IUSF meets Pres­i­dent over SAITM is­sue

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOSHITHA PER­ERA

The In­ter Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Fed­er­a­tion (IUSF), at a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena yes­ter­day said the Pres­i­dent had so far failed to take a firm stance on the South Asian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Medicine (SAITM) is­sue.

IUSF Con­vener Lahiru Weerasekara said Pres­i­dent Sirisena had in­formed them that he was yet to dis­cuss the is­sue with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of SAITM. The Pres­i­dent ear­lier promised us that a de­ci­sion would be taken soon with re­gard to the SAITM is­sue, but to­day he ad­mit­ted that he was yet to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties,” he said.

He said they had in­formed the Pres­i­dent that stu­dents be­long­ing to eight med­i­cal fac­ul­ties con­tinue to re­frain from tak­ing part in lec­tures un­til a proper so­lu­tion was given to them with re­gards to the SAITM is­sue.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Sirisena has ad­vised stu­dents of univer­sity stu­dent fed­er­a­tions to at­tend lec­tures.

The Pres­i­dent had promised to make a de­ci­sion on SAITM af­ter hold­ing talks with other stu­dent fed­er­a­tions, the deans of the eight med­i­cal fac­ul­ties, Sri Lanka Med­i­cal Coun­cil(slmc), Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) and the SAITM ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The dis­cus­sion was held yes­ter­day at the Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tar­iat with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of IUSF rep­re­sen­ta­tives, mem­bers of Med­i­cal Fac­ulty Stu­dent Ac­tivists Com­mit­tee and the In­ter Univer­sity Bhikku Fed­er­a­tion (IUBF).

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