SC petitioned against SAITM’s MBBS degree

By Chitra Weerarathne

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake’s gazette notification of August 30, 2012, recognising the MBBS degrees awarded by the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (Pvt.) Limited, of Malabe.

The petitioners, two medical practitioners and two university lecturers, have complained that the Minister’s order has caused inequality among the medical officers registered under Section 29, of the Medical Ordinance by creating a significant difference between persons obtaining MBBS degrees from this new institution and others recognised by the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

By the creation of such a new MBBS degree awarding institution, an undefined segment of the society, will be exposed to medical officers/doctors who will be less skilled and less knowledgeable, the petition has said, adding that the health standards of the persons exposed to such unskilled, untrained doctor will be at great risk.

The petitioners have requested the Court to declare null and void the gazette notification dated August 30, 2012.

The petitioners are Dr. Sanjeewa Sankalpa Marasinghe, Dr. Upul M Gunasekera, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri and Dr. Karnasuri Ragalage, Anuruddha Pradeep Perera.

Among the respondents are the Sri Lanka Medical Council, the University Grants Commission and the Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake.

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