Dental Council of India proposes to MCI to conduct three-year MBBS bridge course for BDS graduates….
Even as uncertainty continues over implementation of bridge course for ayush practitioners in the wake of objections and protests by the allopathic community, the Dental Council of India has made a proposal to the Medical Council of India to undertake a three-year MBBS bridge course for the BDS graduates.
According to sources, the MCI is seriously considering the proposal and it is likely to be realized with the support of all categories of the modern medical professionals.
This information was shared with the faculties and students of medical sciences and pharmacy in Chennai by the president of the Dental Council of India, Dr.Dibyendu Mazumder.
He was delivering a lecture on ‘The Janaki MGR Endowment Oration’ at the department of dental sciences at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute after inaugurating the oral maxillofacial pathology post graduates national convention.
Speaking on the subject, ‘Dentistry in Changing Times’, Dr. Mazumdar said, in dental colleges all over India, from next year onwards, biometric attendance system will be introduced for faculties and post graduate students. In several institutions the PG students are not regularly attending the classes. Once in a week they come as ‘visiting students’ like visiting faculties.
According to the DCI president, the Council has also made one proposal for starting a one year fellowship program for MDS doctors in any specialty. DCI plans to give a period of three years to those who do PhD in their own MDS specialty by which after one year as lecturer they can be promoted as a reader.
As per the new law regarding courses in dental sciences, all the institutions need to be affiliated to a medical college. From the academic year 2019, with a view to curb mushrooming growth of dental colleges, the recently introduced rule that no new dental colleges will be sanctioned if they are not affiliated to medical colleges will be strictly implemented, he added.
Further, Dr.Mazumder wanted all the state governments to appoint a dental surgeon in every public health centre as bad oral hygiene is the root cause of many ailments and the rural people have very poor oral health practices. There is also a need to set up independent dental directorates in states on the lines of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand, he said.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr.P.V.Vijayaraghavan said SRMC & RI has pioneered competency based curriculum with continuous formative assessment of students which can be considered by the Dental Council of
Dr.B.K.Das and Dr.Chaitanya Babu president and Secretary of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dr.S.P.Thyagarajan Dean Research, SRMC and Dr.C.Ravindran, Dean, Sri Ramachandra Dental College were among those who participated in the events