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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The alumni of Dhaka Medical College on Monday brought out a silent procession on the campus in protest against the ‘exclusion’ of some graduates from postgraduate training courses.

Expressing their resentment for the exclusion, they took to the streets wearing black badges, and later submitted a memorandum to the director of the medical college.

‘The medical college has a tradition of raising voice against all types of misdeeds since the language movement in 1952. Now we are united again to resist any evil deed,’ said an alumnus.

All the doctors as well as students of the college have united to raise their voice against what they said ‘corruption in the process of postgraduate training courses.’

The hospital authorities dropped the names of some doctors and graduates of the college from the list of the postgraduate training courses while they allowed some graduates from different private medical colleges, they alleged.

‘I went to the gynaecology department soon after I had passed the first part of my FCPS degree but I was refused to join,’ a dejected DMC graduate said.

‘All of my friends at Sir Salimullah Medical College have already joined Mitford Hospital for training courses. Now where we will go to avail of this training,’ she quested.

In cardiology department, some 84 doctors — 54 from DMC and 30 from private medical colleges — applied for their training courses. But the department allowed all the 30 outsiders, the agitating doctors alleged.

‘When we asked the department about the eligibility of these candidates, they replied that the decision was taken after holding a lottery,’ a doctor said.

They also demanded that the authorities should allow all the DMC graduates for the training courses as required for postgraduate degrees. The hospital director, Dr Abdus Shahid Khan, denied the allegations and said, ‘DMC will take no responsibility for its graduates. There is no hard and fast rule to include all the DMC graduates in the training courses at DMCH.’ He, however, said that they would look into the matter.

When asked a professor of the college told this correspondent, ‘It is true that there is no hard and fast rule to give preference to the doctors in the postgraduate training courses at their respective medical college hospitals, but there is no rule to neglect them.’

‘Rather it will be helpful for them, if they get opportunity to work with their own medical college hospital because they have been accustomed with the hospital for a long time,’ he said.

Only eight government medical colleges have the facilities for such training courses.

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