May 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet has decided that only the students who have met the basic qualifications for admission to medical faculties in government universities among the medical students of abolished South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) are allowed to enter the Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) Medical Faculty.
The Cabinet has approved a proposal put forward by the President Maithripala Sirisena and Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse to absorb 980 students of the SAITM to the KDU after evaluating their qualifications.
Medical students of SAITM had earlier called for legislative changes before they were transferred to KDU.
In accordance with the decisions of the discussions held, the cabinet has advised legal draftsman to prepare legal provisions to implement following recommendations.
Grant admissions to Sir John Kotelawala Defense University for SAITM students those who has registered between 15th September 2009 and 15 May 2017 and fulfil the basic requirements of Medical Faculties in Government Universities.
Empower the Board of Management of Sir John Kotelawala Defense University to determine the Necessities and conditions of admission.
Award Medical Degree of Sir John Kotelawala Defense University for the students those who are absorbed to the same university and pass the relevant examinations.