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Dental Council for MBBS bridge course for BDS students

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The (DCI) has urged the Centre to introduce a three-year MBBS bridge course for Bachelor of (BDS) graduates so that they could work as full-fledged MBBS doctors.

If BDS graduates are allowed to pursue and complete the three-year bridge course, they could serve in the rural areas of the country for four to five years, DCI Prof said here today.

"We are awaiting the clearance from the Medical Council of (MCI) in this connection," Majumdar said.

The DCI, he said, is also trying to convince the central government that much importance was required to be given to oral care since 40 to 45 per cent of all pertained to the oral cavity alone.

"There is a huge budget for and the DCI is asking for a separate budget for oral health," Majumdar said while speaking at a programme, which was held under the aegis of the of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (SOA), a deemed university.

Majumdar said the government has already agreed to the proposal to allow dental surgeons to give death certificates in case a patient died while undergoing treatment in a dental clinic or hospital.

The DCI is making efforts to ensure that the dental students were exposed to lectures by eminent teachers which would be made available to them through the web.

"It will not cost the institutions anything as DCI will bear the expenditure," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 16:40 IST