The Dental Council of India has sent a proposal to the Central government to increase the term of the BDS course from four years to five, incorporating a year of internship, similar to MBBS, its president Dibyendu Mazumdar said.
The proposal would be circulated to the States and responses would be sought within 15 days' time, Dr. Mazumdar added. By August 4, this process would be completed and once again forwarded to the Centre for notification. “I hope that by the end of August it would be notified by the government,” he said.
When notified, the five-year programme would be implemented for BDS students in all States (other than two which already have a five-year programme) except those going into the fourth year of study during the current academic year, he explained. In preparation for this proposal, he had toured the States, and had found overwhelming response to the idea among students.
Dr. Mazumder also appealed to State governments to set up dental clinics in rural areas, in order to serve the rural population and also enhance employment opportunities for the students graduating out of the 290 dental colleges in the country every year.