Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, a former student of Mymensingh Medical College (MMC), joined Sunday's celebration of Pahela Baishakh with students and teachers on the institution's campus.
Dr Tshering was enrolled at MMC under M-28 batch in 1991. After his graduation from MMC in 2000, he went to Dhaka and completed FCPS in surgery in 2003 from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
His 14-member delegation included Bhutan's Foreign Affairs Minister Tandi Dorji, who was also a student at MMC under batch 24.
After Prime Minister Dr Tshering arrived on the campus, the MMC authorities accorded him a reception at the college auditorium where he took part in a discussion with doctors and students of MMC.
During his speech, the Bhutanese premier said to be a good doctor, one has to be a good human being first. And it is part of a doctor's routine work to ensure highest attention to each and every patient.
Before getting together with his former classmates at Gallery-2, Dr Tshering revisited the classrooms where he used to attend classes and the college canteen.
He then revisited the doctors club and Ward 6 at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where he underwent training on surgery for eight months.
The heart-felt speech of Dr Tshering will surely have a positive impact on the doctors' minds and seniors must do their part to set example for juniors, said Dr Matiur Rahman Bhuiyan, a retired professor of pathology at MMC.
Fifth-year student SM Tareq Hasan said Dr Tshering's historic visit to the college will be proudly remembered.
Nusrat Amin, a fourth-year student at MMC, said any person present at the auditorium was spellbound by Dr Tshering's motivational speech and she was proud to be an MMCian.
Dr Mohammad Asaduzzaman Ratan, an assistant professor at the college, said while revisiting Gallery-2, Dr Tshering took a seat in the same chair where he used to sit during classes.
The authorities are preserving the chair in his honour, he also said.
One of Dr Tshering's former classmates at MMC, Dr Shafikul Bari Tuhin, said since the inception of MMC in 1962, this year's Pahela Baishakh celebration with the presence of the Bhutanese prime minister has been the largest of all on the campus.
As many as 80 former classmates of Dr Tshering joined the programme, he said, adding that Dr Tshering has invited them (the former classmates) to join him in a reunion of the MMC batchmates in Bhutan next year.
“Tshering also sought cooperation from us in recruiting specialist doctors from Bangladesh, especially from MMC and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University,” Shafikul said.