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Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Address:No. 162, Poonamalle High Road
Chennai (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600077
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided.
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1988-2000.
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai Tamil Nadu is situated in Chennai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai District.
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Br - I ORAL and MAXILLO FACIAL SURGERY
Br - II PERIODONTICS
Br- III CONSERVATIVE DENTISTRY
Br -IV ORAL PATHOLOGY
Br- V ORTHODONTICS
Br - VI PROSTHODONTICS
Br - VII ORAL MEDICINE and RADIOLOGY
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Dental Science, Science stream(s).
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals is affiliated with Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Profile of Saveetha Dental College and HospitalsThe College of Dentistry has been one of the pioneer dental institutes of South India. The institute has been ranked as the `Best Self-financing Dental College` by the High Level Committee of Tamil Nadu. The college enjoys a tremendous reputation for setting standards for dental education in India. Many commendable researchers have appreciated the growth of the college in a short span of 18 years. The college enjoys collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, University, College of Los Angeles, Non Ferrous Technology Development Centre etc. Courses offered include, Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS, Master of Dental Surgery MDS, Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D (in the respective dental education) and MSc in Biomaterials and Oral Biology.Enter the awe-inspiring institute that has remarkable achievements and set standards for Dental education in the country. The college of Dental Surgery at Saveetha University offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Doctorate and Science courses.
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NAAC report of Saveetha Dental College and HospitalsSection 1: Preamble
Saveetha Dental College & Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the NAAC and made the preliminary self-study report and submitted the same to NAAC. A peer team was constituted by NAAC to validate the report. The Peer team consisted of Prof. S. Chandrashekar Shetty, Former Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka as Chairperson, Dr. C. Bhasker Rao, Vice-President, Dental Council India and Principal, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka and Dr. Tapan Kumar Saha, Former Member, Dental Council of India and Former Principal, R. Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata, and presently Director & Principal, Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal as Members. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC coordinated the peer team visit on the site. The team visited the college during July 8th, 9th & 10th 2004.
Saveetha Medical and Educational Trust, Erode started the The Saveetha Dental College & Hospital in the year 1988 and is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai. The institute is located on national highway No. 4 within the bounce of Chennai Metropolis. Initially the institute started with 5000 sq.ft. infrastructure and currently developed to 2.5 lakhs sq.ft. in a phased manner. The objective of the institute is to provide dental degree programme covering all aspects of attaining high standard of education. The college is a self-financing private institution. Situated in a semi-urban area of 15 acres of land, the trust manages 5 other professional institutions in Chennai and Erode, four of which are located in a same campus.
The Dental Council of India recognized the BDS and MDS courses offered by the college. There are a total of 711 students on the campus apart from nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy students (BDS-569; MDS-135; Certificate Courses-7 and no student has registered for Ph.D. as yet, though the institution has approval for the same). There are no foreign students in the campus. The Peer team carefully analyzed the self-study report including the extended information received two days before scheduled visit, and visited the college to assess the institution. The peer team visited the facilities available in the departments, interacted with the varied sections of the college including the alumni, parents, management, faculty, students and other stakeholders. The peer team reviewed the relevant details & documents; and after thorough interaction made the following observations.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college offers 13 courses viz., BDS, 7 Post Graduate Courses, Ph.D. in 3 disciplines and 2 Certificate Courses - Dental Mechanics and Dental Hygienist. The 7 PG programmes are viz. Oral Medicine & Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Conservative and Endodontics, Oral Pathology, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics. The objectives stated are to promote academic excellence, self-discipline for total personality development. To convert a novice into a competent dental surgeon with excellent theoretical knowledge unsurpassed clinical skills, research and social service.
The programmes are designed to meet a component of the objective viz., to produce a learned dental surgeon including the advanced learners. The curriculum provides innovation such as field exposure through dental camps, school dental education, satellite clinic and linkage with industries around. It also provides CDE Programmes and clinical society meetings. Using the flexibility in implementation, the Institute has initiated International linkage with Royal College of Glasgow and is center for conducting MFDS part A&B examinations. The curriculum redesign outcomes are comprehensive oral health care, general dentistry, implantology department and MFDS Course. The curriculum framed by Dental Council of India for both UG and PG is implemented through the University to which it is affiliated. Institution doesn t have freedom for curriculum redesign yet has total freedom to implement the same with innovative perception. The curriculum aspects of PG Training needs appropriate redesign in implementation to meet individual, regional and global needs. Oral cancer surveying programme implemented is unique in this direction. Similar initiation be provided appropriate to other six disciplines. The curriculum design however needs to incorporate rigorous measures for total personality development. Feed back from alumni for competencies gained be used as a input in curriculum redesign, though academic committee reviews periodically, the review system needs to incorporate methods to identify deficiencies of curriculum and tools to measure the appropriateness of curriculum with respect to mission and vision.
Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The college mission of education includes the value of converting novice into competent dental surgeon. Adequate effort is made by the college in few of the components of the educational system. In order to develop students skill level, adequate hands on experience is being given. The students are assessed through bi-weekly written tests and viva voce, laboratory performance and chair side clinical work. However the mission of total personality development apart from competent dental surgeon needs more focus.
The number of teaching and working days of the college is 6 days a week. The teaching facilities like air conditioned class rooms with audio-visual equipments like over head projector, slide projectors and LCDs are also made available. Full time faculties with requisite qualification as per the regulatory norms conduct classes; supervise hands-on-experience and such similar learning methods. The institution needs to address innovative teaching-learning methods and resources.
On an average 275 patients per day attend the hospital that provides reasonable teaching material for the learners. The college is said to be following the University and State Government norms for admissions to UG & PG from time to time. The Institution follows curriculum prescribed by Dental Council of India and implemented through Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University. The syllabus does not have flexibility. However implementation of curriculum needs to cater to the individual differences among the learners. To meet this objective the process of mid diagnostic survey and under performers remedial drill may be initiated in the Institution. A mechanism to monitor continuous improvements in academic performance of individuals need to be initiated.
The proctorial system that is being practiced meets the above objective to a meager extent, without objective quantification of individual deficiencies. Academic committee headed by Dean does annual Teaching plan. Teaching plans, didactic lectures, mannequin s, chair side teaching and use of overhead projectors, LCD s and community exposure is used for teaching. Most of the departments have computers, yet in-house development of computer aided learning packages are yet to be initiated. Most of the members of the faculty need training for working knowledge of computers, to apply effectively in teaching learning process.
The present system of recruitment of faculty is through advertisement and through adhoc basis. The appointed staff is placed on probationary period for 1 year, then services are confirmed. The College has appointed 109 faculties of which 77 possess requisite PG qualification. The PG students are encouraged to expand their horizons by presenting papers and participating in clinical society meetings and conferences. To evaluate teaching, institution follows student s opinion poll once in a year. Research committee does research evaluation, but there is no existence of ethics committee. The educational system needs to incorporate a mechanism of self-appraisal by staff and assessment of organisational climate to frame strategic planning, to improve work satisfaction. A mechanism to assess academic progress and professional development of faculties through analysis of student s feedback and self-performance appraisal may be done.
Some of the members of the faculty have attended conferences and published papers. However the academic and infrastructure strengths need to be optimally used to enhance expected research outcomes. The Department of Implantology provides multi disciplinary interaction with the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontia and Prosthodontics and meets advanced learning requirements. The institution has schedule of academic activities planned for the year.
Students are informed in the beginning of the year, the methods of evaluation. An Induction course to the students of all programmes at the beginning of the year that clarifies expectations of the learner needs to be incorporated. The department of prosthodontics needs to provide advanced learning resources to keep pace with the developments like Titanium casting equipment, Titanium porcelain, Pindex system, Die cutting equipments and such similar facilities.
The examination system is by evaluating students knowledge in theory, and oral and clinical / practical held at the end of every academic year for BDS up to 4 years. One year compulsory rotatory internship after completion of four years. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd year of BDS has examination of three subjects per year in theory, and practical and viva-voce. During the final year, there are eight subjects in theory, and practical and viva-voce for each subject. Ten per cent internal assessment for each subject is mandatory for all examinations.
The Dean maintains the confidential feedback for all teaching staff. An appropriate mechanism to establish the deficiency between the expected learning outcomes of the programme and achieved learning outcomes needs to be provided to initiate relevant modifications in the teaching learning process or at the curriculum redesign.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Institution promotes research culture through a research committee headed by Dean. In all, 5 conferences are conducted in 5 years, 3 in Conservative and 2 in Oral Surgery and active research is noticed in this departments through projects completed and publications. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has 16 papers to its
credit in 5 years and has completed 14 projects and 7 projects are underway. Department of Conservative and Endodontics has completed 46 projects and 8 projects are in the pipeline. Other departments are yet to involve in active research projects. Departments of Prosthodontics and Pedodontics have published 6 and 3 papers respectively. All the departments are yet to generate funds through research.
The Post Graduate faculty strength, the infrastructure and adequate research material through patients need to be optimized to inculcate active research homogenously in all departments. A vigorous well scrutinized publication programme need to be inducted by the committee. Similarly Institution need to promote faculty participation in consultancy services.
As a part of the curriculum, the Institution has executed extension programmes that meets community oral health care needs through satellite clinic, dental camps, dental awareness camps, oral cancer screening programmes, school health checkup programmes and has maintained linkages with neighboring industries through G.O. s and N.G.O s. Full time faculty member monitors the extension services, which range from dental health camps, school dental health programmes, satellite dental clinic, health exhibitions and demonstrations. Institution has participated in state governments dental health screening programme by conducing around 100 dental camps and covered a lakh of population. The college doesnot posses a mobile dental clinic, which could have facilitated the Community Oral Health Programmes effectively. The Management is procuring it very shortly.
Many departments are well equipped to meet research needs in their specialty. Journal clubs, seminars, symposiums etc., also promote the research culture. The research activities are executed through a research committee, and teachers may be provided financial support for projects. The teachers may be encouraged through incentives to attend national and international conferences. A couple of teachers have traveled abroad either to present papers or on fellowships/training.
Department of Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry and Oral Surgery have conducted few faculty development programme pertaining to their specialty. Only 18% of the staff is benefited from such courses.
In summary, the institution has made reasonable efforts to initiate the research culture amongst learners and extension activities appropriate to the programme. However, institution needs to utilize, man power expertise and optimize infrastructure capacity for consultancy services research and publication.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The institution has a campus extending to 15 acres. The total built up area is 2,50,000 sq. ft. Most departments have computer facilities. The campus has separate boys and girls hostels with mess that caters both veg. and non-veg food. Accommodation and food arrangements are not satisfactory, however, a new hostel building with 148 capacity is nearing completion. The auditorium with 140 capacity fitted with 2 way communication, camera, LCD is for academic interactions. The infrastructure facilities are shared with other colleges viz., Nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy that put more pressure on human element and infrastructure leading to under performance in quality. The laboratories, pre-clinical laboratories, operative dentistry, basic sciences provide appropriate infrastructure relevant to programme. Though all the departments are provided the computers, the in-house generation of computer aided learning packages is yet to be established.
The Institution has central library with around 5000 books covering 1206 titles and 63 journals both national and international. Library has Internet center with necessary accessories, 1 Photocopying machine subject C.D s to cater to under graduates and advance learner. Book bank and inter library exchange facility need to be initiated. Library committee headed by Dean implements the Library facilities. To meet the objective of global standard education campus networking, internet facilities to all departments and teleconferencing, online simulated experiments and 3 D animated experiments be provided. However, it is suggested to improve the facilities in boys and girls common room, providing guest house facilities to the parents, sports facilities like indoor and outdoor games.
The Institution needs to initiate a comprehensive plan of action to improve the infrastructure keeping pace with the academic growth. For effective maintenance and optimal use of infrastructure a feedback mechanism from all the users including learners and faculties be initiated and from such outcome tuning of the infrastructure be strategically planned.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The Institution has adequate student support services that include physical constituents as mentioned in infrastructure and learning resources. Prospectus is published periodically. An academic year book provides calendar of events, syllabus, list of committees, and similar such details. All teachers through proctorial system do academic counseling generally.
The team suggests nomination of educational psychologist / behavioral science personnel as a member to academic counselling committee. To address the various grievances of all the staff, students and other stake holders it is advised to constitute grievance redressal cell with clear objectives and mechanisms. The college does not offer any scholarships to students, but eligible beneficiaries applications are forwarded to Govt. to procure scholarships. The college has limited co-curricular, cultural and sports activities.
The overall result of this college for BDS and MDS is more than satisfactory. Students profile need to be maintained online incorporating academic, curricular, co-curricular, extra curricular, sports activity reports with internal assessment marks, final marks and progression to higher education details. The profile should include report on outcome of mid diagnostic survey and the remedial drill to be initiated.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
Saveetha Medical and Educational Trust, Erode started the The Saveetha Dental College & Hospital in the year 1988 is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai. The president of the trust who is the head of the governing council manages and advises on institutional affairs. The importance of organisation chart need to be perceived appropriately and made known to all stakeholders. Teamwork and participative involvement is not visible through committees constituted. Dean heads all the committees thus limiting decentralization and autonomy in administration. A Mechanism with employee empowerment with necessary accountability could be instituted.
An academic committee reviews and plans academic activities. Departments have autonomy in planning academic activities and are accountable for academic output with meager financial and administrative autonomy. Welfare schemes for both teaching and non-teaching staff such as UGC Scale, PF, GPF, NPA, Conveyance, quarters, free health care facilities, children s education, transport facilities, HRA, DA arrears and such similar facilities may be provided.
The Institution has Governing Council that reviews institutional activities of different constituents of the education system. The process of budgeting require standardization as per the strategic plan generated. Meticulous planning and utilization of budget as per strategic planning considering the change in external educational environment and policies need to be incorporated.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The institution has perceived and is concerned for improving quality in educational system, which is visible in volunteering for accreditation, most appropriate to changing global educational scenario.
The college has been conducting rural oral health check up camps.
The college has been participating in the chief minister s cancer detection camps.
The establishment of satellite dental clinic.
The college has been maintaining linkages with GO s, NGO s and industries for treatment needs.
The college has an international linkage with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glassgow by conducting MFDS Part A & B examinations.
The college has also been recognized by the Ministry of Health, Government of Malaysia.
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery treats the patient free of cost.
The college has introduced comprehensive oral health clinic in order to prepare the graduates for general dental practice which is commendable.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The authority of the college seems to be genuinely interested in translating its goal through their progressive activities, during the course of 16 years. The management is having good intention to develop the dental education in this region, which is reflected by its growth. The overall academic atmosphere of the college seems to be good. The institution has good infrastructure, qualified and experienced faculty and good clinical material. The student teacher relationship in the college is healthy.
The Department of Conservative and Endodontics with good faculty strength, infrastructure is involved in carrying out several research projects, publications and faculty development activities. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has got good infrastructure and human resources and serving the poor and needy particularly oral cancer patients free of cost and its performance is highly satisfactory.
Addition of few essential equipment will enhance the quality and performance of the Departments of Prosthodontics and Oral Pathology. The college may recruit more medical teachers particularly in the Departments of Pharmacology and Anatomy. The General Pathology and Anatomy museums are reasonably good. The peer team recommends additional facilities for indoor games, tennis, badminton, basket ball courts, etc. Decentralization of administrative machinery will augment effective functioning of the institution. Welfare schemes for students faculty and other stakeholders will enhance the healthy environment. To achieve the objective of total personality development, sports and cultural activities to be encouraged.
Prof. S. Chandrashekar Shetty (Chairman)
Dr. C. Bhasker Rao (Member)
Dr. Tapan Kumar Saha (Member)
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