THE FATE of thousands of dental college students hangs in the balance.
The Dental Council of India (DCI) is planning to declare ‘session zero’ in over three-dozen dental colleges and reduce seats in two dozen of them across the country.
A final decision on ‘session zero’ will be taken at the DCI’s executive committee meeting on July 2.
The move gained ground after a DCI inspection team found shortcomings in these colleges. Teaching faculty and infrastructure facility at these colleges were inadequate for running the courses. Nearly a dozen colleges from Uttar Pradesh, including two from the State capital, are also on the list.
Most of these colleges are currently running the BDS and the MDS courses.
They were served several notices to upgrade facilities on their campus.
Apart from new admissions, there will be restrictions on promoting students who are already enrolled in different courses.
Thus those in the first year of their courses will remain in the same class for another year even if they excel in the internal examinations.
Moreover, no new dental college will be opened in the country this year.
Dental Council higher-ups feel 213 colleges in the country are enough and they need to be upgraded before opening new ones.
The council is not happy with teaching and infrastructure standards of most of the colleges. On January 3, 2006, (letter no: DE-22-2005-10686) the DCI asked all dental colleges to furnish a list of their faculty.
The axe is going to fall on some prestigious dental institutes of the country like Sardar Dental College and Research Institute at Srinagar, Rural Dental College at Loni, AD College at Jamshedpur and Ahmedabad Dental College, Chandra Dental College and Hospital Barabanki and Avadh Dental College.