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Thursday, 04 January 2018 - 22:16
Govt. announces abolition of SAITM
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The Department of Government Information says that on 30th of December 2017, the Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAITM and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).

According to this MoU, with the abolition of SAITM, SLIIT, a leading non-state, not-for-profit degree awarding institute, will establish the new sunset and sunrise institutions, under the guidance of the Government that will take over ownership and management of SAITM’s assets, liabilities, staff and students.

The statement added that subject to the approval of the Attorney General’s Department, this MoU will be converted into a legal agreement.

This solution resolves both concerns raised by various groups, it added.

They are:

* SAITM does not meet Sri Lanka’s high standards for medical education

* SAITM’s profit motive will pervert the goal of creating good doctors

* Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), which establishes and maintains national standards for the medical profession, proposed a thorough set of Minimum Standards for Medical Education and Training that was accepted by the Cabinet with minor amendments on 13.12.2017

* This filled a major void in ensuring high standards of medical education

* Medical education and training of the ‘sunset’ institution will be approved by the SLMC in accordance with the Minimum Standards. The SLMC will specify further measures (clinical training and assessment in state hospitals) necessary for students who have received degrees from SAITM, to meet these Standards and thereby gain Provisional Registration

* SLMC will grant fresh approval for the ‘sunrise’ institution upon its meeting Minimum Standards, through an institutional review and site visits as per their mandate and standard practice for this purpose

* The ‘sunset’ and ‘sunrise’ institutions will not operate for profit. The ‘sunrise’ institution will be a company limited by guarantee that charges fees, but re-invests any excess income over expenditure in the institution, including in the provision of scholarships based on financial need. SLIIT is an ideal partner in this effort, with two decades of experience in providing high-quality, not-for-profit higher education

* Thus this practical and equitable solution recognizes, addresses, and resolves the concerns expressed against SAITM, and is fully compliant with the Communiqué issued by the President on 29.10.2017

* Additionally, the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital will be transferred to the Ministry of Health, allowing the State medical sector to gain a Rs. 3.2 billion assets at no cost to the State

The Department of Government Information said that the solution has the unanimous approval of the 9-member Committee, which was Chaired by Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.
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