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SAITM issue: A rational approach needed


There have been wide ranging views in all media regarding the degree awarding status of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in respect of their medical degree program. I consider this an extremely important national issue with regard to the expansion of the higher education sector in Sri Lanka. Therefore, we need to address this issue without any bias, and considering the current realities, global trends in university education, and long term national interests in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Health are the three most important organizations responsible to settle this issue. It is apparent from recent developments, particularly after the Appeal Court decision, that all interested parties pursue a confrontational approach, rather than trying to move towards settling the issue in the best interests of the students who have gone through the SAITM programme. It is also regrettable to note that some trade unions of respected professions are resorting to trade union action against an order issued by the Court of Appeal.


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