Remaining SAITM students to register with KDU – Wijeyadasa

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday 514 out of the 874 students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) had been registered with the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and steps would be taken to register rest of the students soon.   


He told parliament that the 81 students, who had obtained the MBBS from the SAITM, should get registered with the KDU and should undergo 10 months clinical training and get through an examination offered by the KDU to obtain the MBBS.   


“Applications had now been called for them to get registered with the KDU and will be open till 31 this month,” he said.   


In response to a question raised by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake regarding the Supreme Court ruling, he said the SC gives a ruling based on the prevailing laws.   


“The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) can take two decisions based on the SC ruling. That is to register the student who sought legal redress and also to register the other 80 students on the basis that they are also on the same level. SLMC can also refuse to register the 80 students. In that case they will also have to go to courts,” he said.   


The minister said the 81 SAITM graduates could either register with the KDU and obtain the MBBS on the accepted standard or seek legal redress and register with the SLMC.   


“If they register with the SLMC seeking legal redress without getting registered with the KDU. We cannot guarantee their future and their MBBS. If they want to become qualified doctors they need to undergo the clinical training and get through the examination at the KDU,” he said.     

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