KDU (Special Provisions) Bill passed Permits 980 students of SAITM

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to be absorbed into Sir John Kotelawala Defense University

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (Special Provisions) Bill, which makes provisions to absorb 980 students from the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the Kotelawala Defense University (KDU), was unanimously passed in Parliament, with amendments, yesterday.   

 

Minister of Higher Education Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who moved the Bill, said the SAITM would be closed down once the 980 students were absorbed into the KDU in a gradual process.   


The minister also assured that students who have already completed their studies at the SAITM will be given additional training once they are absorbed into KDU. He said these students will be registered as doctors once the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is satisfied that they are suitably qualified to practice medicine.   


“It is a pity that the matter surrounding the SAITM dragged on for such a long time as it was a problem that could have been resolved easily,” the minister said.   

 

It is a pity that the matter surrounding the SAITM dragged on for such a long time as it was a problem that could have been resolved easily

 


“University students wasted so much time that they could have utilised for their studies while protesting against this institute and also inconvenienced the the general public as a result of their actions,” he added.  There were hardly any protests from the opposition to the Bill being passed although several amendments had been proposed. Minister Rajapakshe said some amendments proposed by the opposition could not be accommodated as there were 
no provisions in the laws to include them.   

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