Authorities of the Goa Dental College and Hospital said that they are unable to meet all the requirements in the Goa University affiliation inquiry committee’s report for admission to the three post graduate (PG) courses at the college for the academic year 2011-2012.
This means that if the Goa University affiliation inquiry committee (AIC) finds the facilities to be inadequate, the college may not be able to conduct the three PG courses in the next academic year owing to a lack of infrastructure, equipment and faculty requirements.
This has students of the dental college worried. They have now shot off letters to the governor, chief minister and health minister requesting them to take immediate action in the matter.
The letter, dated February 24, brings to the authorities’ notice the dissent among students over the derecognition of PG (MDS) courses in the dental college. It also states, “It is our humble request that our problem should be taken into notice at the earliest or else our career is in danger with no scope for further studies because of a lack of infrastructure and equipment in the college.”
The dean of the Goa Dental College and Hospital, Dr P K Chandra, said, “I don’t know whether we would be able to conduct the PG courses in the next academic year.”
Incidentally, the three PG courses offered in the field of periodontics, conservative dentistry, and oral medicine and radiology, were begun by the college in the year 1998.
They had been provided temporary affiliation each year on the condition that infrastructure would be upgraded according to the Dental Council of India’s guidelines.
However, sources say that the infrastructure has not been upgraded till date.
Academic in-charge of the college Anita Spadigam said, “The Goa University affiliation inquiry committee has pointed out to various deficiencies in equipment, space and faculty requirements in the college. While we are trying to meet all the deficiencies, we will not be able to do so immediately.”
Listing the measures already taken to better infrastructure for the courses, Spadigam said, “The faculty posts have been sanctioned and few appointments have been made. Tenders have been floated to purchase equipment. We have also invited expression of interests (EOI) to get major equipment for the institute. However, lack of space is a problem as the new building is yet to be constructed.
“The dean had communicated to the government that we need the new building. But while the foundation stone was laid last year, the government is yet to release funds for the project,” she added.
In its report, the Goa University’s AIC had stated that the periodontics department lacked a reader, and that the classrooms were smaller than the specifications of the Dental Council of India. It also stated that there were inadequate chairs and that no provision had been made for online reference journals.
With regard to the field of conservative dentistry, the AIC had observed that two posts of readers were vacant and that, like the periodontics department, there was lack of space. Further, there was neither a separate ceramic laboratory nor a compressor, the report stated. It also highlighted the absence of online reference journals.
The committee also observed that in the oral medicine department, faculty posts were vacant, infrastructure was not proper, and equipment, including X-ray machines, maxillary sinus implants, digital X-rays and an intra-oral camera had not been provided.
When contacted, Goa University officiating registrar P V Dessai said, “The College has to comply with requirements specified by the Goa University’s affiliation inquiry committee.
Once the college files its report, committee members will inspect the premises. If they feel that the minimum requirements to run the respective courses are met, they would recommend affiliation to the courses.”