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.
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) was conducted on 9-9-2002
Inauguration of Govt. Dental College Kottayam by Sri.A.K.Antony,
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala
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
The History in Detail
the inception of Medical College, Kottayam nearly 40 years back a
Dental Department was attached to it. However, later it was realised
that the nature of work that was under taken mainly was Oral
Surgical. Hence in 1992 the Dental Department was re-designated as
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. This department is
considered to be the referral centre for minor and major
maxillofacial surgical cases of Central Kerala, comprising of
Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts.
While offering quality Oral & Maxillofacial surgical services, the
people of Central Kerala were not provided other specialised
dental treatment in government sector in Central Kerala. They had to
approach private dental practitioners or seek treatment either in
Thiruvananthapuram or Kozhikode Dental College. Hence it was only
reasonable that facilities for specialised dental treatment be made
available to the people of Central Kerala through the establishment
of a Dental College attached to Medical College, Kottayam.
At that time in the government sector, there were only two Dental
Colleges in the state one at Thiruvananthapuram and the other at
Kozhikode with an annual intake of forty students in each college.
Hence students seeking admission for BDS course have to depend on
private institutions in the neighboring states. Hence, the necessity
for a Dental College at Kottayam attached to the Medical College,
was suggested by many.
It was only in 1998 December a few months after Dr.P.Chandramohan
(Prof.& Head of Cardio Thoracic Surgery) assumed charge as the
Superintendent of Medical College Hospital Kottayam, that a
substantial move was made in this direction. The idea occurred a
brain wave to Dr.Chandramohan to present the matter of a new Dental
College before the Hospital Development Society. Dr.Chandramohan
entrusted Dr.George Varghese, HOD, Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial
Surgery to draft a detailed project report within a fortnight to
present before the HDC meeting to be held in the third week of
The HDC meeting held under the Chairmanship of the District
Collector of Kottayam Sri.Biswanath Sinha IAS, unanimously agreed to
submit the matter before the government so that it may be included
in the budget. Nearly at the same period the College Committee of
Management also agreed to recommend the starting of the new Dental
College and pursue the matter with the government.
The need for the institution was repeatedly brought to the notice of
the government by the public and political leaders of Kottayam.
Dr.B.Ekbal (formerly Prof & HOD of Neuro Surgery) as Member of
Planning Board of Kerala played a crucial role in allocating
sufficient funds for the Kottayam Dental College in the 2000 budget
. Finally, the dream came true in March 2000 when Sri. Sivadasa
Menon, Hon'ble Finance Minister presented the Kerala State Budget.
An amount of Rs.10 Lakhs was included for starting a new Dental
College at Kottayam with an annual intake of 40 students for BDS
course. This was a great day of rejoice for the people of Central
The Government of Kerala accorded administrative sanction for the
establishment of the Kottayam Dental College vide G.O.(MS)
No.209/2000/H& FWD dated 7-8-2000. The present teaching department ,
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery attached to Medical College, Kottayam
and the building vacated by the pre clinical departments of Medical
College Kottayam were decided to be utilized for the Dental College.
Dr.K.George Varghese, HOD, Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery,
Medical College Kottayam was nominated as the Special Officer.
Maintenance work of the existing building was carried out by the PWD
and purchase of the necessary machinery and equipment were made.
The Mahatma Gandhi university granted affiliation for the college
vide Order No. U .O. 2322/A1(2)/2000/ Acad. Dtd.3-1-2001.
For the formal approval of the college by the Dental Council of
India , application was submitted before the Ministry of Health &
Family Welfare, New Delhi , by the DME in February 2001 with all the
necessary documents and a detailed Techno Feasibility report.
The office of the Dental College was inaugurated by the Hon'ble
Minister for Health & Family Welfare Sri.V.C.Kabeer on 17/03/2001.
Dr.K.T.Sreelatha took charge as the first Principal of the new
college on 8-11-2001.
Following the recommendation of the Dental Council, the Central
ministry first issued the Letter of Indent vide letter
.F.No.V.12017/2/2001-PMS dtd.21-6-2002 . A satisfactory reply for
this was given by the Govt. of Kerala. The Hon'ble Minister for
Health Sri.P.Sankaran and the Director of Medical Education
Dr.K.A.Kumar personally met Central Health Minister Sri.Shatruhnan
Sinha, when the latter visited Kerala in the first week of August
2002. They requested the Central Minister to expedite the matter.
Subsequently, Letter of Permission was issued by the Ministry of
Health & Family Welfare Govt. of India vide letter F
No.V.12017/2/2001-PMS Govt.of India, Ministry of Health & F.W . New
Delhi Dtd.8-8-2002 ( Exactly 2 years after the Govt. of Kerala
Issued the Administrative Sanction)