The Ministry of Higher Education is in the process of reviewing whether the quality assurance of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) is on par with the private higher education institutes registered with the Higher Education Ministry.
Secretary to the Ministry Higher Education, D.C. Dissanayake said due to the current controversy, there was a difficulty in finding experts who have the knowledge to review the medical education provided by the SAITM. "The Ministry had set up a Standard Committee on Quality and Accreditation (SCQA) to look into the quality of the higher education institutes which decided to review private universities started four years ago," he said. Dissanayake added, the Higher Education and Highway Ministry is in the final stage of establishing a Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council, which will be an independent body functioning under the Higher Education and Highway Ministry for the purpose of reviewing the quality assurance of all State and private universities and it will be submitted to the Parliament soon. Meanwhile, the Higher Education Ministry, in a letter to the Chairman of the SAITM, had requested him to look into the request made by the Parents Association of the 4th Batch, studying Medicine at SAITM, to postpone final year MBBS Examination. SAITM was requested to provide the parents with a suitable redress and inform the Higher Education Ministry regarding the solution provided by the SAITM. The letter from parents had raised concerns about the inadequate clinical training received by the students of the SAITM and had requested that the final examination not be conducted until the clinical component is completed. It is learnt that the Ministry of Higher Education has no authority to intervene in examinations conducted by private higher education institutions.(Ceylon Today)