Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New dental colleges to come up at 11 campuses across Maharashtra

Three-and-a-half decades after the last government dental college and hospital was established, the Maharashtra government is planning to start such institutions in state-run medical colleges.

Senior officials from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) said they were considering new government dental colleges at the premises of 11 medical colleges in Pune, Dhule, Ambejogai (Beed), Latur, Nanded, Yavatmal, Akola, Chandrapur, Gondia, Miraj and Kolhapur.

A dental college has also been proposed at the Greenfield medical hub at Jalgaon, which will offer courses in medicine, dentistry, ayurveda, homeopathy, nursing and paramedics. With each dental college likely to have 100 seats, these facilities may have an intake of 1,200 seats for the Bachelors in Dentistry (BDS) course.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PG medical courses will have no quota this year in Haryana

Medical colleges in Haryana, as per the state government rules, will have no reservation for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and backwards classes in admission to the postgraduate courses (MD/MS/PG Diploma and MDS) this year.

A proposal in November 2016 by Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER) suggesting reservation of seats for admission to the PG courses for the 2017-18 session, has been turned down by the state government of Haryana. Since there is not much time left for the new academic session, the government has decided that the issue must be examined in details before putting up orders the next academic year.

The decision was taken at a meeting held recently at the CM’s residence, which was attended, among others, by AG Baldev Raj Mahajan and Additional Chief Secretary (DMER) Dhanpat Singh.

Sources said the government had taken this decision on the opinion given by Advocate-General Baldev Raj Mahajan, who stated that since there were limited seats in the PG courses and no reservation had been provided in the state since 1971, the issues involved required a detailed examination.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CBI books Dental Council head Dibyendu Mazumdar for allegedly using corrupt means to retain the post

The Central Bureau of Investigation has booked Dental Council of India (DCI) president Dibyendu Mazumdar, along with the chairman of a dental college, a former vice-chancellor of a university and others, for allegedly using corrupt means to retain the post for the second term.

Those named in the FIR are Dr. Mazumdar, Vananchal Dental College and Hospital (Garhwa, Jharkhand) chairman Dinesh Prasad Singh, former vice-chancellor of Nilamber Pitamber University (Palamu) Firoz Ahmad, former DCI officiating secretary S.K. Ojha and other unknown persons.

“It was alleged that Dr. Mazumdar, whose term as the DCI president was to end once his membership with the Council expired on May 31, 2015, regained the membership from the Nilamber Pitamber University by claiming to be the honorary visiting professor of Vananchal Dental College and Hospital,” said a CBI official.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Dental Colleges to use Biometric Attendance for PG Students

Skipping classes is going to be harder for postgraduate dental students across the country. The Dental Council of India (DCI) will now monitor attendance centrally through the biometric system at all dental colleges. Additionally, there will also be teams that would inspect the Aadhaar card and address proof given by students.

The medical fraternity is clearly taking policing seriously now. Recently, medical colleges were asked to have live streaming on campus as well as CCTV cameras.

The call for such a move came after colleges witnessed increased absenteeism. Compared with undergraduate students, PG students were reportedly more careless with attendance and there were even cases of PG students working at clinics when they should have been in class.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Katrina Kaif to undergo dental surgery

Katrina Kaif has been in great pain all of last week. She has been walking around with a swollen face because of an infected wisdom tooth. The actress has been pumped with antibiotics. But being Ms Perfect, Katrina has attended three events that she was committed to, delaying her appointment to the dentist. Now the tooth has become severely infected and she has to undergo surgery.

Says a source close to Katrina, “Her wisdom tooth has been acting up. She neglected it and attended two events — a party thrown in honour of photographer Mario Testino in Delhi and Anurag Basu’s Saraswati puja after her return. On Thursday, she went to Breach Candy hospital to have the surgery but was sent back as the tooth had become too infected. Now the doctors have told her she can only have it done next week once the infection settles. On Friday, she attended another event (of a financial institution), She is on antibiotics and is feeling sick because of them, but she didn’t want to cancel her appointments. She wants to complete her work commitments as she can rest later. Today, she may go to the hospital to have the surgery done.”

Director of AVCO Dental Delhi arrested by CBI for illegal sale of dental products for armed forces

When the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week busted an alleged criminal conspiracy involving the sale of dental products meant for armed forces to a private company, agency sleuths had stumbled upon hundreds of false teeth also known as dentures.

While the CBI probe was specifically probing the sale of 90 kits of Glas Ionomer Cement (GIC) to one Seth, the dentures pointed out to larger conspiracy involving at least one official working at the Armed Forces Medical Store Depot (AFMSD) and businesses which might be based out of India.

The probe agency, according to official sources, might now be sitting on a larger conspiracy involving illegal export, of dental products.

Skeletons started tumbling out after CBI received information that Hawaldar P Sridhar, who was working as the store in charge at Armed Forces Medical Store Depot (AFMSD) in Delhi Cantonment was allegedly involved in the sales of dental products.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Indian-origin dentist to pay $250,000 in fraud case in New York

New York An Indian-origin dentist is to pay $250,000 to settle a fraud case involving treatment of children enrolled in a government insurance for the poor, according to a federal prosecutor in Texas.

Akhil Reddy agreed to pay the amount to resolve the governments’ claims in the case involving a dental practices in Texas that he party owned, John Parker the Northern Texas federal prosecutor announced on Monday.

A total of $8.45 million was recovered by the government from him, four other dentists and a manager of the practice, the prosecutor said.

Between 2009 and 2014, their dental practices submitted false claims to Texas Medicaid for single-surface fillings in children that were not done and allegedly kickbacks were paid to the patients, their families and marketers, according to the prosecution.


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