The government’s indifferent attitude has left it underdeveloped
The five-year-old Government Dental College on the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Science (VIMS) campus here faces the threat of derecognition. The State government’s indifferent attitude towards the dental college and its failure to release the required funds have left the college underdeveloped.
The college still does not have the required infrastructure even though it was established five years ago. A team from the Dental Council of India (DCI) is expected to inspect the college this month.
The college started functioning in a newly constructed choultry on the VIMS campus in 2008. The government promised to release Rs. 15 crore for the construction of a new building, and Rs. 5 crore to procure equipment. Accordingly the construction of a new building began, while the funds were released gradually. So far only 70 per cent of the construction has been completed, and the college still does not have the funds it needs.
At present, two batches are doing their housemanship, while 250 students are studying in the college. However, it does not have proper equipment to treat patients or train students. As against the prescribed 100 dental chairs, the college has only 30.
Another problem the college faces is the shortage of senior teaching staff. Only two of the six sanctioned professorial posts have been filled, and as many as seven of the 11 posts of reader are still vacant. Though the posts of tutor have been filled, doctors must make do with only three attendants, two lab technicians and no clerks.
It is surprising that the government has so far not made a separate budgetary provision for the college, which sees between 100 and 150 outpatients every day. Without the necessary equipment to treat them, the doctors have to face their patients’ ire. “The doctors here are in a dilemma. As this is a government college, we cannot ask patients, most of whom are poor, to get the materials,” a source in the college told The Hindu .
The college is fully dependent on VIMS, and must look to the institute to provide its employees with their salaries, the equipment for surgeries, and so on. The State has only shown a lukewarm response to the college’s appeals, the source added.
Lakshmi Narayan Reddy, director of VIMS and the dental college, told The Hindu that he had written to the State government, explaining the situation, with a request to release adequate funds for the completion of the building.
He had also requested that a budgetary provision be made exclusively for the college.
Only 70 per cent of the construction has been completed Government has yet to make a separate budgetary provision for the college
Only 70 per cent of the construction has
Government has yet to make a separate budgetary provision for the college