Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, is waiting for a final word from the Dental Council of India regarding disaffiliation of five masters courses of dental surgery.
The Union health ministry signalled towards disaffiliation of five courses at the dental institute.
According to sources in the university, an inspection was conducted by a team of the Dental Council of India (DCI) to look into the request to extend the number of seats being offered at the dental institute. For the next academic year, the dental institute had sought a new specialised course of masters of dental surgery with three more seats.
The report submitted by the DCI has now highlighted that owing to the absence of a regular principal at the institute, it has been suggested that five specialised masters of dental surgery (MDS) courses be discontinued at the institute from the next academic session.
“There has been some confusion over the post of the institute’s principal. We have recently adopted a three-year rotation policy at the institute after it was approved by the university Syndicate. So, we have assured the Union ministry that before the commencement of the new session, appointment of a new regular principal will be done and the confusion pointed out by the DCI will also be sorted,”an official from Panjab University told the Chandigarh Newsline.
At present, Ashish Jain, who is a regular professor, is serving as the director/principal at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital.
The issue has been taken up by PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover and registrar Col G S Chadha (Retd), who met with the officials of the Union Ministry of Health in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“As such, there is no issue. But, some confusion has come up related to the three-year rotation policy of the institute, which is likely to be clarified by the ministry,” a PU spokesperson said.
Earlier in March, an executive committee of the Medical Council of India (MCI) that had visited the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, had also recommended the Centre not to renew the permission for admission of the 4th batch of MBBS students against the increased intake from 50 to 100.
The matter was then taken up by health secretary Anurag Aggarwal, who had stated that a final decision was awaited, and GMCH-32 was looking into ensuring that the student intake be retained.