Thursday, 30 June, 2022

Country to get another medical university

Tk 3,100cr project proposal to be placed in ECNEC soon

The government is going to set up another medical university in the country to improve health services and medical education.

Health ministry sources said an independent and fully-fledged medical university will be established on 68 acres of land in Rajshahi city at a cost of Tk 3,100 crore.

‘Rajshahi Medical University (RMU)’ will be the second medical university in the country. The first one is ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)’ which is located in Dhaka city.

“Rajshahi Medical University is a project of Tk 3,100 crore. We have already submitted a proposal to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). We hope it will be placed in this week’s ECNEC meeting or in the next week’s to pass,” Dr AZM Moshtaque Hossain, vice-chancellor of Rajshahi Medical University (RMU), told the Daily Sun on Saturday.

As per the project proposal, there will remain a 1200-bed hospital along with the medical university in a bid to run academic activities, including research and treatment services to people simultaneously.

Health experts said this hospital will play an important role in expanding medical education in the country.

“The DPP of the project has already been finalised. In the first phase, around Tk 2,000 crore project will be implemented and then around Tk 1000 crore project will be implemented in the second phase,” Moshtaque said.

Sources in Rajshahi Medical University said in the first phase, academic building, administrating building, hospital,  school and daycare centre will be constructed.

The university will be set up on 68 acres land in the Rajshahi city corporation area.

“There will be 69 departments in the medical university. Already 80 institutes have been affiliated with the university and the number of the affiliated institutes will increase day by day,” the VC said.

Mentioning that the medical university started its initial activities in three buildings of Rajshahi Medical College in 2017, he said already 4th batch of the students are studying in the university.

“After passing the project in the ECENC, we will start the project implementation immediately.”

Dr Moshtaque Hossain, a retired professor of surgery at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of the RMU in May last year.

He said they are emphasising on recruiting skilled and competent persons to run the academic and administrative activities of the medical university properly.

“Transparency and accountability in recruiting staff have been ensured. The recruitment has been done according to UGC rules.”

The RMU VC further said they will also set up a nursing institute on the university campus in a bid to make skilled nurses.

The sources said all government and private medical colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges and institutes of health technology are affiliated with the RMU.

Some 13 government medical colleges, 13 private medical colleges, two government and five private dental colleges, six government and 31 private nursing colleges, one government and two private medical technology institutes and some Unani and Ayurvedic medical colleges are affiliated so far with the medical university, the RMU sources said.

The university has also planned to run PhD, post-graduation courses under eight faculties, they added.

Sources in the health ministry said the government has planned to set up medical university in every division of the country for providing the world-class treatment for people.

As part of the plan, the government will set up medical universities in Rajshahi, Chattogram and Sylhet. It will establish Sheikh Hasina Medical University in Khulna.