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Pvt. Medical College Continues Enrolments

The controversial private medical college has refused to stop the enrolment of students to the institute.

South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Vice Chancellor Malkanthie Chandrasekara has reportedly turned down requests by the Health Ministry and the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) to suspend enrolling students.

The Vice Chancellor has said the authorities or the GMOA had nothing to do with the institute’s enrolment process.

Prof. Chandrasekara has explained that the quality and standard of the medical degrees awarded by the SAITM came under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).

She has added that most of the basic requirements for a private medical college have been provided by the institute and a few remaining facilities were under preparation as SAITM has been given 18 months to complete the requirements.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is to appoint a committee to probe the gazette issued by the Higher Education Ministry permitting the institute to grant MBBS degrees and the standard of the institution.

3 Comments for “Pvt. Medical College Continues Enrolments”

  1. Manju

    Most member docs think that GMOA should divert their energy to solve the outstanding problems of their membership, rather than giving in to few extremist in the general committee. Why are they against development of Homagama Hospital to a Teaching Hospital by SAITM, denying people good free medical care? Why is GMOA silent on Rajarata and Batticaloa Medical colleges which are very poor in their facilities-much worse than SAITM?
    GMOA member

  2. chitra wickram

    The places for government medical colleges are limited in Srilanka.The students who can’t get places are sent abroad by their parents.Living abroad by themselves,leaving their families and friends behind is a sad situation to be in.I have experienced it myself.Also it is a costly affair.
    Prof.Chandrasekera is doing the right thing by giving the students a chance to do the MBBS degrees at home,surrounded by the families and friends.Which will give them emotional support.Also the government will save some money.

  3. gamarala

    This must be the first medical school without a teaching hospital in the world.
    Prof Malkanthi Chandrasekera is a dentist and lists “Primary FDSRACS” as one of her qualifications.
    This is only the first part of the FDSRCS examination.
    There are 17 russian teachers who would not know sinhala or tamil – maybe they may know some english.How do they teach?
    This is appears to be mainly a financial venture – like the carribbean medical schools.

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