Saturday, 25 September, 2021
E-paper

JS passes 2 medical university bills

JS passes 2 medical university bills

Popular News

The Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday passed two medical university bills with a view to setting up medical universities in Rajshahi and Chittagong.
State Minister for Health Zahid Maleque placed the bills styled ‘Rajshahi Medical University Bill 2016’ and ‘Chittagong Medical University Bill 2016’ at the House, with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
The House passed the bills by a voice vote, rejecting the amendment motions moved by the opposition lawmakers.
The opposition lawmakers proposed sending the bill to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for further scrutiny and taking public opinion, but their proposals were rejected by voice vote.
Speaking during the discussion on the bills, the state minister said if the two medical universities are set up, an opportunity will be created for higher education alongside research work. “They will help produce skilled and expert physicians,” he said.
The cabinet last year approved the two bills to turn the Chittagong Medical College and Rajshahi Medical College into universities in line with the promise of the Prime Minister.
At present, Bangabanhdu Sheikh Mujib Medical University is the lone medical university in the country. With the passage of the two bills, the activities of the two more medical universities will start.
The two universities will have syndicate, academic council, faculty, deans’ committee, curriculum committee, board of advanced studies, finance committee, planning and development committee and discipline committee.
The President will be the chancellor of the two universities while the vice chancellors would be appointed for four years.
The House also passed two more bills styled ‘Defence Services (Amendment) Bill 2016’ and ‘Defence Services (Supreme Command) Bill 2016’.
Besides, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal also placed the “Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in public procurement, work and services.
The bill proposed raising the ceiling of public procurement to Tk three crore from the current Tk two crore under the ‘limited tender method.’
On February 29, 2016, the cabinet approved the draft Public Procurement (Amendment) Law.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs chairman Suranjit Sengupta placed reports on five separate bills seeking enhancement of remunerations and privileges of the President, the Prime Minister, ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, Speaker and Deputy Speaker and members of parliament.
The bills are “The President’s (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016”, “The Prime Minister’s (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016, “The Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Speaker-Deputy Speaker (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and members of parliament (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016.