Crucial discussions have commenced between the Government and the administration of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) on the proposed public-private partnership (PPP), with the view of reaching a mutually beneficial deal.

The SAITM had earlier proposed for public-private participation in the management of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital. The government in response stated that it was willing to negotiate the matter and come to a solution.

“SAITM is willing to reach a negotiated arrangement on this issue, which is beneficial to both parties and which is financially viable to maintain the requirement of a Teaching Hospital with private-public partnership,” Vice Chancellor of SAITM, Prof. Ananda Samarasekara told the Nation.

He further added that SAITM had always fully endorsed the idea that strong regulations should be enacted and implemented by the State, to supervise and regulate all public and private higher education programmes.

“SAITM has especially expressed the need to have specified minimum standards prescribed by regulations which should be applied uniformly across the board for both state and private higher education institutions,” he added.