Dental Council of India (DCI): Goal, Functions, Approved Colleges

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalPublished On: January 21, 2020 | NEET SS

The Dental Council of India of India is a statutory body that manages the Dental colleges in India. Read the whole article to more about the Dental Council of India and its role in dental education.

All About the Dental Council of India

Formed in 1984 under a parliamentary act - The Dentists Act (XVI of 1948), the Dental Council of India, commonly known as DCI is a statutory body. The DCI regulates the profession of Dentistry and Dental Education all around the country. The organisation is financed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Dept. of Health) of the GOI (Government of India) through Grand-in-aid.

The DCI’s general body represents the Central Government, various State Governments, Dental Colleges and universities in India, etc. The headquarters of the Dental Council of India is in New Delhi. As per the current data, there are 259 MDS colleges, 313 BDS colleges, 9 PG-DIP colleges and 110 DH/ DM colleges under the Dental Council of India. The council has a strong team of 32,108 faculty members and 2,72,170 dentists. The number of seats permitted by the DCI for the MDS course is 6,228 and 26,949 seats for the BDS course at dental colleges in India.

If you want to pursue a career as a dentist, it is very important for you to understand the importance, function, objectives, and contribution of the Dental Council of India in the Dental industry. This article will help you comprehend it all with a simple explanation.

Objectives of the Dental Council of India

The Dental Council of India has been working on achieving the following goals.

  • To maintain a uniform standard of Dental education in India at Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate level.

  • To envisage visitation or inspections of Dental College to grant permission to establish Dental Colleges, allow increment in the number of seats and set up new courses.

  • To prescribe a minimum standard of requirements and examinations.

  • To ensure a curriculum that trains dentists, dental mechanics and dental hygienists as per the industry standards.

  • To supervise all the Dental institutions in India to maintain their prescribed standard.

Also Read: All About the Medical Council of India

Functions of the Dental Council of India

The DCI is entrusted to perform the following tasks. Candidates interested in studying Dental Health in India should give the following points a thorough read.

  • The council works on regulating the dental profession, dental education and dental ethics in the country.

  • DCI comprises six constituencies that represent the Central Government, State Government, Dental Colleges and Universities, Medical Council of India (MCI) and Private Dentistry Practitioners.

  • The council is responsible for granting recognition to various Dental degrees awarded by universities.

  • The Dental Council of India maintains uniform standards of education in India.

  • The council inspects different dental institutions in the country and eradicates deficiencies that are brought into notice by the concerned authorities.

  • It ensures that every Dental college in the country meets the minimum requirements laid down by the DCI and is approved by the Government of India.

List of Top DCI Approved Dental Colleges in India

There are over 500 dental colleges in India that are approved by the Dental Council of India. In order to get admission in these colleges, students have to pass tests, meet minimum academic requirements and also do well in further rounds involved in the selection process.

Here is a list of top DCI approved Dental Colleges in India that candidates can check for their reference. This list would be helpful for the candidates aspiring to study this field from the best college.

Dental Colleges

Affiliated to

Courses Available

A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute Of Dental Sciences, Mangalore

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore

B.D.S., M.D.S.

Adesh Institute Of Dental Sciences And Research, Bathinda

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot


A.J. Institute Of Dental Sciences, Mangalore

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore

B.D.S., M.D.S., P.G.D. in Dental

Adhiparasakthi Dental College And Hospital, Melmaruvathur

Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai

M.D.S., B.D.S

Ahmedabad Dental College And Hospital, Ahmedabad

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

M.D.S., B.D.S

Aditya Dental College, Beed

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik

M.D.S., B.D.S

Al Ameen Dental College And Hospital, Bijapur

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore

M.D.S., B.D.S

Al-Badar Rural Dental College And Hospital, Gulbarga

Gulbarga University, Gulbarga

M.D.S., B.D.S

Al-Azhar Dental College, Idukki

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam


A.M.C. Dental College, Ahmedabad

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

B.D.S., M.D.S.

Other than this, here are a few more links that would help Dental aspirants in finding them the perfect college.

Top BDS Colleges in IndiaBest Dental Hygiene Colleges in India
Top Ranked Dental Mechanic Colleges in IndiaList of Prosthodontics Colleges in India
Endodontics and Conservative Dentistry Colleges in IndiaTop Colleges in India Offering Pedodontics

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