2016 Richard Law Award

The Richard Law Award 2016 for dental students in India; a prize of (Rs 25000) through an essay competition, for the 4th successive year in 2016. The competition had two categories: post-graduate and under-graduate.

In the post-graduate category, Shraddha Mahesh Natekar Pictured opposite) of Dr GD Pol Foundation’s YMT Dental College and Hospital, Navi Mumbai won the award, whereas in the under-graduate category, Embeti Srikanth, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddy, Palem Nellore, won the award. Shraddha commented: “My topic was research in academic institutes and practice based research. The award is an unexpected delight. I’m really glad and honoured to receive it.”

A special Judges’ Choice Certificate was given to Viswa Chaitanya, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Tenali, in the PG category. The second runner-up certificate went to Krutika Gedam of Dr GD Pol Foundation’s YMT Dental College and Hospital, Navi Mumbai.

In the under-graduate category, Arti Gharpure of Dr GD Pol Foundation’s YMT Dental College and Hospital, Navi Mumbai was chosen as the first runner-up.

The essays were assessed by Dr Sreenivasan V (Professor and Head in Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saraswati Dhanwantari Dental College, Parbhani) and Dr Rahul Rao (Professor in Conservative Dentistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College, Navi Mumbai) in the post-graduate category, and Dr Amar Katre (Reader in Pediatric Dentistry, YMT Dental College, Navi Mumbai) and Dr Ramchandra Kabir (Reader in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Index Dental College and Hospital, Indore) in the undergraduate category.

Embeti Srikanth, pictured opposite, commented on his award: “Of all the awards I have received so far, this is the best. It will not only make me famous but also help pay for my postgraduate studies.”