Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

: 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 216-

Hon. Gen. Secretary's message

MB Aswath Narayanan 
 Hon. Gen. Secretary, IAPHD, Mathuram, Plot No. 161, Door No. 5, Murugu Nagar, Fifth Street, Velachery, Chennai - 600 042, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. M B Aswath Narayanan
Hon. Gen. Secretary, IAPHD, Mathuram, Plot No. 161, Door No. 5, Murugu Nagar, Fifth Street, Velachery, Chennai - 600 042, Tamil Nadu

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Hearty wishes from the Head Office,

I still remember the first time I was an examiner. It was in 1996 September (4 years was not compulsory then!). I felt an enormous responsibility on my shoulders as I thought as to how Dr. Shankar Aradhya my teacher or Dr. Hyderali my examiner would have conducted themselves. I considered it a great honor to be sitting on the other side of the chair.

My initial forays all over the country, due to the shortage of examiners was euphoric which slowly waned as the numbers increased (I have conducted eight exams in one month sometimes). But a small discussion with Dr. Aradhya on how important a job it is to send out a successful student and at the same time how socially wrong it is to send a poorly qualified student to the world outside, changed my outlook again. I evolved into a mature examiner, constantly reminding myself that a student who has put in a lot of effort (completing the quotas on time, punctual, minimal absence, and losing sleep over each small class test) must be rated well above someone lesser than him. Even today an examination, be it BDS or MDS, an examination is sacrosanct.

Unfortunately nowadays, I find a lot of my colleagues declining examinations and paper valuations as the dates and the college locations are not convenient - for various reasons!! I feel it all the more embarrassing, now that the DCI has made both examiners from our speciality mandatory. I request that no room be given for any complaint against our branch. Wherever possible suggest an alternate member of our own speciality for the declined examination.

Another important milestone in Public Health Dentistry was the grand celebration of "Public Health Dentistry Day" on 19 th June 2015 during the inaugural ceremony of 9 th National PG Convention of IAPHD held at Nellore. I hope this will herald a new beginning for Public Health Dentistry in India

Wishing all everlasting health