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BKMC to open dental department, admit 25 students in BDS Programmes

PESHAWAR:29 Oct: Within two-year time after its commissioning, the Bacha Khan Medical College (BKMC), Mardan is ready to open its dental department and admit the first batch of 25 students.

A notification for admission of the students, including 20 on merit and five on the basis of self-finance, to study for BDS degree has been issued. The admissions according to the government policy would be made by the joint admission committee for the three public sector dental education institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

On completion of the process of admissions, the dental department at the Bacha Khan Medical College would start functioning in December this year. As the college was commissioned in January 2010, it would have reached the milestone of having a separate dental department within a period of two years.

Named after freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, affectionately referred to as Bacha Khan, the Bacha Khan Medical College had received recognition from the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council within a year of its establishment.

Its teaching hospital, Mardan Medical Complex, has also received accreditation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan for postgraduate training. The college is affiliated with the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar.

The college would also be admitting its third batch of MBBS students soon. Its first batch was admitted in 2010. Noted ophthalmologist Prof Dr Ziaul Islam has been the project director of the college since its inception.

Presently, only 128 students yearly are admitted in the province in the two existing public sector dental institutions, including the Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar and the dental department of the Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, to study for BDS degree.

The number of annual admissions in the province at the three public sector dental teaching institutions after the opening of the dentistry department at the Bacha Khan Medical College would rise to 153. Compared with the low figure of dentistry students, the number of yearly admissions to the MBBS in the several public sector medical colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is 1078.

Though private medical colleges also teach dentistry, the need for increasing the number of seats and opening dental departments and colleges is being felt in the province. Compared with the Bacha Khan Medical College’s swift progress in opening its dental department, the Khyber Medical College and the Ayub Medical College took years to start teaching dentistry. Commissioned in 1954, the Khyber Medical College set up its dental department in 1964 only. Twenty-seven years later in 1991, the dental department was upgraded into the Khyber College of Dentistry. Ayub Medical College was commissioned in 1978-79 but its dental department was opened in 1999 only.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, who belongs to Mardan and was elected for the first time as MPA in the 2009 general elections, is credited with setting up the Bacha Khan Medical College.The

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