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Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab
Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab
Address:Hukam Singh Road
Amritsar (District Amritsar)
Punjab, IndiaPin Code : 143001
Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab is a recognised institute / college. Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab was established on / in Estd 1952.
Principal of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab is Dr Vimal Sikri (98760-60555).
Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab is situated in Amritsar of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Amritsar comes under Amritsar Tehsil, Amritsar District.
Fax # of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab is 0183-2223235.
Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab is (are) : 2501999, 2508088.
Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab are 9815158854, 09876060555.
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Contact Details of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab are : Telephone: +91-183-2223235
Sh. Surinder Pal Singh, Accountant, APIO
Dr. Kusum Dutta, Professor, PIO
DR. G.K. GUPTA, BDS,MDS, IMPLANTLOGIST
Dr. G.K. Gupta did his BDS from Punjab Govt. Dental College Amritsar in 1983. He did his MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Punjab Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Amritsar in 1989.
CoursesBDS, MDS, Cert in Dental Hygenist
Number of seats in Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab is 40.
Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab runs course(s) in Dental stream(s).
Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital is affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot (Punjab)
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Media coverage of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar Punjab, Punjab
Amritsar Govt Dental College lacks teethIt was a pleasant surprise to find a government dental college neat and clean, reasonably well maintained and managed in sharp contrast to other crisis-ridden medical institutions in Amritsar. Free from controversies and allegations of corruption, Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital maintains a low profile and a positive image.
In fact, some actually dissuaded me from going there, saying you will not find anything interesting there. Few had any complaints. The students, teachers and the Principal all seemed to work in harmony. When a campus looks clean from the outside, it is worthwhile to visit the toilets. All were clean and in order. And it was a surprise visit.
The dental college buildings, like those of the Government Medical College and its attached hospitals, are maintained by the same PWD. Still these are spick and span, and the Principal, Dr Amarjit Singh Gill, says he keeps pressure on the sweepers. Being a smaller campus, it is easier to manage, no doubt.
I was allowed to interact with students separately. None was forthcoming with any complaints against anybody. Do you have all the facilities required for your training, I persisted. Yes. But the boys dont have a hostel on the campus as girls have, I told them. They just nodded. So many dental colleges have come up in the region of late, dont you feel there would be more dentists than we need A boy responded: But the number of patients is also rising and more and more people are becoming aware of the need for dental upkeep.
There are 40 students doing BDS and 15 are enrolled for MDS. Of the 40 BDS students 30 are from the state quota, six from the all-India quota and four are NRIs. In total, there are some 250 students.
And yet it is a government institution in Punjab, in Amritsar; how can everything be so smooth For more information on the dental college, I turned to outside doctors, including Dr Baljeet Singh Dhillon, a very articulate and vocal General Secretary of the Punjab Medical and Dental Teachers Association. An interaction with them proved useful.
In sum, what they said ran like this: No new branches or specialties have been started. There is need to focus on areas like community dentistry, dental medicine and dental pharmacology. There are no latest teaching aides like audio-visual equipment. Computers are not yet made available to students. The college has a library, but latest books and journals are not available for want of funds. There is a replication of research being done elsewhere. But field surveys and camps for children organised from time to time are really very useful.
During a round of the college, I saw some old gadgets being put to use. Dr Dhillon claimed that 50 per cent of these are not in working order. The facilities in the dental college need to be upgraded. Patient turnout was also poor, but the Principal said this was because of the festival season.
Before partition, there was only one dental college in the country that awarded BDS and MDS degrees de Montmcrency College of Dentistry at Lahore. Post-partition, the students who left Lahore were admitted to Sir CEM Dental College at Bombay, while the faculty joined the V.J. Hospital, Amritsar. Soon a need was felt to establish a dental college in this part of the country. The faculty at the V.J. Hospital, particularly Dr M.L. Watts, Dr J.C. Manchanda and Dr B.R. Vacher, managed to get the proposed college located at Amritsar. A dilapidated building on Hukam Singh Road was selected and the first batch of 12 boys and two girls joined the college on October 1, 1952. The present building of the college came up in 1963. Some of the top dentists in the country are from this college. Patients now come from all over the region, including Uttar Pradesh and J&K.
There are two major problems that the Amritsar dental college finds it hard to tackle. One, is the shortage of staff. Two posts of Professor, one of Associate Professor, seven posts of Assistant Professor and nine posts of Demonstrator are vacant.
Secondly, thanks to the introduction of user-charges, funds are no problem, but these are not released in time. The purchase process needs to be streamlined. The Principal, like his counterpart in Government Medical College, Amritsar, has financial powers of Rs 500 only.
Stressing the need for decentralisation of powers, Dr D.S. Riar, a former Principal of the dental college, has suggested the winding up of the office of Director, Research and Medical Education, which is believed to act as no more than a post office and causes unnecessary delays.
It was felt that the post of Principal should be upgraded and all middle-level staff dispensed with. During the period of Partap Singh Kairon as Chief Minister, the Principals of Medical College and Dental College used to act as advisers to the government and reported direct to the Chief Minister.
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