Cabinet clears law for country’s fifth medical university


The country’s fifth medical university to be named after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to be set up in Khulna aimed at expanding developed healthcare services and creating scope for higher medical education and research, reports BSS.

The cabinet in its regular weekly meeting on Monday gave final approval of a draft of the “Sheikh Hasina Medical University, Khulna Act, 2020” with the Prime Minister in the chair.

“The cabinet today (Monday) gave final nod to a draft of the “Sheikh Hasina Medical University, Khulna Act, 2020” to establish a medical university in Khulna division,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a news briefing after the meeting from the Bangladesh Secretariat.

Anwarul added that the main purpose of establishing medical university in Khulna division is to groom and build highly-educated expert researchers in medical education at postgraduate level alongside maintaining and improving the standard of education and research in medical colleges at graduate level.

The premier was connected from her official Ganabhaban residence, while her cabinet colleagues attended the meeting from the Bangladesh Secretariat through video conference.

Anwarul said that the law has been formulated keeping resemblance with the laws for setting up Rajshahi, Chattogram and Sylhet medical universities and it has 55 sections.

All the public and private medical colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges and institutes and medical institutes relating to medical education in Khulna division will be affiliated to the university, he continued.

The government has decided to set up the medical university in Khulna division as a part of the Awami League’s election manifesto 2018, which says a medical university will be built in each division.

Anwarul said that the cabinet also gave final approval to the draft of the “Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation Order-1973 (Amendment-2020)” brought mainly to make the existing law time befitting after making some amendments to it.

The government of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had enacted the “Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation Order-1973” with a view to flourishing the country’s tourism industry and ensuring its development.

Once the proposed law is passed it will help to boost the country’s tourism sector alongside reducing unemployment with generating huge employments and extend the areas of functions of the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), he continued.

As per the law, the board of directors of the BPC will be formed with 16 members repealing the existing system of forming the board with at least three members or maximum five members.

The proposed law suggested making secretary of the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry the chairman of the board while creating a post of executive director who will work as the BPC’s chief executive, he said, adding that in the existing system the chairman is the chief executive of the BPC.

The cabinet secretary said that the cabinet also approved “The Medical Degrees (Repeal) Act,2020” as the existing “The Medical Degrees Act, 1916 “ has no effectiveness as all its provisions have been incorporated in the “Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council Act-2010”.

The cabinet also approved in principle two separate proposals on joint declaration regarding establishing diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Commonwealth of Dominica, a mountainous Caribbean island nation, and Saints Kits and Nevis, an island country in the West Indies.