The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) says it is fully supportive of a solution put forward by the Government of Sri Lanka.
A five member Presidential Committee report headed by Dr. Harsha de Silva, has stated that abolishment of the institution is not the solution.
The Committee is of the view that the solution proposed to resolve the current issues must be in accordance with the Government’s policy to enable non-state higher education, including medical education.
The 5 member Presidential Committee has already addressed the Deans proposals, which are proposals which cannot be implemented in the current legal framework.
Furthermore, SAITM has already expressed its views on the Presidential Committee report, where SAITM will extend its fullest support to Government’s commitment to maintain quality and standards of medical education. This includes broad-basing ownership and temporarily suspending the students’ admission for the MBBS programme.
SAITM also welcomed the initiative to legally establish standards, which should be applicable to both state and non-state faculties sans discrimination.
“SAITM management wishes to reiterate that the self-acclaimed SAITM Parents Association headed by Gamunu Wijeratne has no relation nor is it the official association of parents for SAITM. It is an association where Mr. Wijeratne voices his personal opinion and not the view of the majority of parents. Therefore, SAITM and its Management will not be held responsible for the statements given through this association,” SAITM added.
SAITM says it has and always will abide by the laws of the country and extend its fullest cooperation to the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite a just and expeditious solution for its MBBS graduates and undergraduates. (Colombo Gazette)