THE DENTAL Council of India (DCI) has planned to introduce a grading system for dental colleges in the country.
Grades will be given for academic standards provided on the campus. This system will be applicable for all the 225 dental colleges in the country. The aim is to rate colleges ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C’ or ‘D’ for the standard of education and infrastructure.
This will also give admission seekers an idea about the standard of education and other facilities being provided by the college. Besides, the college authorities will be motivated to upgrade facilities to remain at the top.
This decision was taken at the DCI executive body meeting, held recently in New Delhi, to regulate teaching and treatment standards in view of the rising number of colleges.
“Every year, nearly two-dozen new colleges come up. But, these fail to provide required teaching and infrastructure facilities to the students, staff and patients coming to the hospital wing,” said a DCI executive body member.
As per the new grading system, faculty members will be given marks for strength and qualification. So, if two institutes have equal number of faculty, the one whose teaching staff has more research papers against their names will be higher ranked. That apart, institutes having teachers of national and international repute will earn additional points.
Points will also be allotted for the quality of construction, staff and student residential facilities and the campus size.
The new system will run parallel to the existing system of inspection done to approve and accredit a new college.
A circular has been issued to all the dental colleges in the country to furnish a list of faculty along with BDS and MDS students in the college to the DCI. It has also been decided that faculty appointment in dental colleges can only be done after DCI gives permission.
According to DCI members, the step will also help to restrict burgeoning dental colleges, as applications for 65 more institutes are pending. This despite the executive body recently rejecting 10 applications.