The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) informed that President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to that all those recruited to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) should possess the basic, minimum qualifications required to follow university education.

The GMOA recently met President Sirisena to discuss several issues including about the SAITM.

Vice-President of the GMOA, Dr. K.M. Kudagama said that while President Sirisena held the opinion of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) in relation to the matter in regard (Chairman of the SLMC, Prof. Carlo Fonseka had recently stated that he could not take any responsibility for doctors created by an institution sans standards, adding also that he would resign from his post if a Court order was issued directing the SLMC to register students of the SAITM as doctors), he was in favour of conducting an expansive discussion with all the interested parties and stakeholders in relation to the matter.

We proposed that the SAITM be maintained either as a State Government university or as semi-Government institution, he noted.

“President Sirisena was interested in our solutions. Our main worry is the basic qualification for recruitment. There are certain students sans the minimum qualifications to follow a course in a university let alone medicine. Minimum qualifications should be allocated the due place,” he observed.

  • PrinceOfTruth

    Why are they continuing to veil their preconceived opposition to any form of PMC (whatever the quality) with apparent concerns over the quality of the course or qualifications of the students? For one, ALL SAITM students had to be approved by the UGC when being considered for entrance – truth be told atleast one UGC representative is present in the interviews. With regards to the quality of clinical training, the GMOA has no right to protest over it because they are the ones to have imposed this no-state hospital rule for PMCs in spite of a Supreme Court decision ruling in favour of SAITM in that all medical students who are Sri Lankan citizens have the right to be clinically trained in a state teaching hospital.

    The GMOA can stand on no ground or principle in their opposition to PMCs. Their opposition is purely based on their own personal whims and fancies. With all their strikes and words, they seem to care more about their future than that of the country – and this is simply unacceptable!

  • Garawi

    The current minimum qualifications required to enter universities in Sri Lanka are too high! Many who cannot qualify here and can afford go abroad and finsh degrees sometimes with exceptional results.Then they return to Sri Lanka or many prefer to stay abroad. What does this show us? That an average person can be a good professional if they are given the chance! Therfore we need to lower the qualifying limit preferably allowing the individual universities to decide it lke in the US. We also need to allow more private universities to open in Sri Lanka so that the vast majority of our young people can end up good professionals stopping the brain drain.