Established in 1985, the A.B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, is duly recognized by the Dental Council of India for the Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses it offers. It also has the privilege of being recognized by the Malaysian Dental Council and is an affiliate of Okayama University Dental School Japan and Academic Mentor to Oman Dental College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. In association with the Smile Train Organization, USA and Cleft Children International, Switzerland, the College has the unique distinction of being at the forefront of treatment and Research in Clefts and Craniofacial Anomalies in the Country.
The College through Nitte University also has MOUs with Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, and the Universite de Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France for Staff and Student exchanges.
It is a matter of great pride that the Institution is ranked third among the Private Dental Colleges in the Country and Eighth among all the Dental Colleges in the Country by The Week Magazine - Hansa Research Survey 2016. It has also been adjudged as the ‘Most Proactive Dental College’ in the Country by ‘Guident Dental Excellence Awards Committee’ and has been selected by the Heal Talk Awards Committee as the ‘Best Dental College of the Year’ 2015 for achieving Academic Excellence, imparting Quality Education and promoting overall development of its Students. Additionally the College enjoys the distinct honor of being conferred with ‘The Best Community Dental Service Activities’ award among all the Dental Colleges in the Country by the International College of Dentists, USA.