Established in 1985 by the Nitte Education Trust, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS) is a premier educational institution situated in Deralakatte, 12 Km from Mangalore
. Affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, it offers graduate, post graduate and doctoral training courses in dental sciences.
The institute is also affiliated to the Okoyama University Dental School, Japan recognised as a centre for training for specific courses by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburg, England.
The institute has various departments such as periodontics, oral biology, orthodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, oral medicine and radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, preventive community dentistry, conservative dentistry and endodontics and pedodontics and children's preventive dentistry. All departments have state-of-the-art diagnostic and research facilities.
The Institute has a large library with a collection of more than 5000 technical and general volumes. Separate hostels are available for boys and girls.