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Classes underway at PM’s promised medical college in Habiganj

The Sheikh Hasina Medical College (SHMC) in Habiganj commenced academic activities on Wednesday with an inaugural cohort of 51 students, the same day that the first classes of the year were held in colleges across the country.

The inaugural cohort of the first medical college in Habiganj, admitted for the 2017/18 academic session, is made up of 33 females and 18 males.

Dr Abu Sufiyan, the principal of SHMC, said since being appointed in September 2016, he has devoted himself fully to the procedure to open the college started through recruiting teachers and staffs, managing class rooms, renting two separate hostels for male and female students, etc.

However, practical classes  – a key component of medical studies – are facing a snag as the appointed lab technician didn’t join the college yet, said the principal.

On November 29, 2014, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a public meeting in the district promised the people of Habiganj  a medical college and an agricultural university,  both demands articulated by Advocate. Md. Abu Jahir, constituency MP of Habiganj- 3 on behalf of the Habiganj people.

Nine teachers have been recruited initially, while two more teachers are needed for the Anatomy department, according to the source.

To mark the opening day, a discussion seminar was organized at the college premises, where MP Jahir was present as the Chief Guest.

District Commissioner Manish Chakma and Additional Police Super Shams e Arefin were also in attendance at the programme presided over by Dr Abu Sufiyan.