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SAITM students stranded; Transfer to KDU yet to be implemented

By  Ashanthi Warunasuriya

The issue over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) continues to drag resulting in the academic activities of the students being stalled.

Convener of the SAITM Student Action Committee Shanaka De Saram said that after its establishment in 2009, SAITM functioned as a UGC approved degree awarding institute until 2017.

As a result of vehement opposition from various trade unions and student unions to this institute, President Maithripala Sirisena decided to abolish this institute in October 2017.

“As a result of this, all our academic and clinical activities were hindered and our lecturers and non-academic staff were not even paid their salaries. The proposed alternative solution provided for the students was not implemented either and we as students were facing increased and immense mental stress since our future is very uncertain,” De Saram said.

The President later decided to affiliate SAITM students to the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) on the 31st of January 2018.

“It has been over 50 days since then and still the procedure as to how this transfer would be implemented has not been conveyed to us. Because of this we have a justifiable reason to ponder whether this solution too will be not implemented as it happened on previous occasions. Therefore, we humbly request the President to look into our plea and hasten the implementation of the transfer procedure to KDU,” De Saram said.

However, the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) which has been protesting against SAITM, said stated that they oppose affiliating SAITM to the KDU.

IUSF Convener Lahiru Weerasekera said the SAITM should be affiliated to either the Sabaragamuwa University or to Wayamba University. He said that their organization carried out a protest in the capital recently urging the Government to meet their demands.

Weerasekera said that they would carry out another protest in this regard after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and continue until they receive a final solution.

The IUSF maintains that the medical education of the country will be sold through SAITM.

Weerasekera said that the KDU uses the name SAITM for their degrees as well to fulfill their purpose. He said the name of an abolished institute should not be used in this regard to flourish the government’s agenda.

2 Comments for “SAITM students stranded; Transfer to KDU yet to be implemented”

  1. Executive President gave order for affiliation of SAITM to KDU on the agreement of GMOA. His order was being carried out but interested parties obstruct. GMOA agreed as SLMC would automatically be forced to carry out verdict and give internship to SAITM already approved. That is their legal right as a degree awarding govt. institute, which has CLASS ACTION lawsuit. Transitional justice demands to end this created comic chaos with help of utopian Karl Marx, so that a once and for all take over of SAITM takes place as a just solution. GMOA tempted by SAITM owner is looking to DIVIDE SAITM group so they keep back students from SAITM for GMOA private med. school TWIN program failed 10 yrs. ago as Nizhny not approved by Carlos. All delaying tactics are approved by jealous “state” H.E has already signed cabinet paper and Higher Edu. and Health Ministers must activate the lethargic UGC Chairman to do the needful registrations already in the records. Otherwise resign and let a more leadership capable handle like NCMC

  2. Harsha committee to SLIIT transfer failed as latter has no SLMC registration. GMOA request to KDU approved and signed by H.E but obstructed trying to divide between London and local A/L when all 3 have London A/L in KDU, SAITM and foreign quota STATE. SAITM owner money mad and will destroy future of students professing to have helped them as CEO negotiates with GMOA mafia to profit. SAITM parents are ignorant, traumatized and paralysed as Gemunu ashamed of SAITM on MBBS. Public deceived due to false accusations flying around. UGC chairman has all the records to present justiceable solution, to the diplomas now gone into MBBS, but silent like the cause of death of Lasantha. Surely there are 100 such in practice today including MBBS (Con) SLMC registrar. Job agents watching. GMOA better off in politics rather than small kappan. Now IUSF has plans to further delay SAITM. The question is whether just one brain left to act governmentally to completion. Rajapakse comeback will solve in one day.

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