The Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka, the National Organizer of Socialist Students’ Union Rangana Devapriya and the General Secretary of All Ceylon Medical Officers’ Union Dr. Jayantha Bandara met members of the Sri Lanka Medical Council SLMC) today (17th) and have inquired about the legality of SAITM private medical degree institute at Malabe.
At the discussion the Members of the Sri Lanka Medical Council including its President Prof. Carlo Fonseka have told the group that SAITM is an illegal institute, its students would never be registered in the SLMC as doctors and the Council would never recognize them.
Mr. Anura Dissanayaka speaking to the media said a sub-committee of ten members consisting of 4 members from SLMC and 6 most distinguished doctors in the medical profession has prepared a report on SAITM and it has recommended that students from SAITM should never be registered as doctors and this has been unanimously accepted by the SLMC.
Mr. Dissanayaka said when university students, their parents and various organizations rise up against SAITM illegal degree institute, the SLMC automatically becomes a shareholder of the protest campaign. However, the government is impertinently planning to issue degree certificates to students from this illegal institute and due to the interference by certain ministers of the government and commissions that have been palmed to various interested individuals, the recommendations by the SLMC have not been implemented he added.