அரசியல் பிரச்சாரத்தின் ஆதாரக் கோட்பாடு

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அரசியல் பிரச்சாரத்தின் ஆதாரக் கோட்பாடு.

'' நீதி, மதம், அரசியல், சமுதாயம் சம்பந்தமான எல்லாவித சொல்லடுக்குகளுக்கும் பிரகடனங்களுக்கும் வாக்குறுதிகளுக்கும் பின்னே ஏதாவதொரு வர்க்கத்தின் நலன்கள் ஒழிந்து நிற்பதைக் கண்டுகொள்ள மக்கள் தெரிந்துகொள்ளாத வரையில் அரசியலில் அவர்கள் முட்டாள்தனமான ஏமாளிகளாகவும் தம்மைத் தாமே ஏமாற்றிக்கொள்வோராகவும் இருந்தனர், எப்போதும் இருப்பார்கள். பழைய ஏற்பாடு ஒவ்வொன்றும் எவ்வளவுதான் காட்டு மிராண்டித் தனமாகவும் அழுகிப் போனதாகவும் தோன்றிய போதிலும் ஏதாவது ஒரு ஆளும்வர்க்கத்தின் சக்தியைக் கொண்டு அது நிலைநிறுத்தப்பட்டு வருகிறது. சீர்திருத்தங்கள், அபிவிருத்திகள் ஆகியவற்றின் ஆதரவாளர்கள் இதை உணராத வரையில் பழைய அமைப்பு முறையின் பாதுகாவலர்கள் அவர்களை என்றென்றும் முட்டாளாக்கிக் கொண்டே இருப்பார்கள். இந்த வர்க்கங்களின் எதிர்ப்பைத் தகர்த்து ஒழிப்பதற்கு ஒரே ஒரு வழிதான் உண்டு. அது என்ன?

பழைமையைத் துடைத்தெறியவும் புதுமையைச் சிருக்ஷ்டிக்கவும் திறன் பெற்றவையும், சமுதாயத்தில் தாங்கள் வகிக்கும் ஸ்தானத்தின் காரணமாக அப்படிச் சிருக்ஷ்டித்துக் தீரவேண்டிய நிர்ப்பந்தத்திலிருக்கிறவையுமான சக்திகளை, நம்மைச் சூழ்ந்துள்ள இதே சமுதாயத்துக்குள்ளேயே நாம் கண்டுபிடித்து, அந்தச் சக்திகளுக்கு ஞானமூட்டிப் போராட்டத்துக்கு ஸ்தாபன ரீதியாகத் திரட்ட வேண்டும். இது ஒன்றேதான் வழி. ''

மாமேதை தோழர் லெனின்
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

ENB இனத்துக்குள்ளும், சாதிக்குள்ளும் வர்க்கம் உண்டு!

Mr.A. Amirthalingam Leader FP

 A. Amirthalingam in 1977, a Tamil has been chosen Leader of the Opposition.
SAID
``இந்திய அமைதி காப்பு படையின் துப்பாக்கிகள் சட்டபூர்வமானவை``
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Lanka appoints first Tamil Navy chief after four decades



Colombo, Aug 18 (PTI) Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah was today appointed as the chief of Sri Lanka's naval forces, making him the first from the minority Tamil community to head the Navy since the brutal civil war erupted in the country 45 years ago,
Sinniah, who played a decisive role in the destruction of the LTTE warships in deep sea during the height of the civil war,
was appointed as the Navy chief by President Maithripala Sirisena.

"Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, who has served Sri Lanka Navy with immense loyalty for many decades, took office as the Navy Commander today," President Sirisena tweeted.
His services will be effective from August 22.

Sinniah succeeds Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne who has retired.

He is the second Tamil to head the Lankan Navy after Rajan Kadirgamar, who was the commander in the late 1960s.

Sinniah is the first from the Tamil community to head the Navy since the outbreak of the civil war in the north and east of the island in 1972.

He successfully commanded a mission in 2007 to destroy the LTTE's weapons smuggling ships in international waters off Indonesia and Australia, that is considered as Sri Lankan Navy's biggest achievement, media reports said.

Sinniah, who joined the Navy in 1982, was the senior most Naval officer to be in active combat operations at sea during the conflict with the LTTE separatists.

It was also announced that Wijegunaratne would be appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
The LTTE waged a war with the government to carve out a separate Tamil homeland in the regions with the conflict ending in 2009. Tamils in the country claim discrimination at the hands of the Sinhala majority.

According to UN figures, up to 40,000 civilians were killed by security forces during Rajapaksa's regime that brought an end to the brutal civil war with with the defeat of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009.

By  Ayshwarya Yapa
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Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah has been appointed as the new Commander of Sri Lanka Navy.

He will accordingly be taking over the reigns from his predecessor Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who formally assumed his duties as Navy Commander on July 11, 2015.

His tenure is scheduled to end on August 22, 2017, and the new Commander will accordingly assume his duties on the same day.

Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah will become the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.
He received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, today (18), the President’s Media Division reported.

Secretary to the President Austin Fernando and Defense Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne had also been present on this momentous occasion.

Travis Sinniah joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1982, and has been awarded a number of medals, including the Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya, Rana Wickrama, Ranashura (three times) and Uttama Seva.
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India Elects ‘Untouchable’ President From Lowest ‘Dalit’ Caste
by Alastair Jamieson

Ram Nath Kovind, India's 14th president. Amit Dave / Reuters

"I respect the Indian constitution and no political interest can be above the rule enshrined in the rule book,"

LONDON — India chose an “untouchable” as its next president Thursday after the first contest in which both candidates were from the lowest tier of the country's caste system.

Ram Nath Kovind, nominated by the ruling BJP party, had been clear favorite for the largely ceremonial post, which is decided by 4,800 lawmakers across the country.

Under India’s constitution, the prime minister and his ministers wield executive power but the president sometimes plays a role such as deciding which party should form a government if a general election is inconclusive.

Kovind, 72, is not the first president to be “Dalit,” a term that means “oppressed” in Sanskrit and refers to members of the lowest caste. Kocheril Raman Narayanan took office in 1997 more than half a century after Gandhi pledged to end the country’s ancient system of discrimination.

 Image: Ram Nath Kovind, India's new president, is presented with a garland as part of a nation-wide tour in Ahmedabad

It is, however, the first time since India gained independence from Britain in 1947 that both the final candidates were Dalit — former diplomat Meira Kumar was also low-caste — and it is also the first time that the upper-caste dominated BJP has nominated a Dalit for the job.

One-fifth of all parliamentary candidates must be Dalit under decades-long affirmative-action laws introduced to improve representation and outlaw discrimination. Dalits are also guaranteed a proportion of college places and government jobs.

But while social mobility has improved, particularly in India’s fast-growing cities, rural areas still often witness members of lower castes forced to live in separate areas or prevented from using communal facilities such as water fountains.

Caste campaigner Behan Mayawati called Thursday’s result “a huge victory.”

James Chiriyankandath, a senior research fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies, said the real significance was not about caste but rather the expanding influence of the BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its brand of Hindu nationalism.
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“Caste still plays an important role in electoral mobilization but the religious divide between Hindus and non-Hindus, particularly Muslims, has become one of the main fissures in Indian politics,” he told NBC News.

“It is the most explosive division in India today. Tensions could be built up with the pursuit of policies such as bans on the slaughter of cows.”

He said BJP lawmakers in northern areas of India has “ratcheted up the tension on these religious lines.”

One-sixth of India’s population — about 200 million out of a total 1.35 billion — is Muslim, Chiriyankandath said. Much smaller minorities include Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists.

India will next month elect a vice-president. Another victory for the BJP would give it unprecedented influence in parliament — and potentially a role in deciding the outcome of the 2019 general election if the result is inconclusive.

“These elections are important in terms of consolidation of BJP’s grip on power,” Chiriyankandath said.

Since the rise of the BJP, India has seen a rise in Hindu nationalism, including the emergence of “cow vigilante” attacks on people accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows, which are sacred to Hindus.

Modi last month called on India’s states to quell the attacks, following the follow the stabbing to death in June of a 16-year-old boy accused of possessing beef on a train.

India's Supreme Court on July 11 overturned a government decree on the trade of cattle for slaughter, an order that threatened the country's multi-billion dollar meat and leather industry dominated by Muslims, Reuters reported.

Kovind previously said he was committed to India's status as a secular democratic republic.
"I respect the Indian constitution and no political interest can be above the rule enshrined in the rule book," he told Reuters earlier this month.
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After A. Amirthalingam in 1977, this is the second time a Tamil has been chosen Leader of the Opposition.

 
 “we are loyal to this country and people of this country”. It was his party’s “primary duty” to ensure that there was a “fair and acceptable” settlement of the Tamil issue.
After a gap of over three decades, a Tamil lawmaker has become the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament.

As soon as the House met on Thursday morning, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan had been made the Leader of the Opposition and said no other name had been proposed.

A. Amirthalingam of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) was the first Tamil to hold the post between 1977 and 1983.

Mr. Sampanthan, who, in 1956, joined the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (also known as Federal Party), was first elected to Parliament from Trincomalee in 1977 on the ticket of the TULF when the general elections were held under the 1972 Constitution.

After resigning as MP along with other members of the TULF in 1983, Mr. Sampanthan returned to the Parliament in July 1997. Since 2001, he has been heading the TNA, which now comprises the ITAK, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE). According to records of the Parliament, Mr. Sampanthan has served as MP for more than 22 years.

Later, speaking on a motion to increase the number of Cabinet Ministers to 48 and that of State Ministers and Deputy Ministers to 45, Mr. Sampanthan told the Parliament that his party would work closely with everyone to resolve the Tamil question while “we are loyal to this country and people of this country”. It was his party’s “primary duty” to ensure that there was a “fair and acceptable” settlement of the Tamil issue.

Tabled by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the motion was adopted by the House with 143 voting in favour of and 16 against the resolution. Sixty-three members including the that of the TNA were absent at the time of division. While the Speaker did not take part in the voting, S.C. Mayadunne, who was made MP through the national list of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), resigned his membership earlier in the day and the third person had not yet taken oath as MP.
The approval of the Parliament was required as the 19th Constitutional Amendment fixed the ceiling of the Cabinet Ministers at 30 and other categories of Ministers at 40.

 

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Order issued to evacuate Eastern Uni students

Order issued to evacuate Eastern Uni students
2017-08-11 19:46:36
An evacuation order was issued by the Eravur Magistrate’s Court today  following a request made by the Eravur Police, the University’s Vice Chancellor said.

A tense situation was prevailing at the Eastern University from Tuesday when a large group of students surrounded the university's administrative building 'Senate House' and held it's Vice Chancellor captive, making a number demands.

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The students had ignored a request made by the police to release the VC and move out of the premises.

Vice Chancellor Prof. T. Jayasingam told Daily Mirror that the university authorities would be forced to shut down the university temporarily if the students refused to obey the Court order.

According to the Eravur Police, some 200 second year students were continuing to surround the 'Senate House'.

(Chaturanga Pradeep and Thilanka Kanakarathna)

White supremacists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis marched on US

 “You will not replace us” and “White lives matter.”

A group of racist protesters gathered in Charlottesville with tiki torches, chanting “you will not replace us” and “white lives matter.”

At one point, the torch-wielding group of mostly white men surrounded a smaller of group of counterprotesters standing at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, and a brawl broke out. Counterprotesters reported being hit with pepper spray by marchers; according to the Washington Post, one counterprotester also used a “chemical spray” against marchers. “They completely surrounded us and wouldn’t let us out,” local activist Emily Gorcenski told the Guardian.
Organizers affiliated with the white nationalist alt-right called the march in advance of a larger protest scheduled for Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park in Charlottesville.

The images from the march offer a stunning glimpse at just how real white supremacy still is in America. Here are five of the most evocative:

The protesters carried tiki torches — yes, there is some irony here — as they marched to the University of Virginia

Racists gather at Charlottesville, Virginia, in protest.
    Zach Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images
 Anti-racism and anti-fascist counterprotesters were surrounded by the demonstrators at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson
 
A group of racist protesters surround anti-fascism and anti-racism counterprotesters.
 Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images          
 
Some of the racist protesters were very passionate and angry — leading to a brawl that police broke up later in the night
 
Racist protesters carry Tiki torches in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The protesters marched through the University of Virginia, which quickly condemned the torch-wielding demonstrations and the violence they caused

Racist protesters gather at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
          Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
         

During a brawl, protesters and counterprotesters were hit with pepper spray. Here, one white supremacist helps another clean it off.

In Charlottesville, a white supremacist protester helps another after he was hit by pepper spray.
Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
 
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TNA calls on US to ensure GoSL fulfils its Geneva commitments
August 11, 2017, 10:20 pm
 
Sampanthan shaking hands with Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen
 
The United States has been urged to ensure that Sri Lanka fully implemented the Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Colombo on Oct 1, 2015.

The Geneva resolution has proposed setting up of a hybrid war crimes court including foreign judges among other things.

A statement issued by the Office of the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan quoted the veteran politician as having told a visiting delegation of US Congressmen accompanied by US Ambassador in Colombo Atul Keshap that their government should hold the Sri Lankan Government responsible the commitments they had made to the international community, particularly with regard to the Geneva Resolution.

MP Sampanthan said "Sri Lankan Government cannot shirl its responsibilty for fulfilling its commitment to the international community".

Sampanthan and Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran in Colombo met the delegation on Aug 10.The Congress delegates led by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (Republican -New Jersey)     Chairman, House Appropriations Committee, comprised Rep. Henry Cuellar (Democrat - Texas)   Member, House Appropriations Committee and other Officials.

Briefing on the progress of the framing of new Constitution Sampanthan alleged there was undue delay in this process as both the UNP and SLFP held on to their political future than looking at the interest of the country.  Further, he said that after obtaining the majority in Parliament the new Constitution must be approved by the people at a referendum. Sampanthan highlighted that the opportunity should not be missed and "I am not speaking only on behalf of Tamils but for the whole Sri Lanka and its people", he added.

Speaking further Sampanthan stressed that the Sinhala political leaders should go out and campaign on the new Constitution which was based on a united, undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka, if they did so not only this process would end in success but also it would clear all the unwarranted doubts that a section of the people had in their minds, he said.

"Over fifty per cent of the Tamil population has left the country due to this unresolved national question, and if we don’t find a reasonable solution more people will leave, we don’t want that to happen," he added.

 Sampanthan urged the delegates to bring to the notice of the Government hierarchy that uncertainty in the matter could not be continued and they should come together and resolve the national question by enacting a new Constitution which will have the maximum possible consent of both the people and the political parties. 

Speaking on the issues faced by the Tamil People, Sampanthan highlighted that the Issue of the missing persons must be addressed without any further delay. He noted that though the Office of the Missing Person Act had been passed in Parliament it had not been operationalized yet. By setting up the Office of the Missing Persons and conducting credible investigations truth should be ascertained in the cases of missing persons and the Families of the missing persons should be provided with the relevant information as to what happened to their loved ones.

On the question of release of Lands, Sampanthan highlighted that the military in the occupation of those lands had been engaged in cultivation and they sell the produce to the owners of the same land. He said the situation was very disturbing as people had been deprived of their fundamental right to live in their land even after eight years since the war came to an end. Though the Government had taken certain steps in that regard the process was not rapid enough, Sampanthan added.

He said "I cannot let my people suffer indefinitely on these matters and this Government must realize that these fundamental issues must be addressed early as possible to avoid adverse situations emerging in the future".

Speaking on the unemployment among the youth, Sumanthiran highlighted that Government seemed to have no concrete plans to create jobs. The unemployment issue had also been the root cause for many social issues faced by the young people in the country, he added. Sampanthan requested the delegates to initiate proposals in that regard and to support the young people of the country.

The congressional delegation thanked Sampanthan and said "We salute your courage and perseverance over two decades on these matters and assured that they would certainly take up his concerns when they meet with the Members of the Government"
 

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Battle against SAITM will continue - GMOA


GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Soyza

News conference
 No backtracking; battle against SAITM will continue - GMOA
2017-08-10 22:05:11

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today said that their battle against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) could arise in a way that the government had never imagined.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Soyza told a news conference that this battle would only ended up in victory and added that discussions were still underway with regard to the SAITM controversy.

“A little silence of us cannot be regarded as that we have taken a step back from this battle. This battle will continue further. The strength of this battle will not always depend on strikes and protests,” he said.

He also said that the GMOA has engaged in this battle in order to safeguard the standards of the medical education in the country and added that they do not proceed with any political motive.
Meanwhile, commenting on the legal actions taken against the university student activists, Dr. Soyza said that the law of the country should not be biased towards any party.

He said that everyone should be equal before the eyes of the law and added that the Attorney General's Department had sabotaged several proceedings with regard to the cases against university students.

“We will not go against the law of the country by any means. But we will intervene to the suppression of these university students through our legal professionals,” he said.

(Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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Prof.Hiran Amerasekara quote on SAITM

'' This is a country where the infant mortality rate is the lowest in the region. It is a country where epidemics have been eradicated. Polio was eradicated in this country before India. All of this was possible because of the quality medical education in Sri Lanka and the dedication of qualified doctors.

We cannot let such a country go to decay because of one institution''
Prof.Hiran Amerasekara

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

SAITM students will not be accepted by any country

Prof. Hiran Ameraseker

SAITM students will not be accepted by any country– Prof. Hiran Ameraseker

By Rasika Hemamali

Professor Hiran Amerasekera of the Sri Jayewardenepura University says,
"The government should do justice to the students who have enrolled in SAITM because the former government allowed the establishment of SAITM."



Following are excerpts:

?: Even though no one opposes private universities, there is a lot of opposition to private medical colleges. Why is that?

A: Other universities grant only a degree. Finding a job based on that degree is a responsibility of those graduates. However, when it comes to medical students, they receive a job in the government sector. This is the big problem here. Employers who recruit graduates consider the quality of the degree. When a doctor is recruited as a government medical officer, the Sri Lanka Medical Council inquires into the quality of that degree. Patients are a group of people without a voice. They do not know why they go to a hospital and for what disease. The science of diagnosing a disease is very complex. One should become a doctor and be trained according to the criteria set by the Medical Council. The problem here is not obtaining a degree. SAITM has already granted the degree. So tell them to go to any place as a doctor. They cannot do so and that is because they do not have the approval of the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

?: Several batches have already obtained degrees from SAITM. Shouldn't there be justice for them?

A: The criteria required to become a doctor in Sri Lanka, from the beginning, is stated on the website of the Sri Lanka Medical Council. This information includes the minimum qualifications needed, the universities in the world approved by the SLMC. Last year, a certain university in Bangladesh lost the approval of the Medical Council. Details were provided about SAITM from the initial stages and newspaper statements were published to raise awareness among the people. Despite this students entered SAITM.
 
?: However, now there should be justice for the students who are already there?

A: The government should do justice to the students who have entered SAITM. It was due to certain actions of the government that this was established.
 
?: Aren't the parents of SAITM students also helpless due to this?

A: It is bus Gemunu who is shouting about SAITM. That is also a great tragedy. Neither SAITM students nor their parents come forward. I know some of the parents. They do not want to come into the limelight. It is Gemunu who comes to the forefront. He believes that if you display some bravado in the manner of a ruffian in front of the media, something can be won over in Sri Lanka. See what happened to the Medical Service as well as the private bus service. See whether a private bus travels to a village after six in the evening. When they were asked not to violate road rules, they engaged in a strike asking to be allowed to travel on the road while breaking all laws.

It is possible for any child to have dreams. But, ask them to consider this from their point of view. Is the education they are receiving good? Consider whether they receive a proper
education? They did not take it into consideration. At least now they should look into it. Act properly without behaving like ruffians. Practical training regarding a disease has to be
done properly. A proper number of patients should be examined in order to receive training.

At present this degree is said to cost Rs 12 million. Not one doctor has been produced yet but they charge Rs 12 million. If doctors are produced do not know how much it will become.
 
There is no place at all for innocent poor people in Sri Lanka.
 
?: Are you saying that SAITM does not give proper training?

A: That institution acted in a fraudulent manner from the very beginning. That is why this problem occurred. If they had maintained specified educational criteria then there would have been no problem. There are children in our universities today as well. If the degree is given today they are prepared to take it and go. The medical field in Sri Lanka is not only about treatment of patients. Today even when human rights indices and education indices decline medical indices remain at a very high level. The medical indices achieved by our country at a very low cost are quite high. This is a country where the infant mortality rate is the lowest in the region. It is a country where epidemics have been eradicated. Polio was
eradicated in this country before India. All of this was possible because of the quality medical education in Sri Lanka and the dedication of qualified doctors. We cannot let such a country go to decay because of one institution.

Even the government has to have a positive outlook on this. This is one opportunity to protect the quality of education and the health service in the country. If this continues like this, the health indices will be finished. It will be the end of the education indices also.

?: The North Colombo Medical College or the Ragama Medical College was nationalized. Can the same be done with this institution?

A: The North Colombo Medical Faculty was quite different. Then, Professor Carlo Fonseka said the quality of students at the North Colombo Medical Faculty was good. The SLMC is an independent institution under the presidency of Professor Carlo Fonseka. I don't know whether they are aware that the situation at SAITM is really bad. They are not persons who are opposed to private education or private medical education. The problem is about how SAITM acts and its quality. The Medical Council says that SAITM should be transformed into a quality institution.

?: But, although there is opposition against SAITM no one is against the Kotelawala Medical Faculty?

A: The Kotelawala Medical Faculty is a place where military doctors are produced. It has the approval of the Medical Council. It is not an institution like SAITM, which is engaged in cheating. There is a good staff there and clinical training is given from the initial stages. There are patients in Army hospitals. Students of the Kotelawala Medical Faculty are not sent to the General Hospital for clinical training. The other thing is that students are not recruited to the Kotelawala Faculty simply. They are admitted based on Z-score.
 
?: If the Neville Fernando-SAITM- Hospital does not have adequate facilities or patients for clinical training, is it not possible to use government hospitals?

A: A patient has rights. When a student goes and tries to handle a patient in a serious condition, that patient's rights are violated.
This opportunity has been granted to medical students because of free education and free health. If so, they can then go and use patients at private hospitals. Such opportunities are not granted. If the students want to examine a patient they would have to pay the patient something. There is a big problem similar to that in every country.

?: However, it is possible to practice medicine after obtaining a medical degree from a foreign country, is it not?

A: If the student obtains the degree from a foreign university approved by the SLMC, then they can become a doctor here. When they return they have to sit the Act 16 examination and pass that. Now it is known as EPMRM. It is not easy to get through that.

Only a very few become successful.

?: Many doctors produced by State universities do not remain in the country. As a result, we do not have a sufficient number of doctors. Aren't private medical colleges a solution for this problem?

A: Even though doctors produced by State Medical Colleges are recognized by foreign countries, SAITM students will not be accepted by any country. They do not have proper training. The solution for the shortage of medical officers is to produce doctors of proper quality.

?: Establishing private medical colleges here is a way to prevent local money from flowing out to foreign countries, isn't it?

A: Everything else is imported aren't they? Now rice is also being brought from overseas. Money is not a problem. What should be done is that quality should be protected.

?: Students with good results are deprived of entering medical colleges because of the district quota system. Isn't this a solution for that problem too?

A: The government should provide remedies for that. Every child should be given an opportunity to study. It should be done under proper standards.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

SAITM எதிர்ப்பு போராட்ட வீடியோ காட்சிகள்


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SAITM எதிர்ப்பு மாணவர் எழுச்சி ஓங்குக! வெல்க!!

Dr. Dhammika Herath
What’s Wrong with SAITM?
Dr. Dhammika Herath

The debate about South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) appears to be heating up, at least at this late hour, with all the stakeholders throwing in their two cents worth. While I do not have any vested interests, except the interest of being a person who benefited from “free education”, let me throw in my two cents.

The Paradox of Opinions


 As a preamble to my viewpoint on SAITM, let’s examine some of the arguments put forward by different factions who clearly have their own agendas.

1.The process of admission to SAITM is flawed, students who do not qualify for a basic degree in sciences study Medicine at SAITM. This argument has some validity and credibility, and it will hold ground until all the information is available to all concerned parties.

2.SAITM is a private institution, medical education should not be privatised. This is a recurrent theme, but unrealistic to say the least. While education is not a commodity, whether we like it not, it’s a commodity in a market economy, where everything has a price, including justice. This argument does not hold much ground in its pure sense. But I will explore further some of the questions related to this issue of private institutions.



3.Training at SAITM is sub-par, and was not recognised by the Sri Lanka Medical Council. This is a valid argument, and SLMC has a list of recognised medical colleges as listed and recognised by WHO. There are several medical colleges in the world which are not recognised by WHO or any other country. Interested readers can simply Google or refer to the WHO website as this is public information. Some years ago, the SLMC, after examining the SAITM gave its verdict; SAITM does not qualify to be recognised as an institution since its standards do not meet required criteria. This was open information to everyone who followed this saga closely.

4.SAITM or local private medical schools save valuable foreign exchange. This is the most ludicrous argument for SAITM and we do not need to look far to realise how ridiculous this idea is. SAITM will not prevent students who aspire to become doctors travelling abroad, and getting their medical degrees from for-profit institutions, the quality of which are highly questionable. If we look at the foreign exchange that Sri Lanka lost for some famous deals, like MIG deal, Hedging Deal, Prado deal, these are fine examples of how we lose foreign exchange. Further discussion in this area is not really useful or meaningful in Sri Lanka.


5.SAITM students and students who can afford it have a right to education, including medical education. This argument has apparent validity, at least on face value. We can talk about this right once we are absolutely free, but not in a modern, highly regularised age. Education is based on merits and needs of the country, not on individual aspirations. Definitely not because you can afford it.
What’s Wrong with SAITM?

The critical issue that’s being ignored is the context of the establishment of SAITM and its core functions. Many social commentators, students and unions ignore this critical but unpleasant area from their discussion and continue to beat the strawman.

SAITM is quite similar in its inception and evolution to another institution that cost many lives and a generation to Sri Lanka – the North Colombo Medical College popularly known as NCMC. SAITM is a PRIVATE organisation and it lied to BOI, SLMC as well as its very own students about its credentials.


Even for a moment, if this institution is a legal entity, training and teaching must occur within the parameters of a private organisation, looking after its clientele, the undergraduates. It should deal with its own problems of finding clinical training as any other private organisation would do when faced with similar issues.

The State is not there to bail out failing private ventures or its participants. That is neither free market nor good governance. SAITM does not have any legal or moral right to request government facilities for their training purposes, as it’s a private, for- profit institution and government is in no way obliged to provide or share scarce facilities with any private institution, breaking all the fundamentals of free markets, overlooking its own commitments to public students.

This is exactly what’s happening now, that government is interfering with private affairs, and the million dollar question is, why ?The answer lies at the heart of the intentions of the founders of SAITM. Beside profit motive, the other motives are perpetuation of elitism and nepotism.


Let me discuss this topic little further. Most of the students, who are studying at SAITM are not kith and kin of politicians. They are sons and daughters of lawyers, doctors, professionals and academics. Here lies the core issue, as happened 35 years ago; they are grooming the next generation to occupy the very seats and positions that they are holding right now.

Sri Lankan universities and government institutions are bastions of nepotism, particularly key government positions and positions in universities. This is precisely why SAITM came into being, that’s precisely why no one really objected to the blatant deceptions by the management of SAITM.
Furthermore, this is one of the critical reasons government is involved in the affairs of private business venture and judgments were meted out, violating all the norms and morals a just society demands. At the hands of nepotism and elitism, there will not be any morals or rules in a backward country like Sri Lanka.

These very forces who are working against the best interests of the under privileged continue to lie and deceive using soft language, nonsensical arguments about free education, human rights and so on and so forth.

Let’s take another fascinating aspect of this whole saga; the students who study at SAITM, are responsible adults aspiring to treat other human beings, following principals of justice, and causing no harm. They should be able to make complex decisions in relation to treating human maladies which are becoming increasingly complex. What is their level of intellect, if they cannot understand, and analyse critically, that the very institution they study in is responsible for their predicament?
The students of SAITM, are wholly responsible for (or their parents) investing in an institution without clarifying its standing or by simply Googling it, as even a eighth grader would do nowadays.
They have been deceived by the SAITM and the students should take legal action against this institution for failing them so vividly, robbing their money, causing pain and grief. This I doubt will ever happen, simply because their elite parents and kith and kin are so sure that they will “sort things out for their kids”.


This is the real problem with SAITM and this is what Sri Lankans really have to deal with it. Since politicians will capitalise on this issue, there will be no justice for poor similarly qualified students of Sri Lanka. Once SAITM gets its approval, as it seems it will, the Sri Lankan government will annihilate the education once and for all. That’s something we cannot afford.

SAITM is a priceless gift to the nation. Why on earth would anyone be against it. Those who are against it are those typical selfish bigots who practice “Kuhaka Dharmaya”. If all other educational spheres can have private university education why not medicine? The only reason is that local medics are apprehensive that they will face though competition from better educated private degree holders.
That the raw truth.

Further the article has been written by a product of the Nations “Free” education system. (ie. Free for them but a heavy cost to Society)So the ultimate message he tries to give is a foregone conclusion.

The facts in the article are mostly invalid today and the demand for the education. If the education is not a commodity, it should be provided free for every body need it. Can any government do it?

Otherwise , there should be alternatives. If any wrong with SAITM, the rulers should take action to correct it. Did the writer think, all students in state universities have better qualification than SAITM students had? He has to think the injustice faced by the majority of the students not having a chance to enter state universities ,because of system lapses.I am not a Pr-SAITM but, see the reality and the cause of the problem.


Certain defects were identified by SLMC and asked to correct them to get the approval from SLMC. However the defects were not corrected and Gone to the courts to get the approval from SLMC. That’s the problem here. SLMC is the independent governing body of Doctors. So SAITM is challenging their recommendations.

 The next option would be to keep the defects and produce students with a degree which has no approval from SLMC.

 And clear the Act 16 like other foreign graduates. Because they are now obtaining a degree without SLMC approval.

“What if the cure for cancer is trapped in the mind of someone who can’t afford education?”

Everyone deserves to be educated. It’s sad that intelligent people drop out because they can’t afford to take another loan or because books got too expensive. Other students juggle 3 jobs with their classes. Education wouldn’t be free even if it was, we would be paying back our community by studying hard and getting a decent job! Education elevates one’s status, we want to elevate our country’s status. (Debate.org)