The College

Inauguration of Govt. Dental College Kottayam by Sri.A.K.Antony, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala


(Standing from left to right are-Sri.A.Ajith Kumar Dist.Collector of Kottayam, Sri.Oomen Chandy MLA, Sri.Vakkachan Mattathil MP, Sri.P.Sankaran Hon'ble Minister for Health, Sri.Chacko Pullathil Panchayat President, Sri.A.K.Antony Hon'ble Chief Minister, Sri.K.M.Mani Hon'ble Revenue Minister, Sri.Thomas Chazhikadan MLA, Dr.B.Ekbal Hon'ble Vice Chancellor University of Kerala, Sri. K. Ramamoorthy Health Secretary, Dr.K.George Varghese Special Officer Dental College Kottayam, Dr.P.Chandramohan Principal Medical College Kottayam)

Intro GDC Kottayam

This third Dental College under government sector in the state was formally inaugurated by Sri.A.K.Antony, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala on 1-10-2002. Sri.P.Shankaran Hon'ble Minister for H&FW presided over the function.

Sri.K.M. Mani Hon'ble Minister for Revenue & Law inaugurated the Dental Specialty Service of the College.

The foundation stone for the new building was laid by Sri.P.Shankaran Hon'ble Minister for H & FW on 28/04/2003. The function was presided over by Sri.Thomas Chazhikadan MLA.

Admission for the first batch of BDS Students (40) were conducted on 9-9-2002

 “Quest for Excellence in Education and Service to Humanity”

1. To establish Government Dental College as a centre of academic excellence through appropriate and innovative program of teaching, quality research and service extension with community orientation in a student- friendly learning environment
2. To acquire and create advanced knowledge and skills in the respective disciplines and to encourage lifelong learning as a positive experience
3. Providing technology mediated education
4. Providing state- of – the- art dental treatment to general population
5. Encouraging and implanting the spirit of research among the faculty and students
6. To impart ethical and moral values as well as commitment to society in the minds of students
7. Knowledge and Research sharing and networking with other institutions within the country and abroad
8. To improve the physical and mental wellbeing of a student through a targeted curriculum
9. To continually develop and improve courses to meet these needs

As per our motto, “Quest for Excellence in Education and Service to Humanity”, we wish to:
1. Set a global standard and excellence in education, thereby
2. Creating professionals to provide leadership and illustrate the best care to patients and communities nationally and globally
3. To initiate and maintain values of standard research and to communicate them effectively for the benefit of the society
4. To foster a culture guided by scientifically validated evidence that enable students to acquire knowledge that is intellectually transformative, simultaneously propagating elite humanitarian principles.

The History GDC Kottayam

Ever since the inception of Government Medical College, Kottayam nearly 40 years back, a dental department was attached to it. It was re-designated as the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in 1992. The idea of starting a new Dental College at Kottayam was conceived and initiated by veterans like Dr. P Chandramohan, the then Superintendant of Medical College hospital, Dr. B Iqbal, Planning Board Member, Sri VN Vasavan, District Secretariat Member, CPI(M) and Dr. George Varghese, HOD of Oral & Maxillofacial department. Later Dr. George Varghese was appointed as the Special Officer. He is the visionary behind creating a brambly hill into the present appealing institution.

The proposal for establishing a Dental College in the Govt. sector at Kottayam was included in the 2000 Kerala Budget. Administrative Sanction was issued in August 2000. In November 2001, an area of 10 acres of land from the Medical College Campus with the old buildings there in (16,000 sq ft) was allotted for starting the Dental College. Dr. KT Sreelatha took charge as the first Principal of the new Dental College in 09-11-2001 and the institute was affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

The 1st batch of BDS students were admitted on 06.09.2002 (with an annual intake of 40 students) The College was formally inaugurated on 01.10.2002. The new building (Academic ‘A’ block) with an area of 29700 Sq. Ft. (costing Rs.141 Lakhs) was inaugurated on 14.12.2004.

The first batch of students passed out in April 2007 with 100 % pass. Students from this college secured both the FIRST and SECOND ranks in the University Exams. Permanent recognition for BDS course was obtained from the Central Government and the Dental Council of India in 2007. The 2nd batch BDS students passed out in Oct 2008 with 100 % pass. Altogether 13 batches of BDS students have passed out from this institution after completing House Surgency.

Ladies Hostel was commissioned in July 31st 2009. Men’s Hostel was commissioned in December 2011. PG (MDS) Courses in 2 subjects, viz. OMFS and Prosthodontics, started in the year 2009. The Kerala University of Health Sciences took over all the allied health sciences from 2010 onwards and ever since, this institute is attached to KUHS, Thrissur. Other MDS courses viz. Conservative Dentistry and Periodontics started in the year 2011 and Orthodontics and Oral Pathology in 2012. The institution entered into its decennial year in 2012. A 32 seater bus was purchased for use of students in March 2012. Mobile Dental Clinic started functioning in April 2013.

The Academic [B] block under NABARD assistance for Rs 8.85 crores was commissioned on September 2015. Hostel for Residents (Rs.382 Lakhs) and Ladies Hostel Annex for Rs 228.5 Lakhs was inaugurated on 18th August 2017. The first PHD postgraduate seats in the Kerala sector were filled in 2017. Administrative cum Research block for Rs 15 crores, Type IV Staff Quarters with 5 two-bedroom family apartments and 5 bath attached single rooms (Rs 3.5 Crores), renovated internal roads of BMBC standards for Rs 2crores, Seminar Hall and Records Room (Rs 40L), a water sump for the institution (Rs 20L), a second incinerator of higher capacity for Rs 7 lakhs, the new extension clinic at Ettumanoor PHC centre for the Public Health Dentistry department (Rs 5L) and toilets for females and physically handicapped were inaugurated on July 23rd of 2019.

The Administrative and Research Block construction work for Rs 15 Crores is underway and another block for Public Health Dentistry for Rs 3 crores is also in the process of construction.

Now the Government Dental College is extending its services to around 50000 patients annually in and around five districts namely- Kottayam, Ernakulum, Idukki, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta). We have all the latest equipment’s and a state –of – the –art infrastructure in a scenic campus full of greenery and flowers. We proudly own a butterfly garden and a garden for medicinal herbs – a place for relaxing, understanding our mother nature with its wealth of colours and herbarium. We have a sanctioned teaching staff strength of about 66. Ministerial staff and other ancillary staff of around 74 to support the smooth functioning of the institute. All the nine specialties in dentistry are full-fledged.

Apart from several outreach programmes like ‘Mandahasam’ project( free dentures for the elderly BPL patients sponsored by the State Government), Dental Camps, ‘Sparsam’ project for Special Care Children, Ante-natal Clinic at OB&G of ICH, Tobacco Cessation Clinic, Palliative Home Dental Care, ‘Kaliveedu’ for our pediatric patients, Pedodontic Dental Care unit at Autism Centre of Institute of Child Health, Govt. Medical College, Kottayam; Comprehensive Pedodontics Surgical Dental Care under General Anaesthesia at OT of Medical College Hospital, extension clinics at two different Primary Health Centres namely Kudalloor and Ettumanoor and a fully equipped mobile dental van are offering services to different sectors of the population – from Antenatal to Geriatric.

Milestones GDC Kottayam

2001: Dental College Office Inaugurated

2002: Dental College Inaugurated and First batch BDS Students admitted

2003: Foundation Stone for New Building ( Block A) was laid

2004: Academic Block A Inaugurated

2009: Ladies Hostel Inaugurated

2011: Men’s Hostel Inaugurated

2015: Academic Block B Inaugurated

2015: First CBCT machine in Government Sector Inaugurated

2017: Resident’s Hostel Inaugurated

2017: Ladies Hostel Annex Inaugurated

2017: First ‘Mandahasam’ project for free denture delivery to senior citizens in a Government Sector Inaugurated

2017: First RSBY counter in a Govt. Dental College started

2017: First PHD postgraduate seats in the Kerala Sector were filled

2018: Established Butterfly Garden & Medicinal Herb Garden

2018: First ‘Sparsam’ project for special care children in Kottayam district in Government Sector Inaugurated

2018: Staff Welfare Forum inaugurated

2018: First TMJ Arthroscopic surgery in a Government Sector done successfully

2018: Tobacco Cessation Clinic started in OMR dept.

2018: First Palliative Home Care delivery in Government Sector

2019: Foundation stone for Administrative Block & Research Centre was Iaid

2019: Staff Quarters Inaugurated

2019: Patient Waiting Shed, Toilets for Females & Physically Handicapped Inaugurated

2019: Extension Dental Clinic at Ettumanoor PHC Inaugurated

2019: Dental College Water Sump Inaugurated

2019: Second Incinerator Inaugurated

2019: Trauma care started in OMFS

2019: First Community Dentistry Antenatal Clinic at OB&G at MCH, Ktm in a Government Sector

2020: First Pedodontics extension clinic at Autism center at ICH, MCK in a Government Sector Inaugurated

2020: First comprehensive pedodontic surgical care under General Anesthesia in Government Sector Inaugurated

2021: 1st College Day Celebration – first in a Government Dental College- Inaugurated

2021: College Anthem- first in a Government Dental College- Released

Succession list of Principals

Sl No.NamePeriod
1Dr K. T. Sreelatha09.11.2001 -  08.07.2002
2Dr E. Ramakrishnan29.07.2002 - 30.11.2002
3Dr M Gopinathan23.06.2003 - 20.06.2005
4Dr N. O. Varghese14.06.2006 - 05.10.2007
5Dr. Jyothindrakumar19.03.2008 – 11.05.2011
6Dr K. George Varghese12.05.2011 – 31.05.2017
7Dr. V.T.Beena31.07.2017 - To date

Services Offered

• Routine 6 hours’ dental clinics from Monday to Saturday on all days starting from 8am
• 24-hour casualty dental services at MCH casualty
• O.P and inpatient wards under OMFS dept. at Medical College Hospital
• Main referral center for major and minor maxillofacial surgical cases in Central Kerala.
• Two satellite clinics once a week at Ettumanoor and Koodalloor under the dept. of PHD
• Mobile Dental Clinic run by PHD dept.
• Antenatal Extension Clinic at Gynecology dept of MCH once a week under PHD dept.
• Pedodontics Extension Clinic at Autism centre at ICH once a week
• Palliative Home Care delivery by dept. of PHD
• Comprehensive Pedodontic care under GA for needy special care children by appointment
• ‘Sparsam project’ for special care school children in Kottayam district by dept. of PHD
• ‘Mandahasam project’- free denture delivery for needy senior citizens, Govt. Project
• Training for ‘Anganvadi’ teachers on dental care of children by PHD department
• Routine hematology and biopsy services by Oral Pathology & Microbiology department

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