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Now, test for dental college

Like Ranchi’s state-run hospital Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) that failed to impress Medical Council of India inspectors recently, its fledgling dental college too has disappointed a two-member team of Dental Council of India (DCI) that came calling on Tuesday.

Dr Anant Shigli, principal of Bharatiya Vidyapith Dental College and Hospital in Maharashtra and Dr T. Murali Mohan, principal and professor of Government Dental College in Vijaywada, are on a two-day visit to the state’s first upcoming dental college and hospital on the RIMS campus to review facilities and give a green signal to start studies.

According to sources, the DCI panel was not satisfied with the arrangements. Although the basic structure is ready, the departments are doing without nameplates.

Besides, RIMS officials are yet to appoint faculty members and procure machines and instruments that are needed to start the dental course.

Set up at a cost of Rs 120 crore, the college has proposed 100 seats. But, the final nod will be given by DCI.

Professor and head of the dentistry department at RIMS Dr V.K. Prajapati said it was the DCI’s maiden visit. “It’s too early to reveal either the report or the team members’ feedback,” he added.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto, however, is optimistic that the cradle would earn the DCI’s nod.

“The DCI team will complete their inspection tomorrow (Wednesday). We are hopeful that they will soon give the green signal and the state will get its first government dental college.”

Not only director Mahto, students are also hopeful.

Final-year MBBS student of RIMS Vidyacharan pointed out that due to the absence of a government dental college in the state, patients coming from humble economic backgrounds often suffer.

“Nowadays, dental treatment has become quite expensive. If the college gets the DCI go-ahead, the state will soon be able to offer low-cost treatment,” he added.