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Eight State Medical Faculty Deans have decided to propose that the South Asian Institute of Medicine and Technology (SAITM) temporarily suspends the admission of students for six months until the completion of the periodic review on its medical degree programme.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Higher Education, the University Grants Commission, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), and other stakeholders will develop an operational procedure applicable to non-state medical education during this period.

They have also agreed for clinical trainings in several medical disciplines for those who have passed the final MBBS examination and pass a licensing exam conducted by the SLMC.

Higher Education Ministry Secretary D.C. Dissanayake said in a statement that it was decided to propose to the SAITM administration to refer students who already completed the degree to undergo a month each on clinical training in Medicine, Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics in a state hospital.

State Minister of Higher Education, Mohal Lal Grero, UGC Chairman Prof. Mohan de Silva and Vice Chairman Prof. P.S.M. Gunaratne attended the meeting.