New Delhi: The union health ministry has approved the four-year academic course plus a year’s rotational compulsory paid internship for Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) students. The new 4+1 year BDS course will be applicable from the academic session of 2008-09. The existing five-year academic structure has no provision for compulsory internship.
In 2007, Dental Council of India (DCI) had changed the four-year BDS course into a five-year course on the pretext that enhancement of the course duration would not put any extra financial burden in the form of faculty or infrastructure. Moreover, institutions would be economically benefited by not paying the stipulated monthly internship allowance for one year, DCI had reasoned.
However, it was later felt that in the absence of surgery skills and clinical exposure gained during the internship, the professional quality of doctors was being undermined. DCI president Dr Dibyendu Mazumder, who pushed for the four-year BDS course plus internship, said that “internship helps the student become aware of nature of diseases and how to treat them.” [Source: Pioneer]