ADMISSION CRITERIA
Aligned with the GoB admission criteria, young women who have completed 12 years of education (up to HSC or equivalent) either in science, arts or commerce with GPA 6.0 and have secured a minimum of 2.5 GPA, in both HSC and SSC level are eligible for the written admission test. When they are successful in written exam they appear for viva. Viva board looks at her attitude, knowledge level, economic capacity, health status etc. Commitment to complete the three-year course and work as a professionally practicing midwife afterwards are also admission requirements.
Admission criteria can be changed based on government rules and regulations

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
• 40 Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD)
• 40 Newborn Care
• 100 Antenatal and Postnatal Care
• 25 Family Planning method acceptance

FEES AND FREE STUDENTSHIP 
Candidates from any part of Bangladesh are welcome. However, young women from disadvantaged and indigenous communities will be given priority. The 3-year residential ‘Diploma in Midwifery’ will cost 222,000 BDT and is a subsidized cost.
The Developing Midwives Project has kept provision for a least 30 percent of the seats to be filled by students from the disadvantaged populations in each Academic Sites, throughout the project period. These students will be provided scholarships covering all the expenses.

AREAS OF CONSIDERATION FOR FREE STUDENTSHIPS ARE:

Candidates from any part of the country are welcome. However, young women from poor, disadvantaged and indigenous communities will be given priority.

The Developing Midwives Project is applying tuition fees for 70 percent of the students while 30 percent students of poor socio-economic background are provided full free studentship throughout the project period covering all the expenses i.e. tuition fees, accommodations, meals, course materials and supplies, local transportation to and from clinical and community sites etc. The 30 percent students are selected through the advertisement in mass media followed by admission test and a physical verification.

For full free studentship the Project is considering those people who representing the low-income group i.e. wage labor, rickshaw pulling etc. and earn maximum monthly BDT 6000.00 and ownership of maximum 33 decimal lands. Besides, people from hard to‐reach areas, disaster prone areas, haor and isolated areas and the areas of poor infrastructural facility are also considered for offering this opportunity. Furthermore, the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh are the native ethnic minorities in a few regions of Bangladesh. These regions include the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Sylhet Division, Rajshahi Division and Rangpur Division and Mymensingh District. The project is always keen to offer full free studentship from Santals and Garo community.

The 70 percent fee-paying students are enrolled through the advertisement in mass media followed by admission test and they are from slightly higher socio-economic background than the full free students. A total of 70 percent is paying only 25 percent cost of their total costs. The project is bearing the remaining 75 percent of costs.

FACILITIES:

(a) Hostel facilities: All the hostels are well equipped and have standard arrangement for food, living and study. Balanced diet is served at the dormitories following a standard diet chat to fulfill the required calorie requirements during studentship period. The housekeeper also stays at the hostel and it has 24*7 security surveillance system.

(b) Classroom facilities: Midwifery has numbers of air conditioned spacious classrooms with multimedia facility.

(c) Skill lab ,Computer labs and libraries: All academic sites have standard skill labs in line with International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)standards and also computer labs with high speed internet connectivity. Skill labs and computer labs are accessible for all students, 9 am to 10 pm.

(d) Clinical placement: Clinical placement is the heart of midwifery education, as students develop the practical skills of all the services which a midwife needs to provide. Midwifery program has MOU with a number of clinical facilities for providing space for all the students to practice skills. These include government teaching hospitals/institutes and Partners’ hospitals and clinics and few private clinics. During clinical skill practice, all the students are accompanied 24/7 by faculty members. Transport facilities are available to and from the clinical placement sites.

(d) Day Care Center: Day Care Center is really very essential for any mothers specially working mothers. Most of our faculty members are young women. Trend displays 30% of the faculty members are pregnant at one point of time and also others have children below 2 years of age. Sometimes it is hard for them to concentrate on work because they are constantly worried about their child. Considering the fact, during October, 2018 midwifery program inaugurated a day care center for our faculty so that they can enjoy their motherhood as well as child rights can be ensured.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT (SLD) :

Developing midwives project understands that building leadership skills is a process that is cultivated by a passion for affecting positive change. We recognize the importance of the student's participation in the development of his or her own leadership skills. As such, we present students with a variety of programs, organizations and opportunities that inspire them to get involved and grow into the Leaders of Tomorrow. In each academic site leaders are elected by student voting from each batch.

At the beginning of each semester newly elected Student Leaders from all academic sites receive a residential training on “Excelling Effective Leadership”. Through this training they become more confident and skilled to play their role at their respective academic site and this way they will be able to play a vital role in maintaining a healthy learning environment. This training program will also bring the opportunity for them to meet the other leaders from different sites, exchange their ideas and execute them in their own premises.

 STUDENT WELFARE COMMITTEE (SWC)

The welfare of its students is of paramount importance to Developing Midwifery Project (DMP), BRAC University. The crucial responsibility of Student Welfare Committee (SWC) is to assist students with any problem they may be experiencing, be it physical, mental, social, academic or otherwise. The importance of this Committee in protecting students and facilitating their academic and personal success cannot be overemphasized. However, the Student welfare Committee looks after the welfare of the students with the support of teachers and management. The SWC intended on providing the most suitable academic, social and cultural environment to bring out the best from each individual student. A VOICE BOX is maintained in the academic site where any students can write their problem anonymously. Student Welfare Committee (SWC) meeting takes place once in every month and the meeting is presided by a student leader

Purpose of the SWC: 

1. Creating and enhancing academic environment in which every individual has the opportunity to learn, interact and engage in all aspects of student life, regardless of age, culture, physical, psychological, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances. 
2. Promoting a safe, healthy and secure environment. 
3. Monitoring and responding to students in crisis.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The counseling unit of DMP is managed by a counselor, who is a mental health professional and has extensive knowledge on physical, mental & social wellbeing of adolescent and young adults.
The counselor offers need based confidential individual sessions and group session to the young midwifery students. Counselor facilitates workshops on several topics such as Self-Care, Coping, Bullying Stress Management, Genders Based Violence etc. to raise awareness, explore the problems that the students face and try to understand their troubles and support them as required.
Counselor assist the students for functioning of student welfare committee, electing students’ leaders, voice box management and addressing any issues related to student’s personal development and Leadership Capacity Building etc. Counselors also assists the faculty members especially the Gender Focal Persons in providing support to the students regarding gender related issues (bullying) by offering them training on basic counseling skills and groups sessions in faculty development training.
Any case of critical incidents (Harassment/Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Rape, Self-harm, Suicide Attempt, Committed Suicide, Conversion) observed by a student or faculty of DMP issues are directly notified to the Counselor. Based on the complaints, Counselor precedes with the investigation procedure by maintaining proper confidentiality under direct supervision of Project Director (PD). Counselor and PD will provide any emergency support needed at that time and will take action for victim’s physical and psychological safety.
Counselor maintains a Hotline Service offered by DMP and via this service students can reach out to the Counselor 24*7 regarding any critical feedback as well. Also, there is an Anonymous Email platform maintained by counselor for students to share their feedback and concerns.