The report of the Presidential committee appointed to recommend a solution to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine issue is due on September 11.
The committee is headed by Deputy Minister of National Policies/Policy Planning and Economic Affairs/Economic Development Dr. Harsha De Silva and includes Secretary – Ministry of Health Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary – Ministry of Higher Education D.C. Dissanayake, Attorney General President’s Counsel Jayantha Jayasuriya and Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan De Silva.
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) was scheduled to meet with the said committee this week and had also requested a separate meeting with Sugathadasa.
Assistant Secretary of the GMOA, Dr. Haritha P. Aluthge said that policy and/or technical decisions on the Institute such as what to do with the medical faculty at the Institute and what to do with the students already in the Institute should be taken by a committee comprised of the deans of State medical faculties and other intellectuals coming under the purview of the medical health education regulatory body, the Sri Lanka Medical Council and not by a political committee.
“They can take the policy decision of immediately and permanently stopping further recruitments to the Institute and halt the degree awarding status afforded to the Institute. Thereafter, one can look into doing justice to the students already enrolled. Thus far every proposal from the Government side has been to legalize the Institute. This is not acceptable. From the inception, the Institute has not been governed by the rules of law,” he explained.