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2 more medical universities; draft laws cleared

05 October 2015,Monday, 23:28

The cabinet on Monday approved the drafts of the 'Chittagong Medical University Act, 2015' and the 'Rajshahi Medical University Act, 2015' to establish two more medical universities in the country.

The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The aim of the universities, to be established in Chittagong and Rajshahi, is to create more specialist medical practitioner with a view to improve the country's healthcare services.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters.

He said all the medical colleges in Chittagong and Rajshahi, including the existing Chittagong Medical College (CMC) and Rajshahi Medical College (RMC), will be affiliated with the new universities.

The Cabinet Secretary said postgraduate courses will be taught in both the universities while there will be graduation courses on nursing in both the universities.

Bhuiyan said the Cabinet on March 23 this year had given approval in principle to the drafts of the Acts which were placed before today's cabinet meeting after necessary amendments and vetting from the Ministry of Law.

As per earlier division of the Cabinet, the universities will be autonomous in terms of administrative and financial management.

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, among others.

The President of the country will be the Chancellor of the universities and he/she will appoint a vice-chancellor from the university teachers or any experienced academic person of medical education under some conditions through a gazette notification.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal of the Finance Division to promulgate an Ordinance on ‘Money Laundering Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2015’.

The cabinet secretary said the cabinet approved the proposal considering urgency of the Act as Parliament is not now in its session.

In this connection, he said, the Cabinet observed that the issue of money laundering is monitored and evaluated internationally and regionally.

Besides, an International Monitoring and Evaluation Group 'Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering' would visit Bangladesh on October next when the government would present its initiative in this regard hoping to be visible by that time.

The Cabinet was also apprised of the active participation of the Bangladesh delegation led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the 70th UNGA meeting and High Level events at the UN headquarters from 24th of September to 1st of October last.

The also adopted a resolution thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for winning the International Telecommunications Union's ‘ICT Sustainable Development Award’.

The ITU rewarded the Prime Minister with the ‘ICT's Sustainable Development Award’ in recognition of her contributions in harnessing Information Communication and Technologies for Sustainable Development.

Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting. Secretaries concerned were also present.


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