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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 148-151

Perception of Dental Education in India among Dental Students and Staffs - A Pilot Survey


1 Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.S.R. Institute Of Dental Science & Research, K.S.R. Kalvi Nagar, Tiruchengode-637215, Namakkal, India
2 lecturer Dept. of Periodontia., K.S.R. Institute Of Dental Science & Research, K.S.R. Kalvi Nagar, Tiruchengode-637215, Namakkal, India
3 Student Internee, K.S.R. Institute Of Dental Science & Research, K.S.R. Kalvi Nagar, Tiruchengode-637215, Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Aim of the Study: To determine the perception of dental students and faculty members about dental education in India. Materials and Methods: A pilot survey was conducted and close ended questionnaire was used. Study consisted of 131 undergraduate dental students and 42 U.G and P.G faculty members of K.S.R. Institute of Dental Science and Research. Results: It was elicited that the dental educational system is more an exam oriented approach rather than knowledge oriented one. It was found that there was an unfavourable response for transparency in dental education. Analysis showed that due to fewer seats in the government sector, higher education in dentistry is a nightmare after completion of B.D.S course. It was also revealed that the quality of life in rural areas can be improved by providing financial assistance for setting up practise and peripheral centres by the government through educational institutions, as was the opinion of the faculty members. Conclusion: Efforts are to be taken by the government and DCI to improve the ''Quality of Life" of both professionals and public by providing more learning opportunities, by providing more U.G and P.G seats in government sector, to enhance the level of knowledge and attitude of the dental students and to improve the dentist's patient ratio in rural areas.


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