Nov 24, 2016

SAITM recommendations as court case underway, questioned Featured

It is entirely wrong for a parliamentary committee on higher education to make recommendations with regard to SAITM, even as a court case is underway in connection with the private medical college, says senior lecturer of Jayewardenepura University Anuruddha Pradeep Kalansooriya.

He also alleges the committee is biased, as its chairman, MP Ashu Marasinghe has been a supporter of SAITM.

Kalansooriya made the remarks to Sri Lanka regarding the committee’s recommendations that SAITM be run as a state-private partnership and Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital be taken over by the state.

This will be disadvantageous to the government, as it will have to bear costs of running the hospital, while Dr. Neville Fernando will profit from the private medical college, he said.

It is better that the ownership of both remains with Dr. Fernando, according to the senior university lecturer.

SAITM should be closed

He went onto say that the best solution would be first to close down SAITM, and then to take a decision with regard to its students.

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