CWomprising of dentists and dental ancillary, the Indian dental service industry is growing annually by 8.60 percent. Increasing healthcare awareness, upsurging healthcare expenditure, and growing number of private dental clinics have compelled the market to look for registered dental graduates and practicing dentists. Emerging as a premium educational podium for dental education, Institute of Dental Studies & Technologies (IDST) is exclusively known for producing phenomenal dental professionals who have successfully carved their unique identities in this domain. The core inception ideology that led to the establishment of Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies (IDST) by Late Padmashree Dr. L. K. Gandhi was to create a leading dental education institute that provides a transformative education experience to create leaders and innovators, and generate new knowledge for society and industry. IDST Dental College is approved by the Dental Council of India and is affiliated with Choudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. The core values adopted by the institute as enduring principles are what makes IDST distinct and these are the amalgamation of Integrity, Excellence & Accountability.
IDST knows the responsibility of being entrusted upon by students & their parents and strive each day to propel each student to their goals. Research and teaching are carried out in an environment of academic freedom and honesty at the institute. Apart from the latest technological advancements, excellent faculty and a large number of patients to work upon, the Institute adheres to the highest standards of ethics in all its activities. Committed to the highest tradition in Dental Education with the provision for quality par excellence in Oral Healthcare, IDST aims to provide clinical education characterized by excellence while responding to changing models in dental education as outline by the Dental Council of India. IDST is dedicated to training Dental Surgeons who are able to competently diagnose, establish treatment plans and provide high-quality patient care utilizing Evidence-Based approaches.
Promising a Unique Learning Experience
IDST is committed to excellence in all spheres of its activities, and through internal & external reviews, works towards continuous improvement. The institute offers Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Master of Dental Surgery courses in all dental specialties. "Apart from these, for the memory of our beloved founder late Dr. LK Gandhi, we have introduced scholarship programs of over Rs.6 crore to the deserving students of the year 21-22 for BDS. This scholarship has been prepared to continue the vision of our founder in producing dignified professionals from all sectors of society at an affordable cost. The courses are designed in such a manner that our students are trained well in the academic as well as clinical arenas. This is made possible because of experienced mentors in the form of faculty members, availability of recourses like latest technological advancements for clinical training and a well-rounded OPD. Introduction of advanced treatment procedures even in the undergraduate curriculum trains the students since day one", states Dr. Vikram Gandhi, Secretary, IDST.
“IDST is aiming to be a centre of excellence and nurture inspired learners who can have a positive impact in the society”
Adding more about the institute and how they are enriching the lives of their students, Dr. Vikram says, "The backbone of any good institute is its teachers. We at IDST are honoured to have stalwarts of various specialties to guide our students in their quest for knowledge. Each faculty member takes keen interest in overall welfare of the students".
IDST believes that among many things, a great institute is built upon the facilities it provides to the students in terms of infrastructure. Furnished with spacious classrooms having technological amenities, and state-of-the-art laboratories with latest aids in research and learning, IDST is committed to provide the best of education in the form of latest methodological teaching techniques equipped with latest audio-visual aids, regular interactive sessions and prompt feedbacks. The institution also has a curriculum developed by experts that promotes learning through utilization of the best educational appro ach and sound teaching principles.
Every department harbors a well functional OPD having large number of patient inflow, which enables students to come across plethora of patients in order to sharpen their clinical and surgical expertise. Simulation centre equipped with phantom heads and best demonstrative aids facilitate the students with the preclinical skills needed before working on actual patients. Students observe and perform all the procedures in these clinics under the expert supervision of the teaching faculties. The hostel accommodation gives a true feeling of home away from home to students with similar sense of warmth, security and comfort.
"With state-of-the-art infrastructure, the nine dental specialities are well equipped with latest diagnostic and treatment aids such as CAD/CAM, CBCT, Soft and hard tissue laser, to name some. To move ahead with the latest digital dentistry, we have also introduced our students to the Intra oral scanner (ITero), which I think IDST is the only college in the North India to have suchfacilities", avers Dr. Vikram.
Striving to be a Change-bringer
Giving more insights into the research activities at the institute, Dr. Vikram adds, "At IDST, every department harbors a well functional OPD having large number of patient inflow, which enables students to come across plethora of patients in order to sharpen their clinical and surgical expertise. Simulation centre equipped with phantom heads and best demonstrative aids facilitate the students with the preclinical skills needed before working on actual patients. Students observe and perform all the procedures in these clinics under the expert supervision of the teaching faculties. The hostel accommodation gives a true feeling of home away from home to students with similar sense of warmth, security and comfort. Life at IDST blends research with reflection, scientific with the artistic, and scholarly with the athletic. Our students come from different places and backgrounds, but together, they create a diverse and kinetic community that seeks to create a better world. Apart from academics, the institution ensures overall development of personality of young students by regularly organising extra-curricular activities, conducting national/ international conferences & conventions, various recreational trips and the biannual elaborated inter and intra college cultural festivals".
With all this, IDST is aiming to be a centre of excellence and nurture inspired learners who can have a positive impact in the society. IDST also ensures that their students get a head start in their professional careers and by doing that gain an edge over the rest of their peers. The best-in-class education coupled with constant mentoring and guidance from the faculty allows the students at IDST to not only get employed, but also become passionate about continuous development and constant learning. All this helps in IDST being able to create the perfect learning environment for their students to thrive. Going forward, the institute will strive to continue moving forward and develop into a pioneering institution in the Indian higher education space.
Dr. Vikram Gandhi, Secretary
In his continuous search for modern dental and scientific methodology in perfecting his career, this pioneering educator has traveled widely, attending seminars and workshops in dentistry which also got his academia recognized around the globe.