With too many dentists in the country and less job opportunities in the sector, the Dental Council of India (DCI) has decided not to grant permission to set up new dental colleges in the country.
The decision was taken at the general body meeting of the DCI following requests from several existing dental colleges which wanted the council to reject fresh proposals for new institutes. According to the dental college representatives many dentists have been rendered jobless due to less demand from the patients’ side.
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Dr Mansing Pawar, DCI member and dean of Government Dental College, Mumbai was quoted as saying to Times of India that it would be a good idea to consolidate our numbers now and strengthen the existing institutes. He added that an exception could be for approval to dental colleges in those North East states which do not have any dental college.
Media reports suggest that India has almost 3 lakh dental doctors, but there is a huge imbalance in the number of dentists working in metro cities and rural areas. According to a 2011 report - Demographic & Current Scenario with respect to Dentists, Dental Institutions & Dental Practices' - published by Indian Journal of Dental Sciences, the dentist and patient ratio in India is 1:10,000 for urban areas, whereas, it is 1:2,50,000 for rural areas.
In order to restrict the increasing number of unemployed dentists, DCI has been implementing stricter rules on the establishment of new dental colleges. In fact, in the last two years, the body has been granting permission to only those dental colleges which have attached medical institutes.
Currently, India has around 309 dental colleges, which produce over 25,000 dentists every year.
First published on May 18, 2016
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