Vinayak Foundation to run Penang dental college

The Penang International Dental College, in the northern state of Penang, will be run by Vinayaka Mission?s Research Foundation.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 11:03 IST

The Penang International Dental College, in the northern state of Penang, will be run by Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation. The foundation operates 21 medical, engineering, nursing and other colleges in India, the college’s chief executive, Dr S Sharavanan, said on Tuesday.

The students will undergo two years of preclinical education in Tamil Nadu, because the building in Penang has yet to be constructed. They will return to Penang in 2008, by which time the 55 million ringgit ($14.7 million) college and hospital will be ready, said Sharavanan.

“This is where the practical, hands-on training will be provided, where students will be permitted to treat patients under supervision of teachers,” he said. The facility equipped with 250 chairs for dentists will be the biggest dental college hospital in the country, and its teaching staff will mostly be from India.

The bachelor of dental surgery degree awarded by the college will be recognised by the Malaysian and Indian dental councils. The college also hopes to enroll students from the Middle East.

According to the WHO, an ideal dentist to population ratio is 1:4,000, but in Malaysia the ratio is 1:10,500. “The demand is huge. The market is ripe,” the radiologist said. He said the first batch of 50 students will be admitted in March.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 11:03 IST