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GDC Srinagar set to accommodate more for PG courses

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12 member expert panel to submit inspection report

Srinagar: With Dental Council of India (DCI) completing its two day inspection of Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar, the college is all set to have an increased capacity for different PG courses that are offered at the college, the move which will pave way for more BDS doctors to go for Post Graduation well within the State.

Officials said that the two-day inspection went well and that the administration was hopeful that the DCI will give a nod to the increase in seats for the PG courses at the college as was proposed to them.

The six specialities for which the college has sought an increase in the seats include Conservative and Endodontic, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Prosthodontics, Oral Medicine and Radiology, Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery- with the current capacity of two each.

“Currently there are two seats available for each of the speciality and we have gone for three in the each. We have to wait and watch and see what happens, now that the DCI is done with its inspection,” said Dr Reyaz Farooq, Principal GDC.

The officials said that the team of experts inspected the availability of Infrastructure, Equipments, faculty and clinical material as laid down by DCI and will submit their report to DCI in a day or two.

Notably, a team of 12 experts from Dental Council of India (DCI) was on an inspection visit to the Government Dental College and Hospital, Srinagar for an increase of Post Graduate seats in six specialities from the academic year 2019-2020.

The inspection, the Principal said, was carried out in these six departments and the team was apparently satisfied with the availability of faculty and the infrastructure “we are hopeful that we will be given an increase in order to accommodate more in these specialities,” he said.

Pertinently, the Postgraduate facility in the State is available only in Government Dental College and Hospital, Srinagar in six Departments and “increase of seats will give an opportunity to more BDS doctors to pursue their Post Graduation here,” the Principal said.

The sources however, informed that the University of Kashmir has given a nod for the affiliation of the said courses with an increase in the number of seats and that the DCI has also agreed to increase the number of slot for the mentioned six specialities, “rest will follow as per the set formalities,” sources said.

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