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Eight State Medical Faculty Deans who met Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella, have decided to propose that SAITM suspends the admission of students until the completion of the periodic review on its medical degree programme, a statement said.

During the six-month period, the Ministry of Higher Education, the University Grants Commission and Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and other stakeholders will develop an operational procedure applicable to non-state medical education.

Higher Education Ministry Secretary D.C. Dissanayake said in a statement that it was decided to propose to the SAITM administration to refer students who already completed the degree to undergo a month each on clinical training in Medicine, Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics in a state hospital.

In addition they would have to pass a licensing examination conducted by the SLMC. At the meeting, the Deans agreed to discuss the proposals with the SLMC.

State Minister of Higher Education, Mohal Lal Grero, UGC Chairman Prof. Mohan de Silva and Vice Chairman Prof. P.S.M. Gunaratne attended the meeting.

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  • Rohantha Monday, 13 February 2017 10:38 PM

    Sure, let the standards be applicable to all universities, whether state or private. And let an independent body evaluate each university for the standards.After all Standards should be same for all universities , whether State or Private

    Yehiya Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:29 PM

    Not only Universities. Private hospital also fall in the same category. No standers for check in

    Dr.Nick Monday, 13 February 2017 11:18 PM

    All state hospitals are manned by GMOA sympathisers. These students can have a tough time.Why did the deans wait until the students passed out via DM Android App

    aravinda Monday, 13 February 2017 11:24 PM

    I don't think it should be suspended even a single day. They can review the programme while students proceed their studies. As for the clinical training, students should be allowed to train in any state hospital since patients are not the property of GMOA or the SLMC.

    kondaya77 Monday, 13 February 2017 11:48 PM

    All this for S.A.I,T.M. students ,while others from so called recognized universities are on strike.

    SLMC thugs Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:07 AM

    the people marking the papers will be affiliated to the SLMC...and all students from SAITM would be penalized...fair markings wont happen... via DM Android App

    Dean Chief Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:17 AM

    Abolish the parliment also for 6months ...

    wickremasinghe Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:26 AM

    Very good move by the Deans.All good decisions should be taken by the educated people; Not by some of these ministers with out much education. Generally people vote and choose members for the parliment. They are the servants of the people. In Srilanka it is the other way about,as soon as they enter the government people who voted them becomes the servants. I hope the minister concern will lisen to the educated deans and pipe down.

    ajith Tuesday, 14 February 2017 01:40 AM

    Some sanity.

    ANTHONY Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:52 PM

    Then let the GCE advance level marking and university placement be same all island i.e. outstation students with less marks getting priority over Colombo student must not happen

    Pf Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:57 PM

    The Government should listen to the Deans and SLMC. via DM Android App

    Mahila Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:28 AM

    Why 6 months for the exercise. If the discrepancy has been identified then just place it on the table and ask SAITM to comply - Maximum 2 weeks to put this on the table to allow the BUSY people to make time to sit down and agree. If not identified as yet, how does one come to the conclusion that the SAITM Medical College training is not good enough?

    Mahila Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:33 AM

    The country, specially the remote areas, are in crying need for additional doctors to treat the sick; which have been put on the backburner due to strikes of one kind or the other of the hypocrites (tax free cars, Royal College for children and not Pelmadulla central, et all). So we need to hurry up the process. 6 months is too long, unless GOMA will give undertaking, "no more strikes and stop work", for next 6 years, even if cars are not given.

    Mahila Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:40 AM

    They have already stipulated conditions for SAITM to operate as a approved MC to enable students to achieve MBBS degree to practice in SL hospitals, according to our esteemed Past President His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, as per todays papers at the CM court. If they have not been complied by SAITM, please arrange ASAP.

    luci Tuesday, 14 February 2017 02:29 PM

    Have one exam for everyone - State, Private or Foreign

    watcher Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:16 PM

    Send the Deans to the moon to propose. Then we on earth can have law and order

    citizen Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:21 PM

    Deans are insane to think SAITM can be trained in GMOA hospitals. Only the legal verdict will get them the internship training they so badly need and are entitled to

    chandra Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:50 AM

    Any student government university or private university, clinical practice is tough.

    Sameera Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:04 AM

    They have proposed those suggestions about 2 years ago but non of TH responsible parties considered those until this has become a chaos

    Bala Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:06 AM

    All in SLMC are also old boys of GMOA - the hydra headed monster.

    Sofia Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:12 AM

    What about the Court Order. How can these people pressurise the Court ? Is it not contempt ?

    suresh Tuesday, 14 February 2017 09:01 AM

    how about doing the same with Kotalawala academy also

    sobers Tuesday, 14 February 2017 09:02 AM

    very sensible and professional move, You can always increase the quality and standards. Who knows by doing it SAITM may become the best. No one can force the government to close down, That amounts to ransom! Also Most of the Private companies are a huge success as many are holding private and foreign degrees. One must admit that European,American, Australian Degrees from reputed universities are superior. If one could follow the World rankings they will get the answer. Also do not ruin the lives of thousands who are eligible but due to the prevailing systems unable to get admission. Many have better results than the protesters.


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