The cabinet on Monday approved in principle the Private Medical and Dental College Bill 2020 incorporating provisions that each medical institution must have a permanent campus with 75 per cent of teachers appointed on a permanent basis for their approvals.
Each medical or dental college must have minimum 50 students while the teacher-student ratio would be 1:10, according to the draft.
The health education and family planning division placed the draft bill in the weekly cabinet meeting held virtually with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
‘Most of the private medical and dental colleges are run by part-time teachers. From now on, no such institution will be allowed to operate if 75 per cent of the teachers are not permanent. Only 25 per cent of them could be part timers,’ cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a press briefing at the secretariat.
He said that the operations procedure of private medical and dental colleges was under the guidelines framed in 2011 and 2009 respectively.
‘The private medical and dental colleges would be affiliated with the medical university in the division concerned. If there is no medical university in any division, the government would fix their affiliating university,’ the cabinet secretary said.
He said there were already 70 private medical colleges and 26 dental colleges in the country.
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