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The Dental Council of India is constituted by an act of parliament ‘The Dentists Act 1948’ (XVI of 1948) with a view to regulate the dental education, dental profession and dental ethics thereto-which came into existence in March, 1949.

The Council is composed of 6 constituencies representing Central Government, State Government, Universities, Dental Colleges, Medical Council of India and the Private Practitioners of Dentistry. The Director-General of Health Services is Ex-Officio Member – both of the Executive Committee and General Body. The Council elects from themselves the President, Vice-President and the members of the Executive Committee. The elected President and the Vice-President are the Ex-Officio Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is the governing body of this organisation, which deals with all procedural, financial and day-to-day activities and affairs of the Council.

The Council is financed mainly by grants from the Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Deptt. of Health) though the other source of income of the Council is the 1/4th share of fees realised every year by various State Dental Councils under section 53 of the Dentists Act, Inspection fee from the various Dental Institution for Inspecting under Section 15 of the Dentists Act, 1948 and application fee from the organisation to apply for permission to set up new Dental College, opening of higher Courses of study and increase of admission capacity in Dental Colleges under section 10A of the Dentists Act, 1948 as amended by the Dentists (Amendment) Act, 1993.

About Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed

Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed, the pioneer of dentistry in the Indian terrain and one of the revered names in the history of Indian dentistry. Attributed to the most pronounced ground¬breaking work Dr. Ahmed IDA initiated R. Ahmed CDE programmes. Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed was born on December 24, 1890, in Bardhanpara, East Bengal, India. He graduated from Aligarh University in 1908 & in the next year, left for the United States. He enrolled in the University of IOWA School of Dentistry, earning his dental degree in 1915. Dr Ahmed then worked in the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children in Boston, Massachusetts, until 1918. In 1919 he returned to India to open a dental practice in Calcutta. Dr Ahmed's philosophy was, "Education is the responsibility of the State; " With the aim to keep his efforts for the development of the profession, on the 60th year of formation started Accredited Continuing Dental Education programmes on its 60th year of formation.
In 1920, Dr Ahmed founded the First Dental College of India, which was financed by starting the New York Soda Fountain in Calcutta. Dr Ahmed published the First Student's Handbook on Operative Dentistry in 1928. The First Dental College of India was affiliated to the State Medical Facility in 1936, and then with the University of Calcutta in 1949. In that same year, Dr Ahmed donated his First Dental College of India to the West Bengal government. Dr Ahmed served as principal of the college from 1920 to 1950.
In 1952, Dr Ahmed established the Bengal Dental Association, which became the forerunner for the Indian Dental Association (which he also organised in 1928). He also established the Indian Dental Journal in 1925 and was its editor until 1946. He also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, the PFAs Dental World/ Dental Survey, and other publications. Dr Ahmed helped to form the Bengal Dentist Act in 1939. This was the first dental governmental regulation in India, and it became the model for the Indian Dentist Act of 1948. Dr Ahmed was also the first elected president of the Indian Dental Council, which he served from 1954 to 1958. Dr Ahmed was awarded a fellowship at the International College of Dentists in 1947 and at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 1949. In 1964, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Bhushan, a rare honour never before presented to a dentist. Dr Ahmed served as a councillor and alderman of the Calcutta Corporation from 1932 to 1944. In 19.50, he became a Minister in the West Bengal government and was supervisor for the Departments of Agriculture, Community, Development, Co-operation and Relief & Rehabilitation until 1962.

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