Management of SAITM will be handed over to govt. in 30 yrs

- Dr. Neville Fernando


The interior of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital Picture by Jude Denzil Pathiraja

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Chairman / president of the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Dr.Neville Fernando said that he would not expect a return on investment but only an operational profit to run SAITM. He intends to hand over the management of the campus to the government in 30 years.

SAITM is the first private sector ‘Green Campus’ in Sri Lanka. He would gradually convert SAITM into a 'paperless institute' in the near future, in that all activities at the Institute would be computerized and 'paper work' eliminated.

'SAITM is a national gift to the goal-seeking youth of Sri Lanka. The certificates and degrees alone would not be sufficient, he said. It was his intention to produce educated young men and women of character through SAITM. Dr. Fernando said he was sure that his efforts would make SAITM the most sought after higher education institution in South Asia. He was addressing a media conference on January 16 at SAITM.

Dr.Fernando added that SAITM was situated on a picturesque 4-acre land in Malabe amid vast greenery. The surrounding environment would be protected and the students would be encouraged to live in harmony with the environment . The purpose built state-of-the-art 5-storeyed campus had all the facilities for teaching and learning; an auditorium with 350 seats, a student lounge spanning 10,000 sq. ft and a cafetaria.

Dr.Fernando said that SAITM academic staff consisted of professors and lecturers from both Sri Lanka and abroad who had excelled in their respective fields of study. The collaborative academic links with reputed foreign universities would enable SAITM to conduct undergraduate and post-graduate degrees.

Prof.Deepal Weerasakare said that medical and clinical training at the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital would commence in term 4 with attachments in General Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. There would be short attachments to cover the minor specialities. Training would be under the supervision of qualified clinical consultants at the hospital.

Senior lecturer Department of Civil Engineering Dr.Kushan Wijesundara said that in addition to the medical degrees, many graduate and post-graduate studies, such as, BSc.Eng (Hons) in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BSc. Eng (Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering, BSc. Eng (Hons) in Industrial Engineering, Telecommunication, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Bio Systems Engineering could also be followed.

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