medical college opposed
No sale of free education: Remember
what happened with Ragama Faculty, says students’ action committee
By Apsara Kapukotuwa
Steps to establish an Indian affiliated private medical
college in Sri Lanka have drawn protests from the local university
medical students, though the authorities have promised to monitor
its functioning and the company concerned has provided explanations.
proposed medical college named "Vinayaka Mission's Oasis Medical
College, Colombo," is affiliated to the Vinayaka Mission's
Research Foundation said to be having university status located
in Salem, South India. The Oasis Hospital in Colombo and the Institute
of Technological Studies are the key local institutes which will
play a role in the establishment of the college.
Sri Lanka Medical Council spokesman told The Sunday Times that representatives
from the Indian university and Oasis Hospital have explained in
detail the set-up of the proposed medical college.
can only see whether the candidates are qualified once we see what
kind of degree is awarded. The proposal for its part appears to
be above board. Anyone can establish a medical college after obtaining
government and BOI approval. We did assure the parties concerned
that we will monitor them and point out any defects once the courses
commence," Sri Lanka Medical Council Deputy Registrar Dr. N.J.
Hospital General Manager Samantha Liyanawaduge said the project
is still in its initial stages and as such, they had only advertised
for staff for the proposed medical faculty and no student intakes
have yet taken place. The faculty staff are to be those who would
be recognised by the Sri Lanka Medical Council and the Indian Medical
have applied to the SLMC, Government and BOI for approval. The Indian
university would award the degree. The candidates would be chosen
from those who have received adequate pass marks from the local
or London A/L's and would be graded on a merit basis from the total
number of applicants," Mr. Liyanawaduge said.
protests were in response to an advertisement in a national newspaper
asking for staff for the medical faculty of this college, which
was construed by the local medical faculty students action committee
to mean that a private medical college has commenced operations.
will admit students from any stream and this would basically mean
that anyone who has two million rupees can easily become a doctor.
We have opposed the idea of establishing private medical colleges
from the outset. As a matter of policy we do not approve of the
sale of free education. Remember what happened with what is now
the 'Ragama Medical Faculty'? " said Anupa Herath, the media
spokesman of the action committee. The action committee has written
to the President stating its objections and asking her to prevent
the medical college from being established.
she fails to do so, it threatens to conduct a demonstration campaign
to oppose the project as it will under no circumstances allow education
to be privatised.