The Cabinet yesterday (15), decided to allow 980 students from the Medical Faculty of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to be absorbed into the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).
Informed sources said, the decision had been made and that they would be taken into KDU after an evaluation of their (SAITM medical students) educational qualifications.
The Cabinet Paper was submitted by the Ministry of Higher Education. Media Secretary to the Minister, Asanga Jayalath explained that there had been certain questions raised, from several sections of the society, regarding the credentials of SAITM medical students to follow a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree.
The students from the SAITM medical faculty on the other hand have stressed that they are qualified to follow the course.
Further details on assessing their qualifications to follow medicine, and the methods which should be adopted in this regard and other issues would be discussed during a meeting to be held today (16) morning, he said. (DJ)