As we celebrate the National Dentists day on the 24th of December in memory of the greatest pioneer of Indian Dentistry Dr. R. Ahmed, here is something more you will discover about him….
In 1920, a year after his return from USA, He set up his surgical practice in Calcutta and became a busy practitioner. But he was not of those men who sought contentment in money alone. The poor and middle-class people of India had to depend on the scientific methods of the quacks. Dr. R. Ahmed became the Good Samaritan to the Indian public health. With some distinguished group of doctors he founded the first dental college of India ‘The Calcutta Dental College’ financed by the New York Soda Fountain in Calcutta. The college was run on an experimental basis with only eleven students from 1920 to 1923. Dr. R. Ahmed took the responsibility of teaching dentistry, both theoretical and clinical along with other dedicated teachers. By 1928, the college was a well-organized institution for scientific dental education in India.
He published the first student’s handbook on Operative Dentistry in 1928. Between 1932 and 1936 he was an elected Councilor of Calcutta Corporation. He became an Alderman of the Corporation from 1942 to 1944. The college affiliated with the State Medical Facility in 1936 and with the University of Calcutta in 1949. In the same year, he donated his college to the West Bengal government and named it Calcutta Dental College and served as the Principal of the college from 1920 to 1950.
In 1925, Dr. R. Ahmed established the Indian Dental Journal and served as the Editor until 1946. In the same year, he also established Bengal Dental Association which then was renamed to Indian Dental Association. He served three terms as the President of the Indian Dental Association. He also played an instrumental role in forming of the Bengal Dentist Act in 1939. This was the first dental regulation by the government in India and it stood as a model for the Indian Dental Act passed in 1948. He served as a councillor and alderman of the Calcutta Corporation from 1932 to 1944.
In 1947, Dr. Ahmed was awarded a fellowship at the International College of Dentists. He also received a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 1949. He became a minister in the West Bengal government and was a supervisor for the Department of Agriculture, Community Development, Co-operation, Relief and Rehabilitation until 1962.
He was the first elected president of the Indian Dental Council, which he served from 1954 to 1958. In 1964 R. Ahmed was honoured by the Indian government with Padma Bhushan. He became the first dentist of India to be awarded this title.
His contribution to dentistry and Indian society is beyond the intelligence. IDA is proud to have proficient like Dr. R. Ahmed
Know more about Dr. R. Ahmed’s services for Indian Society in our Next Blog!