The Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS), Manipal, formerly known as College of Dental Surgery, was the first self-financing dental college in the private sector of our country. Established in the year 1965, it initially had an intake of 40 students that was later increased to 100 admissions from 1983 - 84 onwards.
The inception of MCODS, Manipal heralded a significant milestone in our university. Initially the college was set up in a humble thatched roof structure with limited facilities under the able guidance of Dr. Sunder J. Vazirani, who nurtured the college during its teething stages. The institution was small then in every sense with one dental chair, forty students and a faculty comprising of clinicians (many of them retired), who came to Manipal to weave academics into the fabric of their lives. Since then, we have been steered by extremely accomplished professionals, beginning with Dr. K. L. Shourie, Dr. Kamalamma G. Pillai, Dr. S. S. Khera, Dr. K. S. Bhat, Dr. Shobha Tandon and presently Dr. Nirmala N Rao who is now at the helm.
The lineage is truly stupendous and their sterling efforts in shaping this institution are even more colossal. The college has metamorphosed through time and stands tall both nationally and internationally.
Moving from the original school building to the Biochemistry block and then on to what now serves as the outpatient department of the Kasturba Hospital, we are currently situated in two buildings, the clinical wing housed adjacent to the Kasturba hospital and the pre-clinical wing at the Centre for Basic Sciences.
Besides this, MCODS, Manipal, has several peripheral clinics that include centres at Dr. T.M.A. Pai Hospital, Udupi; Rotary Hospital, Karkala; Hebri; Moodubelle; Saligrama; Kundapura; Brahmavar; Sharada Residential School, Udupi; Parkala High School, Parkala; Vidya Niketan Public School, Kaup and many more.
Academically, College of Dental Surgery, Manipal was affiliated to the Mysore University (1965 - 1980) and then to the Mangalore University (1980 - 1993). However, our founder’s dream of setting up an independent university became a reality with the naissance of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in the year 1993 under the able stewardship of Dr. Ramdas M. Pai, Chancellor of the esteemed deemed university. With winds of change sweeping across the country in the field of education, much faster than ever before and Manipal Academy of Higher Education leaped forward to keep pace with newer materials, equipment, academic and technological advancements.
Today our infrastructure proudly supports more than 250 dental chairs and state of the art laboratories with an intake of 100 undergraduate students and 25 postgraduate students per year.
In addition to the bachelor’s and Post Graduate courses in dental surgery, MCODS, Manipal also conducts advanced certificate courses in Oral Implantology, Aesthetic dentistry and LASER dentistry. A postgraduate course in Dental Materials, the first of its kind in the country, is also a part of the institution’s academic progress. The course of Dental Hygiene and at the level of technicians, a Dental Mechanics course is offered as well.
Academic initiatives in the field of Forensic Dentistry are in the pipeline.
The Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal has been ranked the Number One private dental college in the country for the fifth time in a recent survey held by outlook-MDRA survey. It was based on a perceptual survey in 12 cities involving final year graduate students, senior faculty members and leading recruiting agencies and professionals. After the colleges were ranked both nationally and regionally by them, a cumulative rank was given to the colleges combining their rank at national and regional levels with different weightages.
In a nutshell, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, stands as one of the finest centres for higher learning, acclaimed internationally for its excellence in dental education as well as oral health care, complying with the institutional mission set forth.
The Manipal College of Dental Sciences is an ISO-certified institution (ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004). It is a recognised training centre for MFDS program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and IQE training from UK. MCODS is accredited by Kathmandu University and the Malaysian Dental Council.