Dr SM Balaji leads brainstorming session at deans meet in Saveetha Dental College

Dr SM Balaji invited to attend the deans meeting at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital

Dr NM Veeraiyan, Chancellor, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences and Dr Deepak Nallaswamy, Director of Academics convened a meeting of the deans of Chennai city colleges at Saveetha Dental College on the occasion of the 7th Saveetha STAR Summit.

Encouragement for research as a viable full time career for dental professionals

Dr SM Balaji at the deans meeting with Dr NM Veeraiyan, Chancellor, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences and Dr Deepak Nallaswamy, Director of Academics, SIMATS
Dr SM Balaji at the deans meeting with Dr NM Veeraiyan, Chancellor, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences and Dr Deepak Nallaswamy, Director of Academics, SIMATS
Dr SM Balaji at a presentation depicting the various research projects underway at various dental institutions
Dr SM Balaji at a presentation depicting the various research projects underway at various dental institutions

Encouragement for research as a viable full time career for dental professionals

The Saveetha Transdisciplinary Annual Research (STAR) Summit was initiated to encourage the growth of student research in dental institutions, both at the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate levels. Participation numbers at the summit have been gradually increasing over the years with growth in research activities in all the dental institutions.

Dr SM Balaji was invited to chair the proceeding at the deans meeting in light of his exemplary record in groundbreaking research in Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. Many stellar researchers have attributed him with having inspired them to take up dental research as a fulltime career.

Dr SM Balaji holds forth at the deans meeting organized at Saveetha Dental College, Chennai
Dr SM Balaji holds forth at the deans meeting organized at Saveetha Dental College, Chennai
Dr SM Balaji addresses a query raised by a member regarding research opportunities in India
Dr SM Balaji addresses a query raised by a member regarding research opportunities in India

Brainstorming session at the meeting of deans at Saveetha Dental College

Dr SM Balaji presented his views regarding research opportunities in India in a lucid and forthright manner. He explained that with India being a low to middle income nation, research had to be mainly conducted in a low resource setting. Stressing on the need for constant innovation, he said that dedication, devotion and determination were the three D’s to a successful career in research.

Dr SM Balaji recalls incidents from his life as an avid researcher in Craniomaxillofacial surgery
Dr SM Balaji recalls incidents from his life as an avid researcher in Craniomaxillofacial surgery
Participants listen in rapt attention as Dr SM Balaji explains his point of view regarding ways to foster dental research
Participants listen in rapt attention as Dr SM Balaji explains his point of view regarding ways to foster dental research

He related many incidents from his career where innovative out-of-the-box thinking had helped successful culmination of difficult research projects. Explaining further, he said that the desire to contribute towards scientific progress should be strong enough to overcome any temporary setbacks, which is part and parcel of a researcher’s life.

Difficulties related to the implementation of a strong culture for dental research

Dr SM Balaji with Dr NM Veeraiyan, Chancellor, SIMATS, at the conclusion of the deans meeting in Saveetha Dental College
Dr SM Balaji with Dr NM Veeraiyan, Chancellor, SIMATS, at the conclusion of the deans meeting in Saveetha Dental College
A view of the deans meeting in progress that was convened to discuss ways to improve dental research
A view of the deans meeting in progress that was convened to discuss ways to improve dental research

Dr SM Balaji further enumerated steps that could be implemented in the dental institutions to help foster a culture of research among the students. The deans expressed their appreciation and stated that they would take the appropriate steps needed to lay a foundation for dental research in their institutions that would help develop many generations of future researchers.

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