Course period to improve by 6 months; semester and credit score system to be launched

Course period to improve by 6 months; semester and credit score system to be launched

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course is all set for an overhaul for the primary time in 74 years.

The resolution by the Dental Council of India, which falls underneath the Health Ministry, is geared toward bringing the undergraduate course on a par with international requirements, whereas making it extra job-oriented and up to date.

At current the BDS is a five-year course, which incorporates four-year lecturers and one yr of internship.

The proposed credit-based curriculum will be a five-and-a-half-year course, which incorporates four-and-a-half years of lecturers and one yr of rotational internship. Exam sample will shift from yearly to semester system the place the scholar has the choice to choose from the 50-60 elective topics supplied alongside. 

The elective topics embrace Ayurveda/ Homeopathy/ Unani/ Siddha Medicine dentistry, yogic sciences and dental drugs, implantology, laser dentistry, sports activities dentistry, 3D planning in orthodontics, palliative care dentistry, amongst others. “Students ought to full a minimum of 9 electives throughout all listed classes to graduate. Each elective shall carry two credit,” says the proposed draft.

“Maintaining requirements of a BDS undergraduate on a par with or exceeding the altering international requirements, enhancing the standard of dental care throughout the nation, educating dentists about dynamic moral issues – are among the many hallmarks of the proposed change. The upgraded syllabus may even guarantee pay equality with medical graduates and encourage college students from neighbouring international locations to come research in India,’’ stated Anil Kumar Chandna, govt member, the Dental Council of India.

According to the proposed draft, the choice-based credit score system will encourage college students to diversify their information with electives and persevering with schooling credit. “Dental faculties are anticipated to transition in direction of complete oral well being care coaching and in addition spotlight the expertise enhancement required to keep international requirements,’’ Dr. Chandna defined.

The proposed curriculum, which may be introduced in as early as the subsequent educational session, could have 9 semesters plus one yr paid obligatory rotatory internship (CRI) in dental faculties, with a minimal of 240 instructing days in every educational yr.

Apart from the obligatory 9 electives, “universities can create extra electives in every class based mostly on the altering wants of society and the suggestions of the assorted stakeholders / educational council. Task sharing / job shifting programs shall be designed to enhance employability of graduates in transdisciplinary positions as healthcare employees,” states the draft.

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