MADRAS DENTAL COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (MDCAA)

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The IDA Founded in 1946 highlighted the necessity for regulating the practice of dentistry and this resulted in the enactment of the Dentist act 1948.

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This proved a turning point in the history of dental education and introduced a regulated systematic practice of dentistry...

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The provisions of the act stipulated that the practice of dentistry without registration was a punishable offence ...

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The intention of eliminating quackery and to standardize educational requirements. The DCI was constructed in 1949, at the central and levels.

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HISTORY OF TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL

The year 1920 will remain as the first milestone in the progress of dental education in india when a full Fledged autonomous Dental institution was founded at Calcutta by the Late Padmabushan, Dr. Rafuddin Ahmed. The course led to the award of the diploma.

The IDA Founded in 1946 highlighted the necessity for regulating the practice of dentistry and this resulted in the enactment of the Dentist act 1948. This proved a turning point in the history of dental education and introduced a regulated systematic practice of dentistry. The provisions of the act stipulated that the practice of dentistry without registration was a punishable offence with the intention of eliminating quackery and to standardize educational requirements. The DCI was constructed in 1949, at the central and levels.

In 1935, Dr. H. Venkata Rao, started the first dental college in Madras, and was designated the В“Madras Dental College & HospitalВ” but it closed in 1942. A few years later during the early В’40s, H.M. Rao, a medical practitioner obtained the DDS qualification from the USA and started the American Dental College at Madras. The institution was well equipped and the course methodically organized. This institution was the only scientifically standardized school at that time and produced many successful knowledgeable practitioners. This college unfortunately was shut down due to the untimely demise of its principal Dr. H.M. Rao. The origin of the Dental Department in the Government Hospital dates back to 1883 when the Madras Education Department initiated a clinic in the Government hospital for the treatment of patients with dental problems and was handled by a Royal Army Dental Assistant. Several decades later a Civil surgeons post was created and a succession of qualified people were recruited through the head of the amalgamated department of Dental surgery, Madras Medical College and Dental Surgeon, Government General Hospital. They attended to the hospital duties and also taught the medical students minor dental procedures.
The Government of India in 1943 instituted a health survey headed by Sir Joseph Bhore to furnish suggestions for augmenting health services in the country. This committee recommended the improvement of dental services and starting of dental colleges to obtain the necessary qualified personnel.

The Indian Dental Association, supported by the Bhore recommendations made repeated representations to the Government of Madras for starting a dental institution in the south, at Madras. The Madras Dental Council was constituted on 2nd feb 1951 and simultaneously petitioned the Government to initiate the BDS course. The Government of Madras accepted the request and senior Professors of the dental wing were deputed abroad for higher training on various fellowships.

The Dental Wing of Madras Medical College came in to existence on 10-8-1953. Fifteen candidates were selected on the basis of representations from various linguistic parts of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh. This number of admissions was increased to meet the shortage of dental surgeons in the state later. There was progressive expansion in the staffing pattern with the creation of various specialities and the work load correspondingly increased. In the year 1954 the number of admission to BDS course was increased and from fifteen to eighteen. In 1956 it was increased to twenty and periodically increased to the present 100 seats. Due to the paucity of space and on the recommendation of the Dental Council of India, a separate building was requested.

The Govt. of Tamilnadu accepted the construction of a separate building under the second five year programme, Construction was started in the year of 1958 and completed by 1961 (The present Building). Another 3 stored building adjacent to the main building was completed in 2005. PG courses were started in the year 1966. Post Graduation Programme are now available in Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Oral & maxillofacial surgery, Conservative & Endodontics, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Oral pathology & Microbiology, Public Health Dentistry and Oral medicine & Radiology. A course on Dental hygienists and Dental technicians is also functioning.

TNGDC takes pride in creating health care professionals who are globally competitive & locally response. At the fore front is the innovative curriculum that aims in providing a competancy based patient centered education. The extensive use of clinical material enhances the value of education.