Health Desk--- July 16, 2016: The Chittagong Medical University will be built on the hilly terrain of the Chittagong Medical College (CMC).
Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain said this while on a visit on Friday to choose a likely site for the university.
The minister went on an inspection of the hill tract next to the CMC staff quarters and the principal’s bungalow.
“There is a lot of land here. The university will look visually attractive if located on the hilltop. It will be the first in Bangladesh,” he said at the end of the inspection.
The university buildings would be built by keeping the local environment and trees unharmed, Hossain added.
The CMC owns 78 acres, Bangladesh Medical Association's (BMA) Chittagong unit President Mujibul Haque Khan, who accompanied the minister during the inspection, told.
“Fifteen acres of empty land have been found on the campus. A beautifully planned university can be built there,” he said.
Khan feels the setting up of a university on the college campus would benefit both students and patients.
On July 1, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim announced that the university will be built on the CMC premises and the work will be supervised by the housing minister.
Mosharraf Hossain on Friday said the engineers and architects will evaluate and let them know first. Then the plans will be finalised.
He told reporters that Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) will be modernised. “Currently, this hospital has the capacity of housing only 500 patients. We’ll upgrade its capacity to serve 2,000 to 4,000 patients.”
Mujibul Haque Khan said the work of the medical university will begin first followed by the CMCH modernisation process.
The government last year announced that to establish Chittagong Medical University.
Last year, the government announced that Chittagong Medical University will be established.