JVP flays KDU for ‘extorting’ money from SAITM students


By Saman Indrajith

The students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to be absorbed into the Kotelawala Defence University had been asked to pay Rs 1.3 million per year, JVP Kalutara District MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa said.

 He pointed out that it was unfair as those students had been paying money to the SAITM for several years. He made the comment while moving a private member’s motion in Parliament yesterday.

 "When we passed the legislation to give effect to the transfer of SAITM students, there was no mentioning of payment of money to the KDU. The transfers must be done free of charge.

 UNP MP Prof Ashu Marasinghe, joining debate said even the students who had received scholarships from the SAITM had been asked by the KDU to pay for the medical degree programme.

He requested the government intervention to settle the matter.

 MP Jayatissa moved a private member’s motion titled ‘Establishment of a state medical faculty affiliated to the Uva Wellassa University using Badulla General Hospital as a teaching hospital, seeking the approval of parliament to set up a state medical faculty "affiliated to the Uva Wellassa University using Badulla General Hospital as a teaching hospital in order to strengthen the state education and health services since there are only 50% of the doctors required to maintain the country’s health services at an optimum level are available and large number of students who obtain high marks in the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Biology stream are unable to enter the state medical faculties."

 Dr Jayatissa said that the country had only 50 percent of the required number of doctors. Some health authorities boast of health indexes but the future would be in danger if the government did not take action to develop medical education.

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