TO UPGRADE educational standards in dental colleges in the country, the Dental Council of India (DCI) is working on a novel idea. It plans to make the concept of ‘visiting faculty’ official.
Once the plan rolls on, eminent dentists running private clinics and hospitals will be able to authoritatively teach in dental colleges, which otherwise was not permitted under the council’s academic regulations.
In colleges, the visiting faculty are often shown as regular teachers despite the fact that they take lectures only once or twice a week. Colleges adopt this practice to meet the shortage of faculty and dodge DCI, as mushrooming of dental colleges has left lesser options for appointing regular teachers on the campus.
During a surprise inspection of the colleges, the DCI members blacklisted 22 such visiting teachers in the past three months, which brought about a confrontation between the council and the colleges. However, to avoid confrontation and upgrade educational standards, the DCI is now planning to give permission for appointing the ‘guest faculty’ formally with ideal perks per lecture. The proposal is under consideration of the DCI executive committee and the decision is expected in the second week of October.