CUTTACK: The Dental Council of India (DCI) has struck off five post graduate seats from three faculties of the Dental wing of SCB Medical College and Hospital due to lack of infrastructure. The Dental Council has also directed the State Government not to admit students to the PG seats.
The faculties which faced the DCI axe are Community Dentistry (one seat), Oral Medicine (two seats) and Periodontics (two seats).
A total of 50 seats are available in Bachelor of Dental Surgeon (BDS) course in SCB’s Dental wing. This apart, there were 21 post graduation seats available in eight faculties of Oral Surgery, Pedodontics, Oral Pathology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Oral Medicine and Public Health Dentistry.
Meanwhile, the DCI move has created wide-spread resentment among students of the Dental wing. The students alleged that the lackadaisical attitude of authorities led to the slashing of the seats.
Sources said a team of DCI had inspected the infrastructure of PG courses in the Dental department last year and submitted a report to the council stating that the wing lacked facilities.
On the basis of the report, the DCI had directed to slash PG seats from the three faculties. However, the council postponed its decision after the State Government gave assurance to develop the infrastructure.
Sources said the State Government had sanctioned `5 crore for the purpose. However, nothing could materialise due to lackadaisical attitude of the medical authorities. A DCI team again this year visited the Dental wing and expressed dissatisfaction over the infrastructure deficit following which the council decided to slash the PG seats.