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After campaigning relentlessly for almost four years, dental students tasted victory with the health ministry and the Dental Council of India (DCI) conceding to their demand of keeping the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) a four-year course. The decision means the students can do their one-year internship after the completion of the four-year course.
In 2007, much to the discontent of students and teachers, the then DCI management increased the duration of the course to five years. It also did away with the internship programme. Recently, students made a representation before the DCI president, Dr. Dibyendu Mazumder, during his visit to Mumbai and told him that the new course structure deprived them of a chance to get practical experience. The students who met Mazumder also brought along with them letters from thousands of others in support of the old system. One of the students who met the DCI president said he had an open mind and gave weightage to their views. Dean of Government Dental College Dr. Mansingh Pawar told TOI that the students’ representation had a major role to play in scrapping of the 2007 course structure. He said the old course structure has already been implemented in 32 dental colleges in the state. "It will come into effect immediately. The 2007-08 batch will go for internships rather than complete the five-year course," he said. Pawar said the students will be given two additional months to prepare for the final. "They were supposed to appear for the exam in 2013, but it will be held in 2012," he said. BDS students, however, have to go for a three-month rural internship. The vice president of Maharashtra DCI, Dr. S. R. Kokade, said the final exam will be conducted in two semesters.
Courtesy: Times of India
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