City's Government Dental College (GDC) will have ten additional seats in the undergraduate course, taking the total BDS seats in the college to 50. These will be included from the current academic year, the admissions for which would be starting later this month.
A team from the Dental Council of India (DCI) inspected the facilities in the college during a two-day visit in June. Except for a few vacant teaching posts, the team was all praise for the infrastructure and facilities. Even as the decision of increasing intake by 10 has just been made, GDC officials are already preparing for 100 intake capacity. "The DCI team was happy to see the quality of education as well as the social projects the college has been undertaking. We planned to apply for increased seats a year ago and have started preparing for the next stage, that is to have 100 undergraduate seats," said GDC dean Dr Vinay Hazarey.
The college has also planned certain changes in the courseware and infrastructure. "The capacity of the hostel has already been increased with a new hostel building. There are plans to buy several new and sophisticated equipment in a phased manner. We are also planning to give more focus to subjects like forensic odontology, medical jurisprudence and ethics," said Dr Hazarey. As a government institution, there are several criminal cases requiring forensic work referred to GDC. Since the subject does not form a big part of the syllabus, focusing on it will also open up a new career option for the students.
The shortage of teachers mentioned in the DCI team report does not seem to bother Dr Hazarey. "It is not very big. Several posts were filled up recently and more will be filled as and when needed," he said. The district planning and development committee (DPDC) has also provided Rs 1 crore for equipment and other works.
Of the total undergraduate seats, 15% are meant for students from other states. Until last year, this number was 6, now it will be 8. The remaining are for the students from Maharashtra. GDC is one of the three government-run dental colleges in the state, with others being in Mumbai and Aurangabad. In Central India, outside Maharashtra, there is one GDC at Indore and Raipur each.
The way ahead
* City's Government Dental College (GDC) started with 10 undergraduate seats. A decade ago, the number was 30. It was raised to 40 later. From this academic session, it will be 50 with ultimate aim of 100.
* Rs 1 crore given by district planning and development committee (DPDC) towards this end. A chunk of the sum will be spent in upgrading the equipment, some will go towards amenities like wi-fi in campus and a 20-seater bus for the many camps the college conducts.
* Also, the increment calls for college campus to be spread over a minimum 5 acres, while the current constructed area is about two and half acres. A proposal for a new building has already been sent to the joint director (dental), directorate of medical education and research (DMER). A suitable area has been earmarked in the campus opposite the road in the premises of the TB ward for this.