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The first batch of the SAITM students, who were absorbed to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KUD) for the MBBS Degree, had been instructed to pay around six million rupees as course fee for a period of five years, the Daily Mirror learns.

A parent of a SAITM student informed the Daily Mirror that they were informed this when they attended at the interviews today at the KDU premises in Ratmalana.

The interview board had instructed the parents to pay the 1st instalment of Rs 680,000 and a library deposit of Rs 6,000 which includes a non-refundable deposit of Rs. 2,000 before Monday (6) when they would be registered.

The students were told that the lectures would begin from Tuesday, August 7.

In a letter issued to the students, it had instructed to pay an annual course fee of Rs 1.36 mn where they have to make the first instalment by November 30 and in the same date each year.

In addition, the students were instructed to pay Rs. 35,000 for their uniform and Rs 2,000 for the KDU Diary.

In the letter issued to the parents, it had asked to deposit the money to BOC Account 9405831, Idama, Moratuwa Branch.

A parent of SAITM student said that they were told to forget what they have paid to SAITM institute and the students who failed to pay the KDU course fee would not be absorbed into KDU.

“We were not informed about such thing. This is very wrong. We have pawned our properties to enrol our children at the SAITM. There is no way that we can pay such a big amount so soon. We were misled by the Government again,” the parent told the Daily Mirror.

When contacted, KDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Defence and Administration) Major General Indunil Ranasinghe said that he could not disclose any detail of the enrolment officially.

“I cannot comment on this matter officially. I’m not aware of the letter given to SAITM students stating the course fees. I was not on the Interview Board,” he added.

The John Kotelawala Defence University (Special Provisions) Bill, to absorb SAITM medical students into the KDU, was passed in Parliament with amendment on June 20. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

 

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  • Senarath Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:38 PM

    Back door entrance for the dumbest who otherwise wouldn't have even been qualified to be peons. Good luck with future Sri Lankan "doctors".

    Dee Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:45 PM

    Your reference to 'quality' doctors are gmoa accepted fellows who can't even speak English?

    Lasa Thursday, 02 August 2018 01:35 PM

    Senarath. It show how much social jealousy you have.. feel pity about you. How can you say that a student who has passed a/l is not suitable to be a peon. Do you know how many students with 3 s come from remote areas to government medical faculties. How many students with 3 or 4 As complete postgraduates after MBBS, or how many of them leave the uni halfway due to lack of competencies to complete MBBS. AL is not the only way of filtering best students. This shows your petty mind set..

    aruna Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:43 PM

    This shows Senarath's ideology and how hatrel is he !!!

    Rose Monday, 06 August 2018 08:55 AM

    Senarath your comment is deplorable. Just shows the stupidity of our Sri Lankan Doctors. They learn free of charge out of our hard earned tax monies and see how they talk. We should immediately ask they government to stop funding the MBBS students in our local universities. Ungrateful uncivilized barbarians!!!

    Prasad Monday, 06 August 2018 03:26 PM

    Shock to here this comment. What type of a man is this. How did you get in to the university. What was your A/L result. Did you get the best result ?. Who had to sacrifice his result on behalf of you ?. How dumbest you were to pay money for extra tuition to get through your A/L . Before issuing statements look back at your self and issue.

    Ceylon Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:54 PM

    Government do this kind of wro g,ijustice and criminal act ???.sri lanka givernment headed by corruot sirisena and corrupt ranil do.students leagaly adimited and studied according to rules of saitm university.then government closed down.now telling them to forget what they paid.thus case must take to international criminal court by parents and students.

    Sarath Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:37 AM

    Now what would the GMOA and IUSF say regarding the selling of degrees?

    lahiru Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:17 PM

    either Government or SAITAM need to pay this

    haiyoo yahapalanaya Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:40 AM

    Gahen wetuna minihata gona anna wage....

    Azam Thursday, 02 August 2018 11:59 AM

    Good. SIATEM would have charged ten million. So this is cheaper.

    SL Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:02 PM

    Had there be no quality issue SAITEM was a fine place for sri lankan kids who want learn to be doctors.unfortunately SAITEM did not adhere to it's own quality formalities

    lkboy Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:06 PM

    Its unfair to charge students who have already paid for SAITM. Either pay them back that money.

    Ras Thursday, 02 August 2018 04:49 PM

    We wish to know , how long a student who enters the medical college this year will take, to earn the money of Six million rupees, which he/she will be paying as the entire course fee, after he/she becomes a qualified practicing Doctor.

    ND Thursday, 02 August 2018 04:59 PM

    Ask the parliamentarians to pay for the students with their pay hikes!!

    saliya Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:20 PM

    will the GMOA go on a strike against this fee

    Gaya Thursday, 02 August 2018 08:57 PM

    @lahiru why do govt (means public) need to pay ?It must be paid by Dr. Nevile Fernando (who already collected the money) or parents of such students as they lobbied to abolish SAITM and transfer students to KDU!

    gamarala Friday, 03 August 2018 04:53 PM

    Very first military academy to teach medicine in the whole world.Other nations, please copy.


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