Bihaguri, 13 May 2011: In what appears to be extremely good news for the whole student community of Assam, Tezpur Medical College and Hospital (TMCH) announced today that they are starting the country’s first correspondence Medical degree course. Speaking to our correspondent, Nak Kaan Kata Saikia the principal of TMCH Dr. Dhaniram Dhankhuwa said “We believe that the students of this region should not be deprived of their right to quality medical education just because of the fact that TMCH is still under constructed.”
TMCH envisioned by the state government as a state of the art medical college and hospital has been very fast developing into what it was promised to be. The buildings are being built at a speed that would even put the Commonwealth Games construction committee to shame. When asked why it is taking so much time for the college campus to come up, chief engineer Phupula Phukan said that they were making sure the best international standards were used to make the campus the best in the country. Taking this point in view he also said that they have employed every worker in the site from the ‘international’ pool of eligible Bangladeshis that are easily available in and around the state.
But this move by the state government to introduce this unique MBBS degree programme will bring in a wave of respite for the thousand of examinees appearing for the Combined Entrance Examination (CEE) next week. When we enquired how the students will be given practical knowledge of the subjects, the principal refused to comment and just gave us a shy smile. Akhil Gogoi as usual already pissed off with the recent election results seemed elated at this development and said that he will be the first student of the college.
Our correspondent also managed to speak to a very prominent citizen of Tezpur, Dr. Goswami who said that originally the college was expected to start classes as early as 2009, but due to unforeseen opportunities for corruption they stalled the classes till next year. However, she seemed genuinely happy that the state government is doing something for the education scenario of Assam, and wished everyone all the best.
It waits for us to see how the new government at the state will keep up this good work, and we also hope that such courses for the post graduate students and doctorate students will also come up very soon.