The controversial private medical college has refused to stop the enrolment of students to the institute.
South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Vice Chancellor Malkanthie Chandrasekara has reportedly turned down requests by the Health Ministry and the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) to suspend enrolling students.
The Vice Chancellor has said the authorities or the GMOA had nothing to do with the institute’s enrolment process.
Prof. Chandrasekara has explained that the quality and standard of the medical degrees awarded by the SAITM came under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).
She has added that most of the basic requirements for a private medical college have been provided by the institute and a few remaining facilities were under preparation as SAITM has been given 18 months to complete the requirements.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is to appoint a committee to probe the gazette issued by the Higher Education Ministry permitting the institute to grant MBBS degrees and the standard of the institution.