A praiseworthy role for decades
Kumudini Nursing School and College, an institute under Kumudini Welfare Trust founded by Liberation War martyr Ranada Prosad Saha in Mirzapur, is playing a great role in providing medical service in the country by producing efficient nurses.
The institute has so far produced over 1000 efficient nurses who are now serving at different hospitals in the country, Protibha Mutsuddi, director of the Trust, said at a programme on the occasion of starting classes for new nursing students at Kumudini Complex on Wednesday.
Forty diploma students and six BSc students received caps at the programme known as shiraboron (capping) programme.
At present the number of the students at the institute is 300 while the nurses trained up by the institute have reputation as good and efficient nurses everywhere, she said.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, who attended the programme as chief guest, said, "There is no shortage of resources in the world but there is shortage of good human being. The establishments founded by Ranada Prosad Saha have been working to produce such people."
"The Pakistani army with the help of their local collaborators killed 30 lakh people of the country including the great RP Saha and his son during the 1971 Liberation War. Now time has come to find out the collaborators and try them," he added.
Born at Mirzapur village near the then sub-divisional town Tangail in the erstwhile Mymensingh district on November 15, 1896, Ranada Prosad (RP) Saha, a philanthropist, established Kumudini Hospital in 1938 for providing all kinds of medical care to the common people free of cost.
In 1944, he started nursing training to the poor village women especially adolescent widows through efficient nurse trainers from home and abroad including India and England in the hospital.
He continued the humanitarian work until Pakistani occupation army with the help of their local collaborators abducted RP Saha and his son Bhabani Prosad Saha from their Narayanganj residence on May 7 in 1971 and killed them.
To fulfil RP Saha's dream, his youngest daughter Joya Poti, the then managing director (MD) of Kumudini Welfare Trust, established Kumudini Nursing School in 1973 with 12 students. Later in 2007, RP Saha's grandson Rajib Prosad Saha, MD of Kumudini Welfare Trust, introduced BSc course at the institute and renamed it as Kumudini Nursing School and College.
Now the institute is providing four-year diploma and BSc courses for its students.
With Kumudini Welfare Trust MD Rajib Prosad Saha in the chair, directors of the Trust Protibha Mutsuddi and Sheemoti Saha, and Kumudini Nursing School and College Principal Aurpita Rozario addressed the event, among others.
Earlier, the students of Bharateswari Homes performed an attractive choreography on this occasion.