For many people, dentistry is next to medical. But that is far from being true. Dental science in itself is a wholesome and complete course that serves its purpose to mankind. The immense potential that this field of study carries within itself is something that is praiseworthy.
That is precisely why every year there is a dearth of tens of thousands of people in this profession. To make up for the same, a number of dental colleges and other institutions are being set-up across the country.
However, not all such colleges are up to the mark when it comes to imparting quality dental education. That is why it is very difficult to make a choice about which dental college you (or someone close to you, for that matter) should enroll in. To do away with this problem, here is a list of the top 10 dental colleges of the country.
Due to the magnanimous volume in terms of the number of upcoming colleges, there is a lot of competition amongst the colleges to make it to this list. This makes the list very dynamic in nature. Hence, it is important to note that the list has been made in the context of 2018 and is subject to change in the coming years.
1. Maulana Azad Institute Of Dental Sciences, New Delhi
What began as a small department of dentistry under the Maulana Azad Medical College is today the top dental college of the country. Way back in the 1960s only a handful of senior dental servants served in this institute. Today it has a huge amalgamation of the best dental experts of the country committed to providing quality education to the next generation.
All through this long and beautiful journey, one thing that has remained constant is the fact that the institute has not faltered from its promise of providing quality dental care to every patient who visits the hospital.
2. Manipal Institute Of Dental Sciences, Mangalore
This institute has one of the best dental infrastructures in the country with over 1000 specimens in the anatomy museum. This is one of its many features that attracts students from over 50 different nations to pursue their dental education here. Although this is a private institute, it offers 100% scholarships to EWS students.
3. Government Dental College And Hospital, Mumbai.
This college has a very modest fee structure with the entire four-year course being completed in under Rs 2.5 lakhs. With a mere student capacity of 100 students per course, this college has ensured that it does not compromise on quality of education. Over the years this college has ensured that it is amongst the best in the Mumbai region.
4. Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai
Another dental college in the Mumbai region, this institute ensures that all of its students become competent dental surgeons. This is done via the design of a comprehensive course that ensures that academic lectures, projects, workshops and hands-on training happen in a well-balanced manner. The cost of living here (tuition fees and everything else included) is a mere Rs 6500.
5. Government Dental College And Research Institute, Bengaluru
Located in the K. R. Market area, this college has been in existence for quite some time now. In fact, this was the first dental college of Karnataka. Despite this, the institute has been able to stand tall to its values and adopt to the changing times so that it remains in the top 10 dental colleges of the country even today.
6. Faculty Of Dental Sciences, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
Although just a mere department in a medical college, this is in itself nothing less than a hospital. It has nine departments and experts from each train the students so that they are able to prove their caliber as exceptional dental professionals. The prosthodontics department of the college is particularly well reputed at a global level.
7. Christian Dental College, Ludhiana
Established in 1992, this college has been stealthily growing ever since. In 1999, this college became the first private dental college in the state of Punjab to offer postgraduate courses in dentistry.
Today the institute has grown from pillar to post and has over 40 admissions in the undergraduate level while that at the postgraduate level stands at 20. The institute has been able to adhere its initial commitment of providing dental professionals of high modesty and personal ethics.
8. S. D. M. College of Dental Science And Hospital, Hubli
Another institute located in the northern part of Karnataka, this college trains its students for all-round development. The campus placement scene in this college is commendable, to say the least. The food and accommodation is also pretty decent (as per normal hostel standards).
The fee for the entire course stands at approximately Rs 16 lakh. Although the fee structure is a little on the higher side, it is safe to say that the investment is worth the money considering the quality of teaching that is imparted here.
9. Government Dental College, Rohtak
What sets this college apart from that of all others is the fact that it has an exceptionally low fee structure. The fee structure of the college does not, in any way, prompt the quality of infrastructure of this college.
Its infrastructure is amongst the best and the wide array of experience of each of its dedicated faculty members is something other colleges look up to. This is one college that has consistently remained in the list of top 10 dental colleges of the country.
10. Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata
The only college from the eastern part of the country to make its way to this list, Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College offers 100 seats in the undergraduate level. It is a government institute and admission to the same is initiated through a highly transparent procedure that is bound by guidelines laid out by NEET. This institute offers seven disciplines for students to choose from while pursuing their master's degree in dentistry.