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Toothache: Names change, by degrees

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 00:17 IST

POLITICS IS everywhere, especially when it comes to the name game.

No wonder, as times changed, so did governments and the names of institutions awarding degrees to dental students.

First, they got it from the Lucknow University (1949 to 2002). Then, it was the Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Medical University (CSJMMU).

And now, students will be awarded degrees by the UP King George’s University of Dental Sciences (UPKGUDS) itself.

The move follows the DCI governing body approving the UPKGUDS degree. Ironically, the dental university, India’s first, is itself a product of the political factor.

For the past three years, UPKGUDS students were being awarded degrees in the name of the CSJMMU.

The UPKGUDS was mentioned in the degree as the exam conducting authority.

“The governing body of the DCI has approved our degree, but we are yet to receive an official communication. When the approval comes, the UPKGUDS will replace the CSJMMU in the degree,” said dental university vice-chancellor Prof CP Govila.

The dental university was part of the CSJMMU. In 2003, the CSJMMU was renamed the King George’s Medical University. The dental wing was upgraded to a university. But, approval for the UPKGUDS degree was pending with the DCI.

The approval will now help the varsity grant affiliation to all dental colleges.

Moreover, the UPKGUDS is planning to sign an MoU with the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan (Nepal) for exchange of academic expertise.

Prof Govila, who returned from Nepal, said, “Preliminary talks were held with the Koirala institute authorities. We will finalise the modalities after looking into what is available.”