VCs of state universities agree to government’s solution for SAITM issue, request students to resume academic activities

The Vice Chancellors of state universities have expressed agreement with the set of proposals provided by the government to resolve the SAITM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine) issue and requested the students of the medical faculties to return to academic activities.

The vice chancellors of all state universities in a joint statement said the proposals presented by the Commission appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena to resolve the issue regarding the medical faculty of SAITM can be accepted as a series of reasonable and positive proposals.

The Vice Chancellors said after extensively studying the announcement issued by the Director General of Government Information on October 29, 2017, they have decided that the set of proposals can be accepted as a positive solution.

Accordingly, since a positive situation has arisen for the medical students of state universities to resume their academic activities, the Vice Chancellors urged the boycotting students to return to classes immediately to pursue their studies.

The Vice-Chancellor’s association said after considering the adverse impact on the country’s health sector and the uncertainties about the future of the medical students due to the non-participation of the students in their academic activities in recent months, they have taken the decision to urge the students to resume classes.

The announcement has been issued by the Vice Chancellors of all the Universities including Rajarata, Colombo, Peradeniya, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kelaniya, Moratuwa, Jaffna, Ruhuna, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, Wayamba, South Eastern, Uva Wellassa, Aesthetics and Open University of Sri Lanka.

The Presidential Committee appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena to resolve Issues related to the Faculty of Medicine of the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), released its solutions on Sunday.

The Presidential Committee appointed to resolve issues related to the SAITM recommended to abolish the Faculty of Medicine at SAITM among other measures.

The committee has also recommended the Ministry of Health to gazette the agreed Minimum Standards for Medical Education and Training, and place before Parliament.