Some politicians are opportunists – Dr. Neville
Posted on February 7th, 2017

 By Binoy Suriyaarachchi Courtesy Adaderana

February 7, 2017  05:17 pm

Some politicians are opportunists, Dr. Neville Fernando, Chairman of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) claimed on Tuesday.

While responding to a reporter at a press conference on a question about the stance of the former President on SAITM, Fernando went on to say in 2013, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had even requested him to grant scholarships for students who obtained fine results, but could not enter into a state university.

These students are now in their final year,” he said.

The Chairman also pointed out the private medical university in Malabe was not started with the intention of earning money. If I wanted to make money, I would have started a casino,” he said.

If I wanted to make money, why would I grant scholarships for 30 percent of students?” Fernando added.

He also appreciated the fact that the President, the Prime Minister, Ministers Rajitha Senaratne and S.B. Dissanayake support the functioning of SAITM.

The knowledge of our students is very high,” he further assured.

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5 Responses to “Some politicians are opportunists – Dr. Neville”

  1. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    OH No!
    Mahinda is going off track again?. Just because the President, the Prime Minister, Ministers Rajitha Senaratne and S.B. Dissanayake support SAITM, definitely Mahinda should not change his word now.

    Mahinda should have some responsibility for those student who started medical education at SAITM during his government with his full support

  2. Christie Says:

    I am a man who supports people like Neville. He is a proud Sinhalese who serve the Sinhalese.

    If this institution was started by an Indian colonial parasites these questions will not arise.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    Those who oppose SAITM are opportunists and disruptive people. Mahinda must not fall into their group. Private medical collages are essential and Dr Neville is right. Each doctor produced by SAITM (or any other private medical institution) saves taxpayers at least 5 million rupees. When free education was introduced, it was never intended to exclude or shut out other education avenues. Sadly, free education was misused by jealous and short-sighted people to disrupt people’s right to education. GMOA is a good example of what a system of free-education-only can produce. Taxpayers who financed their education are at their mercy at hospitals. Politicians must take the side of the people, not GMOA on this matter.

  4. Sirih Says:

    We have private tech uni’s in SL, and why do these extreme left wing nut cased trying to block this medical Uni?

    Existing Uni take is extremely limited and so many bright students don’t get into govt uni and it is shame to stop this uni functioning and present govt. should do everything to get this going since medical mafia want close shop with control and govt should throw the book at these agitators trying to block this uni.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    MULTIPLY MORE private universities in SL!!

    That can save BILLIONS of dollars leaving the country. Why should people pay a fortune and go to other countries to study?


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