Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today requested all university student associations not to engage in activities which disrupt their education, until solutions were provided if there is any issue, as currently the Government is being engaged with all the relevant parties to provide a satisfactory solution to every party regarding private medical colleges.
He made these remarks during a meeting with the representative of university student associations on the issues related to the private medical colleges, held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (16).
The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) along with members of Medical Faculty Students Activists Committee and the Inter University Bikkhu Federation met the President to discuss a solution to the issue regarding the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
During the meeting the representatives of university student associations expressed their proposals in detail, to take into consideration when providing a solution to this issue.
The President further said that the Government will take steps to solve this issue in the future after discussing the opinions of each and every party, including Student Associations, Deans, Sri Lanka Medical Council, University Grant Commission as well as the SAITM.
A representative of university student associations pointed out that even though they raised their voices against this private medical college during the previous regime, they did not draw their attention regarding this issue and the representative further stated that they expect the present Government will provide a just solution to this issue to further strengthen the free education of this country.
Recently, President Maithripala Sirisena discussed this issue with the Government Medical Association (GMOA) and the Sri Lanka Dentists Association (SLDA) and got their opinions in this regard.