July 1, 2009 6:55:21 am
Jamia Millia Islamia will soon be the first central university to have an undergraduate dental college in Delhi. The newly-opened four-storied,state-of-the-art Faculty of Dentistry at the southern tip of the universitys cricket ground will soon house fifty students of dental surgery. Plans are on to offer postgraduate courses as well.
Designed by architect Romi Khosla at the cost of Rs 45 crore,faculty member Dr Sabina Sachdeva says the biggest advantage for students is that the colleges facilities are not being shared with other medical students.
It is not a part of a medical college,so we have everything to ourselves. Also,as our intake is 50 students per batch,we have 50 phantom models (for practice) in our labs so that students dont have to wait for their turn, she says. The college has 29 freshly appointed faculty members,apart from the requisite number of paramedical,technical and sanitary staff as stipulated by the Dental Council of India. It is also the only government owned dental college that boasts of interactive boards in its lecture theatres.
College Dean Dr Ragini says: We have already started an outpatient department (OPD) and our faculty members are treating 150 to 200 patients every day.
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After receiving a Letter of Intent from the Ministry of Health and Welfare,the university will soon be inviting applications for its new session,expected to start from August 1.
The basis requirement is 50 per cent qualifying marks in the Biology stream (not including English). In keeping with Jamias rules regarding admissions,candidates will go through a written test,followed by an interview.
Jamia is moving ahead in the direction of health sciences, says Rakhshanda Jalil,Director,Media and Culture.
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