|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1
Urgent need to revamp dental education curriculum
Govindool Sharaschandra Reddy
Discipline of Endodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
|Date of Web Publication||6-Feb-2017|
Govindool Sharaschandra Reddy
Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Reddy GS. Urgent need to revamp dental education curriculum. Adv Hum Biol 2017;7:1
Dentistry is fast changing in India at a pace not thought of by any visionary who had managed to convince the need to open numerous dental schools to overcome the shortage of dentists.
The need to change the pattern of dental education or the curriculum has never been thought of by the statutory body governing dental educational quality in India.
Cosmetic changes have time and again been imposed on dental schools in the form of acquiring newer materials or equipment with no guidelines for any training needs to be met by the managements of institutions to the staff who are in turn training hundreds of students every year.
The staff themselves are penalised by the system for choosing to be academicians in the form of requisites of academic research paper publication to be promoted, for which no support is either extended by the management of institutions nor the statutory body of the government asking for the same.
Given this scenario, there is a constant attrition of academicians either to private clinical practice in the country as termed 'Brain Waste' or migrating to foreign countries so termed 'Brain Drain'.
The confidence levels in the profession of our country have never been this low thanks to the radical policies implemented so far.
Youngsters who have just graduated from their bachelors do not even want to continue their higher education in dentistry and are looking for other options, so the very purpose of the so-called needs of dental surgeons has been defeated.
What is making them so in confident in the profession?
First and foremost our dental education standards are among the lowest in the world if compared to achievements in other fields in the country. Students are not able to crack dental entrance examination for the masters and those who can are opting to clear licensing board examination that allow them to practice abroad or examinations that allow them to pursue higher education abroad.
This is a serious understatement when it comes to the quality of research that is being done during the masters in our country. Every academician I have spoken to has confessed to the facts that there is a serious lack of training to both the teacher and the students taught by them with regards to biostatistics, research methodologies, research techniques and last but not the least, the most important - research ethics.
No university that I know of has anti-plagiarism software that is being used by researchers and students alike to evaluate their work before submitting to the university or for publication.
We need to ask ourselves of what we have come to being the country with the largest pool of underrated dentists or can this be changed to bring optimism to the few flag bearers in the academic section of the profession to look forward to brighter days ahead.