Dhaka University was established in the year 1916 during the period of British regime in Bangladesh. It has been called "The Oxford of the East" by considering it's teaching standard. The Dhaka University has got 9 faculties; Faculty of Arts, Biological science, Commerce, Law, Medicine, Post Graduate Medicine & Research, Pharmaceutical Science, and Social Science. At present the total students of Dhaka University are about 25,000 (1994) and an admission capacity is 4000 per year.
Dhaka Dental College, Dhaka University, is under the Faculty of Medicine. This College was established in the year 1961 when Bangladesh was East Pakistan. The college started with 6 students and only one full-time teacher in a small room of Anatomy Department of Dhaka Medical College. But, at present, it becomes the biggest Dental College & Hospital of the nation constituting all most all the departments of dentistry. About 60 students including 5 foreigners are getting graduation from Dhaka Dental College per year and more than 1000 patients from all the corners of the country are getting dental treatments from different clinics of Dhaka Dental College Hospital in every day.
The existing Departments of Dhaka Dental College are Anatomy & Histology, Dental Anatomy, General & Oral Physiology, Science of Dental Materials & Engineering, General & Dental Pharmacology, General Pathology, Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology, Medicine, General Surgery, Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology, Orthodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics, Community & Preventive Dentistry, Dental Radiology, Children Dentistry, and Anesthesiology. In these departments there are 5 Professors, 12 Associate Professors, 12 Assistant Professors and 28 Lecturers. The following Departments will be opened very soon; Conservative Dentistry -2, Orthodontics -2, Oral Surgery -2, Prosthodontics -2, Dental Jurisprudence & Forensic, General & Oral Microbiology, General & Oral Biochemistry.
In Dhaka Dental College Hospitals there are 7 clinics for out patients and 20 beds for indoor patients. The out patients' clinics are in the department of Diagnosis, Minor Oral Surgery, Operative Dentistry & Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Children Dentistry, and Prosthodontics. Oral Surgery Department is also running with twenty beds for indoor patients with 2 operation rooms. One Resident Surgeon, one Assistant Register, 20 Dental Surgeons, 60 internee doctors and around 25 Post Graduate Trainee Doctors, along with the college members, are working in the Hospitals.
Academic Courses of Dhaka Dental College are four year-B.D.S (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), one year-internship, one year-Post Graduate Clinical Training Courses. Beside these in IPGM&R there is one year-Post Graduate Diploma (D.D.S) course.