Har­sha's SAITM Com­mit­tee pro­poses non-state sec­tor med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion

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How­ever, the Com­mit­tee said this re­port should not have any bind­ing im­pact on the stu­dents who have al­ready passed out with MBBS de­grees from SAITM. The so­lu­tion for them to ob­tain pro­vi­sional reg­is­tra­tion from SLMC is be­yond the scope of this re­port.

The Com­mit­tee also made rec­om­men­da­tions on own­er­ship and man­age­ment of SAITM, es­tab­lish­ing legally em­pow­ered Min­i­mum Stan­dards for med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for ac­cred­i­ta­tion and qual­ity as­sur­ance in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

Here are ex­tracts from the re­port:

Mat­ters re­lated to own­er­ship and man­age­ment of SAITM 1. Abol­ish the cur­rent share­hold­ing and man­age­ment struc­ture of SAITM; i.e., the for-profit en­tity owned and con­trolled by Dr Neville Fer­nando and fam­ily. 2. In its place, cre­ate a new en­tity that is not-for-profit with a broad-based own­er­ship struc­ture. The best op­tion will be to col­lab­o­rate with one or more al­ready es­tab­lished ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions along with some amount of pub­lic par- tic­i­pa­tion. It may take the form of a Pub­lic-Pri­vate-Part­ner­ship (PPP). This en­tity should con­form to the Min­i­mum Stan­dards (to be in­tro­duced) and other qual­ity con­trol mea­sures with im­proved gov­er­nance over a spec­i­fied pe­riod of time. Mat­ters re­lated to es­tab­lish­ing legally em­pow­ered Min­i­mum Stan­dards for med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing

1. Min­istry of Health to gazette Min­i­mum Stan­dards for med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Such to be based on the draft sub­mit­ted by SLMC upon which views of rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers (the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the Min­istry of Health and the UGC) have been al­ready ob­tained and re­sub­mit­ted to SLMC for their ob­ser­va­tions. Once such com­ments are ob­tained, fi­nalise the draft, af­ter fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion by SLMC and other stake­hold­ers if nec­es­sary and upon ob­tain­ing clear­ance from the Le­gal Drafts­man and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral. The en­tire process must be com­pleted by Novem­ber 30, 2017, at the lat­est. Mat­ters re­lated to a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for ac­cred­i­ta­tion and qual­ity as­sur­ance in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion 1. Ex­pe­dite the es­tab­lish­ment of the pro- posed In­de­pen­dent Qual­ity As­sur­ance and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Author­ity (IQAAA). A draft IQAAA Bill is cur­rently at an ad­vanced stage of draft­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, it had not been shared with the SLMC nor with any other statu­tory pro­fes­sional body for dis­cus­sion to­wards ar­riv­ing at a strong piece of leg­is­la­tion with over­all buy-in. The Com­mit­tee di­rected that the draft IQAAA Bill be shared with the SLMC im­me­di­ately. 2. This en­vis­aged Author­ity will take over the pow­ers cur­rently with the UGC and the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in the de­ter­mi­na­tion of qual­ity as­sur­ance and ac­cred­i­ta­tion of all de­grees (state and non-state) in­clud­ing those that re­quire pro­fes­sional recog­ni­tion to prac­tice. 3. For med­i­cal de­gree pro­grammes, the SLMC will be the pro­fes­sional or statu­tory body, which will be con­sulted and the SLMC shall work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with IQAAA. The eval­u­a­tion of med­i­cal de­gree pro­grammes for ac­cred­i­ta­tion will be con­ducted jointly by the IQAAA and the SLMC us­ing the legally em­pow­ered Min­i­mum Stan­dards and in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the IQAAA Act.

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