Two counter human chains were formed by nursing students from Technical Education Board (TEB), and from the medical discipline, over the registration test in front of the National Press Club on Thursday morning.
Students from the technical board side demanded to participate in the 'Licensing or Comprehensive Examination of the Nursing Council', while other side demanded not to give them the opportunity to participate.
Protesters from both sides chanted slogans, with police officers urging both sides not to do anything provocative.
Alamgir Rana, president of Sonar Bangla Nurses Association, said, "Even though we have studied under the technical education board, the syllabus is the same as medical discipline. Moreover, the Prime Minister directed the implementation of the One Umbrella Concept."
He said I am protesting against providing false information to the nurses of the Nursing Council against the decision of the High Court and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through various news outlets.
"At the same time, we want to say the demand of the nurses of the council that the nursing course of Bangladesh Technical Education Board is 6 months, is completely false, fabricated and baseless," he said, adding that in fact, the TEB's Diploma Nursing course is four years long and is in complete agreement with the Nursing Council's syllabus.
"So, we must be immediately given the opportunity to participate in the registration test of Nursing Council," he demanded.
Meanwhile, in a signed written statement BDBNA Secretary General Mamun Hasan and President Liza Akhter said the technologists from the technical board are basically 'patient care technologists', not nurses.
"Patient care technologists cannot be registered as nurses in order to protect the quality of nursing services and ensure public health protection. In addition, the Diploma in Midwifery of Family Welfare Inspectors (FWVs) cannot be equated. We will not accept any deviation," they added.
Also, the BDBNA activists chanted slogans saying 'Technical has no place in Bangabandhu's Bengal, Technical has no place in Prime Minister's Bengal'.