MCODS, Mangalore team visit to Universities of Malaysia

May 02, 2016


A team of seven delegates represented Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education at the Dental symposium 2016 (20th April) that was hosted by Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi Mara. The team included faculty Dr Nidhi Manaktala, 3 postgraduate students Dr Shakthi Dorai, Dr Akanksha Singhal, Dr Zeena DCosta and 3 undergraduate students Miss Sana Chawla, Miss Ansu Ann Abraham and Miss Tanya Sawhney. The symposium started with prayers to the almighty and a welcome address by the founding Dean Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abu Hassan welcoming the national and international delegates alike.  The program started well within the schedule with oral and poster presentations taking place simultaneously. International delegates from University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, India also participated in the symposium. There were a lot of interesting studies presented by the Malaysian students and the international students. The closing ceremony of the symposium started around 5 pm with Miss Ansu and Dr Shakthi bagging the first and second prizes in oral and poster presentation competitive categories respectively. The closing ceremony was a mix of the cultural heritages of Malaysia thus making it a grand success.

Dr. Shakti Dorai, Post graduate of Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, MCODS, Mangalore, won the  2nd prize in e-poster competition at the 6th UiTM Dental Students Symposium, hosted by Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia on 20th April, 2016

Miss Ansu Ann Abraham, III yr BDS won the 1st prize in paper presentation at the 6th UiTM Dental Students Symposium, hosted by Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia on 20th April, 2016


The Dean of Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education;  Dr Dilip Naik recently gave us (a team of one faculty and six students) an opportunity to visit the Melaka Manipal Dental College which is based in Bukit Baru, Melaka Malaysia. We reached Melaka on 17th April, 2016. On 18th morning we were greeted by Dr Vijendra Pal Singh (Associate professor, Department of Periodontics) who showed us the various departments in the College. To begin with, we first met the Dean of the Dental college Prof Dr. Abdul Rashid who greeted us very warmly and enquired about the academic and research activities in MCODS, Mangalore. After taking leave from Dr. Rashid, we went around the College delving into the details and intricacies of every department. While the basic training for undergraduate teaching for the Dental undergraduates takes place in Manipal Campus for first two years, the remaining three years clinical training is completed at the Melaka campus. There were three separate floors having polyclinics for each batch year wise. Each floor had a color coded uniform for the dental undergraduate students. We also had the opportunity to interact with the students and visit the various labs which were fully equipped with latest technologies. Melaka Manipal dental college also boasts of a state of the art implant module programme (co-ordinated by Dr. Saptarishi) and CBCT machines which makes the college one of its kind. We also met Dr Sumanth (HOD Oral Medicine) who explained the various teaching strategies and methodologies used in teaching undergraduate students. Finally we concluded the college tour meeting the pro-vice chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Melaka campus Datuk Dr Abdul Razzak who gave us an insight about the infrastructure and vision of the Melaka College. All in all it was a very informative and fulfilling experience.

Visit to University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

The team from Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education recently visited the University of Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The University Hospital is one of the premier institutes in the country and boasts of high end diagnostics and research. The Department of Oro-Maxillofacial Surgical & Medical Sciences is extremely developed being well equipped with latest research oriented technologies. The Department is divided into various sections where automatic tissue processing, routine sectioning and staining of tissues takes place. Immunohistochemistry is one of the strong points of the department which takes place on a regular basis. The Department is also well connected with other departments like molecular biology, translational research and oral cancer research. Dr Thomas George who was a faculty at MCODS, Mangalore, Dept of Oral Pathology now associate professor at UM gave the team a thorough informative tour of the Department. The team also met Prof Rosnah who is a pioneer in oral cancer research and Prof Siar who is an authority on Odontogenic tumours. The team also visited student teaching labs where the main mode of study used is clinic-pathologic correlation and case based learning. The Department also runs a post-graduate program and also has rotatory posting for Post graduates from other related departments.