New Delhi: “30,000 graduates pass every year and more than 6000 post-graduates get their MDS degree from different dental colleges in the country,” the Vice President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu informed during the 11th International Dental Students & 5th Dental Surgeons Conference held recently.
The conference jointly organized by Dental Students Welfare Association and Dental Surgeons Conference saw the participation from many dental students and dental surgeons from different parts of the country and abroad.
As many as 30,000 graduates pass every year from different dental colleges in the country and more than 6000 postgraduates get their MDS degree from dental colleges Vice President Naidu pointed out adding that this number is increasing every year because of the mushrooming of dental colleges.
During his address at the conference, the Vice President also brought the participants’ attention to the insignificant number of medical colleges that are running by the government.
“Only 40 of the 300 odd dental colleges in the country are in the government sector,” he stated adding that while the government is keen to set up more colleges in the public sector, strict action should be taken by the Dental Council against the private dental colleges which are not maintaining proper standards and falling short of stipulations.
“We cannot afford any kind of laxity when it comes to health education and healthcare of the people,” he said.
“I am happy to learn that they are also running an international exchange programme and an international research programme with the help of dental teachers of different countries to give chance to Indian students to learn beyond the boundaries. I would like to congratulate them for their efforts in this regard,” he added.
The Vice president also addressed the issues associated with improper oral hygiene. He wanted the healthcare professionals to conduct dental camps in the rural areas which were neglected over the years. He appreciated the participants who have taken an oath to work for 15 days in a year in rural areas for free.