Profile Dental education occupies a place of pride in the field of medical studies. The basic aim of the dental colleges is to provide health-oriented courses that emphasize the prevention of oral diseases. In a human body mouth is considered to be the mirror dental health being intimately related is part and parcel of the general health and well being of an individual. With increasing awareness in oral health and surge in the demand for cosmetic dental care together with technological advances in delivery of dental care, need for trained professionals in this field is ever increasing. As dentistry offers a satisfying, rewarding and lucrative career, it has become the subject of choice for aspiring professionals of tomorrow. Dentists are doing a great job today. Right from fulfilling the basic needs of restoration and prosthesis of common man, they are designing smiles of models, actors and others who want to enhance their confidence. They are doing well both in the public and the private sector. But with time their number is increasing and so is the competition amongst them. There is now a dire need of these professionals to explore new areas and widen their scope of employment. Importance of Dental Health Dental Health is very important to everyone. It refers to all aspects of the health and functioning of our mouth especially the teeth and gums. Teeth and gums should be free from infection, which can cause dental caries, inflammation of gums, tooth loss and bad breath. Dental caries is also known as the tooth decay or cavities. It is the most common disorder affecting the teeth. Dental hygiene is the most vital part of dental care. Primarily, it is essential to the health of your mouth, which can assist you in evading excruciating infections. Too many cavities can be hazardous, and those cavities that transform into boil can lead to even worse troubles such as root canals or teeth extraction. Secondly, good dental hygiene is essential cosmetically too.. Thus maintaining a good dental hygiene is of utmost importance. Dental Education in India India has more than 250 dental institutions, producing 15,000 to 20,000 BDS graduates every year. For all statistical purposes, this figure along with the existing dental practitioners apparently fulfills the World Health Organization requirement of dentist to population ratio. It is, however, unfortunate to note that there are many places in our country devoid of dental clinics, major dental hospitals or dental institutions. In India, the cost of both dental education and setting up of dental clinics is very high. This makes the young graduates opt for setting up their clinic in a bigger town or a metropolitan city to get back their investment. This mal distribution of dentists results in overcrowding of dental practice in big towns and dentist free state in many villages. Government and the Dental Council of India (DCI) can formulate policies in such a way that new dental institutions are encouraged in rural areas or places with no provision for public dental healthcare. A dental college offers post graduate (M.D.S.) programme in nine disciplines i.e. Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Oral Pathology, Periodontics, Community Health Dentistry, Oral Medicine and Pedodontics. Market Scenario Healthcare delivery is estimated to grow at a 12 per cent CAGR during 2010 to 11 and 2015-16 whereas healthcare delivery industry estimated at Rs 2.3 trillion in 2010 to 11. Indias medical education market (both dental and medical) in 2009 to 10 is Rs 21 billion which grew by a CAGR about 10% in last three years. Indian medical education market is to grow at a CAGR of 18% by 2012 to 13 to attain a market size of Rs35 billion. In order to achieve the 1:1,000 doctor patient ratio and 1:7,500 dentist to population ratio, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), India needs at least 600,000 doctors, 200,000 dental surgeons and one million nurses. Against this the country produces only 23,000 new doctors, 13,000 dental doctors and 45,000 nurses every year. Therefore a huge demand supply gap exists in medical education. In India, the growing awareness of the role of health development as a vital component of socio economic development, has contributed to the increase in number of medical and dental colleges. In the past ten years, the total number of colleges (Medical & Dental) increased to 572 in 2008 to 09 from just 324 colleges in 2000 to 01, registering a growth of 65%. In spite of the continuous growth in the medical education sector over the past few years, the country has not been able to meet the growing needs for medical professionals in the country. Therefore the medical and dental education market in India offers an excellent investment opportunity.