On Wednesday, the directorate of medical education or DME revealed that the dental college admissions for 2022 have come to a close and there were 28% vacancies in the self-financing colleges in TN. In the online counselling or walkins, atleast 547 BDS seats could not be filled up until 14th January 2023.
The counselling for dental college admissions started along with the medical college admissions in 2022 and this was mentioned by the state selection committee. Information is that all the seats available in 2 government based dental colleges have been filled up but out of 1950 seats in the self financing colleges 402 govt quota seats and 366 management quota seats were vacant at the end of stray vacancy round.
The NEET cut-of for some reserved categories reached 93. To make sure that all seats are filled up, many colleges converted NRI seats into management quota seats and reduced the fees also. It is noteworthy that all the 768 vacant seats were returned to the colleges for admission through institution counselling based on merit obtained in the NEET ranking list.
From the list of 12160 candidates 140 students have been admitted under the govt quota from the list of 7363 candidates 81 students have been admitted. This was reported by the colleges. Point is that on 14th of January 2023 deadline, 262 govt quota seats and 285 management quota seats were still vacant.
Dr. Muthuselvan, selection panel secretary spoke about how the vacancies have become more in 2022 when compared to 2021. He pointed out the fact that there were more seats in 2022 than in the year 2021. Inadequate jobs plus lack of awareness about oral health are the factors being cited as the reasons for poor admission in the dental colleges now in the state.
It was brought to light by a senior dentist Dr. SM. Balaji that just a small fraction of the population takes oral health seriously and not the rest. He hinted that India needs more dentists to serve the people in the rural regions. He concluded that it was necessary to improve the quality of dental education.