enter them.
Nims Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:37 AM
ONLY thing I can say is "there are NO honest politicians in our country!!!!"