JAMMU, July 3: Classes for PG courses have been started in Indira Gandhi Government Dental College (IGGDC) Jammu and it is a landmark movement in the history of Dental College.
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“There has been a long pending demand for starting MD courses in IGGDC Jammu from dental students, dental fraternity and the general public as after completing their graduation. Apart from Government Dental College Srinagar, the dental graduates had no other option and most of them used to go outside J&K for pursuing post-graduation and for that they had to spend lakhs of rupees per year,” said Principal IGGDC Jammu, Dr Rakesh Gupta while addressing a press conference, here today.
Dr Gupta said as now the College has been upgraded from UG to PG and PG courses has been started with 14 seats in seven disciplines, the dental graduates from Jammu will be able to pursue post graduation courses in Jammu only and that too with only spending Rs 25000 per year.
He informed that permission from the Government of India for starting MDS courses in seven specialities was received by end of February this year and JKBOPEE allowed the NEET selected candidates in May and in the beginning of June 2020.
Accordingly, University of Jammu provided provisional affiliation for MDS courses, approval of the syllabus, the scheme of examination and statues for MDS students on urgent basis during recent lockdown period.
“Starting of MDS will go a long way in addressing dental students’ demands and providing quality dental care to the common masses and promoting research in the field of dental sciences,” Dr Gupta said and hoped that it will also help in addressing unemployment issue among dental surgeons in the UT.