Imphal, Sept. 5: The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today held the induction for the first batch of Manipur’s first dental college at the institute complex at Lamphel here today.
Thirty students from Manipur and outside the state attended the induction, which was addressed by the institute’s director, S. Sekharjit, and other senior officials of the institute.
RIMS dental college was formally opened on August 28.
The college has 50 seats, of which 15 per cent are set aside for the all-India quota.
The remaining seats will be shared by students from the northeastern states, excluding Assam, which has its own dental college.
The opening of the dental college is yet another feather in the cap of RIMS, which has been rendering public service for the past 40 years.
This is the second college of the institute after the BSc nursing college.
However, the date for commencement of classes has not been fixed, as Manipur University is yet to give the go-ahead.
“Once we get the green signal, we will begin classes,” an official of the college said.
The official said a team of Manipur University officials had inspected the infrastructure of the dental college and they were satisfied.
“The inspection team was satisfied. We are waiting for their approval. It will come very soon,” he added.
The director stressed the need for the students to study hard and attend classes.
He also spoke of the facilities and courses available at RIMS.
The BDS students shall undergo a four-year study course and a yearlong internship.
Professor Damayanti, the head of department of anatomy, warned the students that the rules and regulations were very strict and any violation would not be tolerated.
The official said the remaining students were on their way and they would be reaching the institute well before the start of classes.