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SAITM Students Demand Equal Rights

Students of the controversial South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) on Friday urged the government to take note urgently of the many obstacles placed in their path and adopt immediate and appropriate measures to allow them to take their rightful place as doctors in the health structure of Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a media briefing today, the students said that the SAITM graduates are knowledgeable, capable and highly committed to assume their rightful place as fully-fledged doctors to serve Sri Lanka.

“All students currently registered for the MBBS degree programme have fulfilled the UGC entry criteria. Moreover, the final examinations for the MBBS have been conducted according to UGC regulations along with the participation of both internal examiners from SAITM and the State medical faculties,” Dilshan Fernando, a SAITM MBBS Graduate said. The students emphasise that contrary to what is said by various parties, all the SAITM students are not from super rich families and that a majority is from middle class families whose parents work hard to pay for their children’s education.

“Although the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is legally bound to provide us with provisional registration as intern medical officers, the SLMC has unfortunately rejected doing so. Therefore, one of our colleagues has challenged this matter in courts, and we are positive that the truth will finally prevail,” Tharindu Ruwanpathiranage, a SAITM MBBS Graduate, said at the media briefing.

The students said they are united in their demand that they be given the opportunity to prove their worth to the citizens of Sri Lanka as doctors and said that they are amongst the best and are ready to serve Sri Lanka.

1 Comment for “SAITM Students Demand Equal Rights”

  1. Dot

    The guiding principles behind the establishment of a private education institution amidst the accepted philosophy of free education to all within the scope of the country employment structure should have been ironed out before giving the big tick ..The International schools are different for they are Pty limited establishments based on the aspiration of parents who mostly desire an overseas tertiary education for their young ones ..the evaluation of their competence is carried out with foreign examinations .. Now this happened because of the apparent lack of concern of the then government .or other wise. there is a crying need for medics in the outer fringed of our country .Let us absorb these young adults and give them an hands on training on serving the needs of the public,and upgrade the hospitals with actual humane care .

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