Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Verma, Director - Principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi was awarded Padma Shri Award by Sh. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India in a special ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Verma has received this award for his immense contribution in the field of dental sciences. Under his leadership, the speciality dental services in the city of Delhi through Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences expanded and reached sky high. He was instrumental in setting up the best dental Institute of the country from a very small dental department at MAMC which is currently a "Centre of Excellence"treating thousands of underprivileged and common citizens everyday in a "State of the Art" modern facilities.
He was the first Doctor to bring about dental awareness through his team in the form of Dental Health Mela organised every year in the city of Delhi. This award is also recognising the dental sciences and its contribution towards healthcare services and the rapid scientific advances made in the field of dental care.Dr. Verma has completed his BDS from a Trivandrum Dental College with Gold Medal followed by MDS from same Institute in the speciality of Prosthodontics.
He is also recipient of Dr. B. C. Roy highest National Medical Award by President of India in the year 2008 and other awards including Fellowships from many national and international organisations and academic bodies. He is currently involved along with IIT Delhi to develop indigenous dental Implant under CSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Prof. Mahesh Verma is the current President of Indian Dental Association having 65,000 members across the country. Receiving the award, Dr. Mahesh Verma stated that "the Central and State Governments to give further priority to oral health programmes and create more job opportunities for young professionals. There is large pool of dental manpower available which may be utilised for dental services reach amongst masses across the country. The dental services also be included as part of National rural and urban health missions. The Dental speciality services are required to be aggressively expanded on the lines of medical services in states so as to make it available far and wide in the country. There is need to establish independent and separate Dental Directorates in each state to organise and coordinate dental services. The dental needs in the country are so high to the tune of almost 80-90%".