Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. S Sharavanan
Dato' Dr. S Sharavanan is the Managing Director of Penang International Dental College (PIDC) and Surya College. He is the ex Vice-Chancellor and the current Pro Chancellor of Vinayaka Missions University (VMU), Salem, India.
With VMU expanding rapidly with ventures outside India, Dato' Dr. S Sharavanan has been chosen to spearhead the expansion of VMU in Malaysia. He established PIDC in 2006 which revolutionised dental education in Malaysia by providing an affordable Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme. PIDC further set the industry standards by offering affordable treatment in all the nine specialised fields of Dentistry.
PIDC is now recognised as the most affordable dental school offering quality education with the largest clinical material. Apart from this, PIDC's dental clinic offers subsidised dental treatment for the public. The clinic attracts over 1,000 patients a month and it doubles as PIDC's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.
Having established PIDC, Dato' Dr. S Sharavanan introduced Health Sciences programmes. He established Surya College in Butterworth which offers pre-university programmes such as Foundation in Science, A Levels and Health Sciences programmes such as Diploma in Nursing and Diploma in Medical Lab Technology.
Bachelor's level programmes in nursing, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, speech therapy and others will be introduced in the near future. To date, Surya College has offered financial assistance of RM1.4 million to its students as part of its CSR initiatives.
Dato' Dr. S Sharavanan is planning to introduce more programmes and courses which will develop human capital and knowledge workers to meet the needs of the country.