Mumbai: The Dental Council of India has decided not to grant permission to establish new dental colleges.
Lack of employment opportunities and surplus output of dental graduates in the health sciences sector forced Dental council of India to deny fresh proposals by various institutes to set up new colleges across the country.
The decision in this regard was taken at the general body meeting, conducted recently by the Dental Council of India.
Presently, India has 309 dental colleges, which offer graduation to 26,000 students in Dental Science stream every year.
Whereas, in the year 2010, as many as 30,570 students graduated in the course and in 1970 only 8,000 dental students graduated annually. The above mentioned statistics clearly depict the increasing number of graduates.
According to TOI, Dr Mansing Pawar, DCI member and dean of Government Dental College said, "It would be a good idea to consolidate our numbers now and strengthen the existing institutes."
"An exception could be made for states like those in the north-east that do not have any dental college," he added.
"Mushrooming of dental colleges in the past few years in India has led to unemployment among Indian dentists. Thousands of dentists are coming out every year with very low prospects of jobs," noted Namrata Dagli in her paper 'Increasing Unemployment Among Indian Dental Graduates'.
Some estimates indicate that in 2004, India had one dentist per 10,000 people in urban areas and one dentist per 2.5 lakh people in the rural areas. However, it is also noted that there will be a surplus of more than1 lakh dentists in India by 2020.
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