Year : 2022 | Volume
: 34 | Issue : 1 | Page : 3--4
A Tribute to Dr. Ajit Dinkar
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Dr. Ajit Dinkar was born on July 27, 1954, in Pune and completed his schooling from the same state. After completing his BDS, he went on to complete his MDS in Oral Medicine and Radiology from Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai, in 1981. He started his career in Goa as a Junior Resident in Goa Medical College & Hospital, Panaji, and subsequently worked as a demonstrator and lecturer in Oral Medicine-Radiology, Oral Anatomy, & Conservative Dentistry. He was always popular with students and shared a great rapport with them on both academic and personal fronts. He then became an Assistant Professor in 1986 and was instrumental in bringing up the department to such heights, even though he had only a single technician to help him. His love for his department was so deep that he used to spend days and nights in the department planning even the smallest detail and at the same time educating and inspiring students to learn the subject. He took over as Professor and Head of the Department in 1995 and retired on July 31, 2017.
During his tenure as faculty, he was actively involved in spearheading and organizing many national seminars and conferences which included X-ray centenary celebration in college with an exhibition, a CDE symposium on TMJ diseases in 1997 and the XVI Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology (IAOMR) in 2005 which was a grand success and is fondly remembered by the participants even today.
He made the then budding topic of Forensic Odontology, a subject for every post-graduate and specialist to show keen interest in and, was the Organizing Chairman of 1st International and 16th National IAFO Conference with the theme “Forensic Odontology-Marching into The Digital Era” held in Sept 2018. He was the speaker and conducted a pre-conference workshop on bite marks.
He won many hearts because he always made sure he appreciated and acknowledged the efforts put in by the students, staff, and all the individuals who contributed to the success of any program he had organized.
Apart from having more than 50 national and international publications, he was bestowed with two prestigious awards at the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology (IAOMR) at its 23rd National Conference held in Bengaluru in 2011 and the first award was for 'Significant Contribution as President of IAOMR (2005-2006)' and the second in “Appreciation of the Invaluable Contribution to the Academy and Health Care Profession”. He was the Director of Community Services & In-charge of Fluoride Research Project from 1974 to 1977. During his tenure he conducted a study on the evaluation of the relative efficacy of fluoride versus non-fluoride tooth pastes conducted at the Bharda High School, Mumbai. The project was adjudged the “BEST PROJECT” of the Rotary Club Dist 314.
He was the backbone behind the beginning of Oral Medicine and Radiology as a specialty in MDS in GDC, Goa. He has had 15 batches of post-graduates complete their masters under him. His students have conducted umpteen studies on age estimation using various dental methods, bite mark analysis, lip print analysis, facial reconstruction, and person identification from various dental radiographs. Over the years, he was always the examiner of choice for many dental colleges and universities.
Forensic Odontology being his topic of interest, made him complete his dissertation on 'A cross sectional radiographic survey of the sequence and status of calcification of the mandibular first and second premolars and the mandibular permanent second molar in Indian children of age three to fifteen years'. This pioneering work is widely used even today and still shows a high accuracy rate compared to the several other methods employed today. He was instrumental in opening the first Forensic Dentistry Clinic in a Government Dental College and Hospital in the year 2016. He has presented curriculum guidelines, staff, and Infrastructure requirements for starting MDS in Forensic Dentistry in India at the General Body Meeting of the Dental Council of India in 2011 at Kolkata and was the Member of the curriculum revision committee on behalf of the IAOMR and on behalf of IAFO. He also co-authored a book titled 'The Lips – Their Role in Forensic Odontology'. His love for the subject is seen from the fact that even after his retirement he has guided various students across the country in their dissertations, especially Forensic Odontology.
He lectured extensively across India and participated in the Live Audience Question Programs in Konkani on All India Radio, Panaji, Doordarshan, and the T.V. Channel Goa-365.
He held many posts of repute including the President of IDA Goa for the year 1998–1999, vice president of IAOMR and took over President of IAOMR in 2005. He represented Goa University to the Dental Council of India for five years (2008–2013). He was the Information and Public relations officer for GDC, Goa. He was frequently called upon to be the subject expert interviewer for recruitment of teaching staff at various Dental Colleges.
He had great command over English, and insisted that knowing the subject would be incomplete without correct pronunciation of words while presenting. He himself was multilinguistic, and knew languages including Marathi, Hindi, Konkani, Bengali, Kannada, Malyalam, and Telugu. He always surprised both his students and his patients by conversing with them in their mother tongue.
Besides his achievements in his specialty, he had great love for Bengali music especially Ravindra music. He was a great chef and was happy and proud to share some of his special recipes with everyone. He loved to discuss the making of the dishes in detail, much like the detailing he gave in his subject.
He was a perfectionist, a doting father, and a loving husband. His elder daughter Dr. Amrutha Ajit Dinkar is now a successful skin specialist in Goa and his son, Mr. Atharva Ajit Dinkar is an IIT graduate from BITS, and is now working in Bangalore. His children will vouch for the fact that their father greatly participated and contributed to the success they have achieved today.
The chapter of Dr. Ajit Dinakar's benevolence and mighty achievement s closes, but his thoughts, triumphs, and prayers for him linger on in every heart he ever connected with.