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RMU’s own campus to be set up on 68 acres of land

RMU’s own campus to be set up on 68 acres of land

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RAJSHAHI: The Rajshahi Medical University (RMU)’s own campus will be established on around 68 acres of land for smoothing its administrative, academic and healthcare activities, its Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr AZM Mustaque Hossain said.

The campus will house a 1,200-bed hospital to facilitate healthcare services for the people along with expanding medical education and research in the northwest and southern parts of the country, he told BSS.

Prof Hossain said the RMU establishment project has already been approved in the meeting of ECNEC on June 14 last involving Taka 1,867 crore.

In the preliminary stage, 21 important buildings, including academic, administrative, 1,200-bed hospital, mosque, school, daycare centre, central library, VC’s Lunge, dormitory and medical gas plant, will be built, he said.

A site of 68 acres of land in Shilinda area of Rajshahi city has been selected for establishing own campus of the university aimed at building it as a unique institution, sources said.

“We are expecting to start the land acquisition for building the infrastructures as early as possible,” Prof Hossain said, adding that a nursing institute will also be established on the campus for creating skilled nurses.

Around 12,000 students are being admitted to 80 medical, nursing, dental colleges and other institutions under RMU’s jurisdiction every year as its registrar office has been implementing all the scheduled works competently, RMU sources said.

There are 74 affiliated institutions, including 13 government and 13 non-government medical colleges, two government and five non-government dental colleges, six government and 31 non-government nursing colleges, one government and two non-government institutes of health technology and Hamdard Unani Medical College and Hospital under the university.

As the new university, Prof Hossain said utmost emphasis was given on appointing experienced and competent persons in different vital posts to run all the administrative and academic activities smoothly.

In terms of contractual appointments, transparency and accountability were fully ensured and as a result of contractual recruitments, dynamism has been infused into operational activities of the university, he added.

Apart from this, appointments were made in line with the decision of syndicate and allocation along with following the approved rules of the university grants commission in this regard, he continued.

Prof Hossain vowed to build the medical university as a center of excellence in medical education and research.

“We have plans of launching post-graduation courses, including PhD, under the existing eight faculties of the university as soon as possible.” he added.

Engineer Sirajum Munir, Director of Planning and Development, said the RMU has been conducting MBBS, BDS, BSc in Nursing, BSc in Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) courses since the 2017-18 academic session successfully.

He added that all the existing public and private medical colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges and institute of health technology in Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions were brought under the jurisdiction of RMU.

The medical university has started playing a vital role in expanding medical education in the region by arranging competent and devoted workforces as it has already achieved academic excellence to a greater extent.