Dhaka Medical College and Hospital

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Dhaka Medical College and Hospital
ঢাকা মেডিকেল কলেজ
Dhaka Medical College and Hospital logo.png
Logo of Dhaka Medical College
Type Public medical school
Established 1946 (1946)
Academic affiliation
University of Dhaka
Principal Professor Khan Abul Kalam Azad
Director Brig. Gen. Mohammad. Mizanur Rahman
Administrative staff
Students 1,050
Postgraduates 900 (2009)
Location Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh
23°43′32″N 90°23′53″E / 23.72556°N 90.39806°E / 23.72556; 90.39806Coordinates: 23°43′32″N 90°23′53″E / 23.72556°N 90.39806°E / 23.72556; 90.39806
Campus Urban
(25 acres (10 ha))[1]
Language English
Website www.dmc.gov.bd

Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is a medical college and hospital located in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. It is situated in the Bakshibazar area of the city, close to the University of Dhaka and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.


Hospital Building

The college's original building was built before the Partition of Bengal of 1905; being used, as of 1904, as the secretariat (headquarters) of the newly formed provinces of East Bengal and Assam; then, in 1921, turned over to the University of Dhaka, which was founded that year. At that time a part of the huge building was used as the university's medical center, another part as the students' dormitory and the rest as the office of the administrative wing of the Arts faculty.

In 1939, the Dhaka university council requested that the British Government establish a separate medical college in Dhaka. The proposal was postponed because of the onset of the Second World War.

During World War II the medical center building became an American armed forces hospital. The Americans vacated the building at the end of the war.

Finally, Dhaka Medical College was established in 1946, and the college began admitting students. Academic classes started on 10 July which is celebrated as "DMC DAY". The 1st year, beginning class, or "Batch", was named K-5, 2nd year K-4, 3rd year K-3, 4th year K-2, and 5th year K-1. All the advanced students (K-4 through K-1) had transferred from the Calcutta Medical College, in large part because of the partition of India.

At first there were no female students, but now about half of the students are females.

Major W. J. Virgin, the head of the committee formed to establish the Dhaka Medical College, was the first principal. In the beginning there were only four departments – medicine, surgery, gynecology and otolaryngology (ENT). Since the college did not initially have anatomy or physiology departments, the students at first attended those classes at Mitford Medical School (now the Sir Salimullah Medical College); but, after a month, Professor of Anatomy Pashupati Basuand and Professor of Physiology Hiralal Saha joined the staff and their specialties were taught in ward no. 22 of the hospital.

There was no lecture hall nor dissection gallery at first. These needs were met after the construction of new academic buildings in 1955. The college did not have any student housing. Male students were allowed to reside in the Dhaka University's student halls, but female students did not have the use of that facility. The college and hospital premises were expanded with temporary sheds, some of which were built for outdoor services of the hospital and some for student housing. New buildings for housing, college, and hospital were constructed in phases: a dormitory for girls in 1952, a dormitory for male students in 1954–55, a new complex of academic buildings in 1955, and a dormitory for internee doctors in 1974–75. A new academic and hospital building, adding 500 beds, Dhaka Medical College Hospital-2 (DMCH-2), was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 3 October 2013.

Over time, the original 100-bed hospital has grown to become Bangladesh's largest hospital. After adding the 500 beds in 2013, DMCH now has 2300 beds.[1]

Entrance examination[edit]

Every year, after passing their Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations, nearly 90,000 applicants from all over the country sit for the medical college admission test. The top 197[citation needed] students get the opportunity to study at Dhaka Medical College. About 20 foreign students are admitted according to merit. Each entering Class of the college, which is known as a "Batch", is designated by the prefix 'K' followed by the batch number. Every batch also has a special name: for example, Hottogol K-61, Baundule K-62, Shopnochari K-63, Jatrik K-64, Kolpok K-65, Shonkhoneel K-66, Lubdhok K-67, Deepro K-68, Uttal K-69, Suprovo K-70, Anirban K-71, Badhvanga K-72, etc.[citation needed]

Graduate examination[edit]

In order for students to post graduate, they must undergo intensive preparation, to become members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. If desired, one can measure oneself online, to justify post graduation admission preparation. Sample questions and model tests are provided online, which can aid in this process.


Serial Name Period
1. Dr. Major W. J. Virgin 01.07.46 – 14.08.47
2. Dr. Colonel E. G. Montgomery 15.08.47 – 19.07.48
3. Professor T. Ahmed 19.07.48 – 01.01.52
4. Dr. Colonel A. K. Afridi 01.01.50 – 20.03.53
5. Professor Surajit Sarker 21.03.53 – 10.04.54
6. Professor A. K. M. A. Wahed 11.04.54 – 20.01.55
7. Professor Nowab Ali 21.01.55 – 01.02.57
8. Professor Quasi Deen Mohammad 27.01.08 – 09.01.14
9. Professor Md. Ismail Khan 09.01.2014- 14-06-2017
10. Professor Khan Abul Kalam Azad 15-06-2017-

Role in national politics[edit]

The Dhaka Medical College has been involved in all the national movements of Bangladesh.

Bengali Language Movement[edit]

The college dormitories that were known as barracks were at the heart of the Bengali Language Movement from 1948 to 1952. The barracks were formerly situated at the current location of the Shaheed Minar.

There were about 20 tin shed barracks where the medical students resided. Because they were close to the Parliament of East Pakistan (presently Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University), the medical dormitories were chosen as the center of the student movement.

In the early hours of 21 February 1952, all the students of Dhaka Medical College gathered in front of the medical college dormitories. In the afternoon the group headed for the parliament which was in session. No procession was allowed due to the imposition of Section 144 (a section of the penal code that prohibited unlawful assembly). The students decided to defy Section 144 at 4:00 PM at the historic Aam-tola (which was situated beside the present day Emergency gate).

The police fired at the procession, resulting in the deaths of Salam, Barkat, Rafique, Jabbar and Shafiur.

After sunset on 21 February, at the site of the deaths, the students of Dhaka Medical College decided to build a monument. They worked continuously on 22 and 23 February and finished the construction, using bricks, gravel and cement reserved for the hospital.

Liberation War, 1971[edit]

Moazzem Hossain, Selim Ahmed, Ali Hafiz Selim, Abu Yusuf Mia, Iqbal Ahmed Faruq, Muzibul Haque, Mostafa Jalal Mahiuddin, Mozaffar, Amzad Hossain, Wali, Osman, Golam Kabir, Zillur Rahim, Dalu, Nurujjuman, Shahadat, and many more students took part in the war as liberation fighters. Many of them fought in Dhaka city itself.[2]

Clubs, associations, and extracurricular achievements[edit]

  • Computer Club of DMC
  • DMC Debating Club (DMCDC)
  • Ex-Cadets' Association of DMC
  • Medicine Club, DMC Unit
  • Rotaract club
  • Sandhani, DMC branch (blood, organ donating charitable organization)[3]

DMC became champions and runners up in the Debate Competition organised by Bangladesh television more than once and came in third at 'Gyan Jiggasa' (a national general knowledge competition of Bangladesh Television) in 1985 and Champions in 1987. Dr. Rifat Haider of Batch K59 became champion in 2008 at the Bangladesh chapter of the World Quizzing Championship and Dr. Ahmad Fayezi Tamal of Batch K64 became champion four times (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) in the same competition. Sheikh Mahmood Hasan of Batch K64 and Rajat Das Gupta of Batch K66 were runners up in that competition in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The Dhaka Medical College quiz team became champions in the IFIC Bank DQS-SSMC Carnival Captive 2013 and 2014, competing among 68 teams. The Dhaka Medical College quiz team 1 became champions in AIUB-MPH DQS-SSMC 1st Global Health Festival 2014 and another team of Dhaka Medical College became runner up in that same quiz competition.[4] Dhaka Medical College quiz team became champions in consecutive two years (2015 and 2016) in Inter-university Language Based Quiz Competition organized by Dhaka Residential Model College.[5][6] Two teams of Dhaka Medical College became champion and runner up in “MediQuiz”: Platform & AMSA-BD National Medical General Knowledge Competition Powered by Elsevier on 1 October 2015. Dhaka Medical College quiz team, composed of Jayanta Sen Abir (k69), Mirza Mohammad Eshrak (72) and Abrar Hasan (K73), became champion in Inter-university French Cultural Quiz organized by Alliance Française on the occasion of International Day of the Francophonie.[7] In 2016, Dhaka Medical College quiz team have won five championships and became runner up in one occasion marking it the most successful year in their history.

Dhaka Medical College Debating Club (DMCDC) is a pioneer in Medical college debating history. After being established in 2009, DMCDC has hosted two national debate festivals with huge success. The debate team became champions in the TIB-DMCDC National Anti-Corruption Day Debate Competition 2012. They were also the runners-up of the SK-F NDFBD DMCDC National Inter-Medical College Debate Competition of 2011. Before that Dhaka Medical College Debate team became runner up in both National Debate Competition arranged by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in 2009 and 5th Stamford National Debate Championship 2010. The debate team were runners-up in the first Bangladesh Television Environmental Debate Competition of 2012 and champions in the second year. Recently, the debate team was the only medical school debate team to reach the finals of 2013 JUDS Inter-University Debate Championship. By winning the third SKF-NDFBD-CMCDC National Inter Medical College Debate Championship, in 2014, the debate team are the current defending champions.[8] The 2014 team consists of team members Ranok Mehedi (K-69), Zahid Hasan (K69), and Raisul Arafat (K-71).

Notable alumni[edit]

The notable alumni of DMC include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History of Dhaka Medical College". Dhaka Medical College. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Litu, Monilal Aich; Tablu, Abdul Hanif (19 July 2009). "Sixty Three Years of Dhaka Medical College". Star Campus. The Daily Star. 2 (128). Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sandhani". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  4. ^ (itsd.aiub.edu), AIUB Software Division. "AIUB Sets Precedence in Global Health Education in Bangladesh - American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB)". Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "রেমিয়েন ভাষা কুইজে চ্যাম্পিয়ন ঢাকা মেডিকেল কলেজ". 23 September 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "নটর ডেম বিজ্ঞান উৎসবের আন্তঃবিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কুইজে চ্যাম্পিয়ন ঢাকা মেডিকেল কলেজ". 13 September 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "আন্তঃবিশ্ববিদ্যালয় ফ্রেঞ্চ কালচারাল কুইজে চ্যাম্পিয়ন ঢাকা মেডিকেল কলেজ". 16 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "DMC wins SK+F debate contest in Ctg". The Daily Star. 30 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Ahmed, Hana Shams (23 June 2006). "A Life-saving Innovator". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

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