In 1972 a Workshop was
organized by the Dental Council of India on
"Prosthodontics" under the
Chairmanship of Dr. T.M. Udani, Professor and
Head of the Dept. of Prosthodontics, Govt.
Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai. The work
was patronized by other Head of the
Departments of Prosthodontics viz.,, Dr. F.D.
Mirza, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai
and Dr. K.Bhargava, Govt. Dental College and
Hospital, Ahmedabad and several other Dental
Surgeons, interested in Prosthodontics were
invited and participated actively in this 3
days workshop as per our founder member and
then secretary Dr. F.D. Mirza.
The idea was first
mooted to start a society of Prosthodontists
in India by Dr. F.D. Mirza at a informal
dinner party hosted by him at his residence
and a AADHOC committee was formed comprised of
Dr. T.M. Udani, Dr. F.D. Mirza and Dr. K.
Bhargava. Also, it was decided to give vide
publicity through newspapers to invite all the
dental surgeons in India interested in
Prosthetic Dentistry to attend Indian Dental
Association Annual Conference to be held in
Ahmedabad in 1973. In this meeting the Indian
Prosthodontic Society was officially formed.
The IPS constitution was framed and accepted.
Three office bearers were unanimously elected
by the committee which was formed in Ahmedabad.
They were Dr. T.M.Udani, Founder President,
Dr. F.D. Mirza, founder
Secretary-cum-Treasurer and Dr.K. Bhargava as
the Editor of our Journal.
The first scientific
conference of IPS was held at Madras, where
Dr. E.G.R. Solomon, was the dynamic force in
organising the conference.
The IPS was formally
registered with Charity Commissioner in 1978
and it became a registered society under
Public Trust Act, Bombay. With this beginning,
the IPS was given a good start. The
Constitution was laid in such a way that there
is harmony among members in the initial stages
and all co-operated having the interest of
Prosthetic Dentistry uppermost in their minds.
It is heartening to know that Indian
Prosthodontic Society was formed way before
the European Prosthodontic Society came into
Prosthodontic Society in now emerging to play
a leading role in promoting total
Prosthodontic Rehabilitation in the country in
this new century.