Uncertainty looms in BSMMU doctor recruitment

Staff Correspondent

12 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The recruitment of Medical Officers at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) now hangs in the balance as the university authority postponed the hiring process on Tuesday.

In the face of protests by some doctors who did not qualify in written test for the Medical Officer post and demanded cancellation of the test results and reexamination, the university authority stopped the viva voce.

“Given the circumstances, we have postponed the viva voce temporarily. The decision will be finalized at the meeting of syndicate committee of the university,” said Prof Kanak Kanti Barua, vice-chancellor, BSMMU.

Some doctors who were qualified in the written test said they have become upset at the decision of postponement of the recruitment process.

The result of the written examination was published on May 12, selecting 820 candidates from where 200 medical officers will be recruited.

The written examination was held on March 22 and 8,557 candidates took part in the examination.

The unsuccessful candidates alleged that the recruitment test was plagued by various irregularities.

BSMMU sources and eyewitnesses said since morning the unsuccessful candidates on Tuesday took position in front of the room of BSMMU VC and staged demonstration.

At one stage, they also ransacked the VC office and chanted slogans demanding resignation of the vice-chancellor.

Later, additional police were deployed in the office area and at the gate of the medical university to keep the situation under control.

Earlier, BSMMU authorities in a statement on May 21 said there is no scope to hold examinations again for recruitment of medical officers of the university as no anomaly took place in the recently held recruitment test for the post.            

“It is noticeable that no allegation of question paper leakage or any type of irregularity was found from the day of recruitment test held on March 22 till the day of publishing the results on May 12. After publishing the results, some unsuccessful candidates placed baseless allegation in this regard,” said the statement.

It further said the university authorities think that the recruitment examination was held neutrally and transparently through the committee formed by senior teachers. 

“So, there is no scope of canceling the results of the recruitment examination or holding a re-test as the demand of cancellation of the examination results made by some unsuccessful candidates is totally illogical,” said the BSMMU statement.