The Government has ordered the suspension of enrolling students to the SAITM medical campus in Malabe pending a new gazette on SAITM.
Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon said in a statement that the new gazette with the terms and conditions on how SAITM will operate in future will be issued soon.
The gazette notification will include the following issues.
-Admission of students to SAITM and offer of degrees will be stopped until the SAITM will fulfil relevant conditions of the government’s gazette.
-As the minimum standards of medical education should be ensured under the law and expeditiously gazette the minimum standards of medical education.
-No institute and person should influence the autonomy and the impartiality of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).
-Formation of current courses of SAITM according to a method accepted by the SLMC and forming a system to register the degrees which have already been offered.
-Informing the government’s position about the SAITM, to the Supreme Court.
In addition, actions will be taken to change the administrative structure of the SAITM to be operated as a joint project between the government and private sector.
Actions are carried out to takeover the hospital of the SAITM by the government.
A suitable program will be formed to list the SAITM in share market to gain required funds to SAITM or establish a trust with government/private fund through discussions.
The government with new approach expects to discuss with related parties to solve any issues which are not mentioned above. The government’s objective is to provide solutions to all those issues.
As there is a possibility to solve any other problem which is not mentioned above, the government expects all university students who are not attending to lectures will attend their lectures. The government also expects them to think about their personal future and consider the huge expenditure by the government for the free education, and will act to achieve the common goals expected by the government through free education.
The matters included in this notice were declared taking the submissions and proposals of the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Health and other relevant institutes, students, lecturers and the parents of students, Government Medical Officers’ Association, Association of Medical Specialists and other parties which are interested in this matter. The government expects all students will attend lectures by using their intelligence and the conscience for the sake of their future and the free education. The government also thank all doctors who reported for duty, ending up the strike.