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SAITMˆmedical students move SC, seeking govt jobs

2014 Nov 13

By Chitra Weerarthne

Undergraduates in the first batch of medical students of South Asians Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), have complained to the Supreme Court that the Sri Lankan Health Services Service minute, gazetted on October 2014, have prevented the medical practitioners who quality from SAITM from being registered as state medical officers.

The petition added that only the medical practitioners who graduated from state universities and foreign Universities were considered eligible to be absorbed as state Medical Officers. Those who qualified from non-state universities and other recognised degree awarding institutions were prevented from being recruited into state service.

The petitioners have requested the Supreme Court to direct the Minister of Higher Education, S. B. Dissanayake, and other relevant authorities to redraft the service minute which they allege is arbitrary and denied the petitioner the right to engage in a lawful occupation of choice.

The petitioners are U. M. Jayami Eshana of Yakkala and Kumudini Kodituwakku of Colombo 10, who are in the first batch of undergraduates of SAITM.

Manjula Balasuriya is the instructing attorney in the petition

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