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DCI denies renewal to Dental College in Aurangabad

Aurangabad: The union government has recently received a not so good status report from the Dental Council of India (DCI) about Government Dental College and Hospital Aurangabad. The report submitted clearly implies that the council has noted infrastructural and more deficiencies at the dental college; therefore, recommending the union government not to grant renewal to the college for the third year BDS course in this academic year. It also means the government dental college will not be likely given renewal permission for additional of 40-50 seats at its premise.

A letter to the ministry of health and family welfare had been submitted by DCI, duly bearing the signature of ML Meena, the secretary incharge of DCI, dated June 13, has been received by the college.

The letter implies that the confirmation of DCI’s recommendation to not renew the 3rd year BDS course and grant of additional seats, due to 5 major deficiencies.

DCI’s inspection team noted a deficiency in staff which includes professor of oral pathology deputed in DME Mumbai. Besides, there is shortage of 2 professors in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics departments. Also, and the department of Paedontics lacks one reader.

Lack of medical equipment in different departments leading to deficiency in functioning of these departments has been noted by the council.

The reports also highlights the fact that the pre-clinical prosthodontics and dental material lab is established on a smaller area in comparison to what was sanctioned. The same deficiency has been noted in other major pre-clinical labs, including pathology.

When contacted, college dean Dr SP Dange told TOI, “There are shortcomings at the government level as well as at the level of the PWD. The state health minister has called me on Monday for filing a detailed affidavit about the situation and we will be getting three months’ time for meeting the criteria.”

Taking a dig at the state government, Aurangabad MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel said, “It is unfortunate that due to the lackadaisical attitude of the government, especially the health department, that the situation has reached to the stage that the permission of the over three-decade-old college will not be renewed.”
Established in 1982, the prestigious dental college had made it to list of best colleges in the country more than three times.

Source: With inputs from TOI
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