A student named Tharindu Ruwanpathiranage, who passed out from the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe first batch, said that the students are ready to face an open exam conducted by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Higher Education similar to the exams of State medical faculties. He said this at a press conference held at the Neville Fernando Private Hospital where SAITM students are presently carrying out their clinical studies.
He also said that his parents directed him to the SAITM with the knowledge that the institution could offer him a proper education.
The CEO of the SAITM and NFTH, Dr. Sameera Senarthne said they were willing to hold discussions with Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella regarding his proposal to run the SAITM as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). He further stated that they haven’t been officially informed about this proposal to the government so far.