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    Section I

    Goals of Education and Training

    The curriculum is oriented towards educating students of B.D.S.

    Course to:

    1. Take up the responsibilities of Dental surgeon and be capable of functioning independently in both urban and rural environment.

    2. Provide educational experience that allows hands-on experience both in hospital as well as in community setting.

    3. Make maximum efforts to encourage integrated teaching and de-emphasize compartmentalization of disciplines so as to achieve horizontal and vertical integration in different phases.

    4. Offer educational experience that emphasizes heath and prevention of disease rather than only treatment of disease.

    5. Teach common problems of health and disease and the national programmes.

    6. Use learner oriented methods, which would encourage clarity of expression, independence of judgment, scientific habits, problem solving abilities, self initiated and self-directed learning.

    7. Use of active methods of learning such as group discussions, seminars, role play, field visits, demonstrations, peer interactions etc., which would enable students to develop personality, communication skills and other qualities which are necessary.

    Regular periodic assessment be done throughout the course. Examinations are designed with a view to assess not merely the knowledge but also practical and clinical skills, habits and values which are necessary for a

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    graduate to carry out professional day to day work competently.

    Towards achieving these goals following methodology is

    to be adopted.

    Evolve institutional objectives, in consonance with the national goals and health policy.

    Shift the role of Dental teachers from merely imparting knowledge to that of a facilitator and motivator of student learning.

    Continuing Professional Development programes for faculty development, preparation of learning resource materials and for improving evaluation methods.

    Section II

    Aims and Objectives of BDS Course

    AIMS The dental graduates during training in the institutions

    should acquire adequate knowledge, necessary skills and reasonable attitudes which are required for carrying out all activities appropriate to general dental practice involving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of anomalies and diseases of the teeth, mouth, jaws and associated tissues. The graduate also should understand the concept of community oral health education and be able to participate in the rural health care delivery programmes existing in the country.


    The objectives are dealt under three headings (a) Knowledge and Understanding (b) Skills and (c) Attitudes.

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    (A) KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: The graduate should acquire the following during the

    period of training. 1. Adequate knowledge of the scientific foundations on

    which dentistry is based and good understanding of various relevant scientific methods, principles of biological functions; ability to evaluate and analyse scientifically various established facts and data.

    2. Adequate knowledge of the development, structure and function of the teeth, mouth and jaws and associated tissues both in health and disease and their relationship and effect on general state of health and also bearing on physical and social well being of the patient.

    3. Adequate knowledge of clinical disciplines and methods which provide a coherent picture of anomalies, lesions and diseases of the teeth, mouth and jaws and preventive diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of dentistry.

    4. Adequate clinical experience required for general dental practice.

    5. Adequate knowledge of the constitution, biological function and behaviour of persons in health and sickness as well as the influence of the natural and social environment on the state of health in so far as it affects dentistry.

    (B) SKILLS: A graduate should be able to demonstrate the following

    skills necessary for practice of dentistry. 1. Diagnose and manage various common dental problems

    encountered in general dental practice keeping in mind the expectations and the right of the society to receive the best possible treatment available wherever possible.

    2. Prevent and manage complications if encountered while carrying out various surgical and other procedutres.

    3. Carry out certain investigative procedures and ability to interpret laboratory findings.

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    4. Promote oral health and help prevent oral diseases where possible.

    5. Control pain and anxiety among the patients during dental treatment.


    A graduate should develop during the training period the following attitudes.

    1. Willingness to apply the current knowledge of dentistry in

    the best interest of the patient and community. 2. Maintain a high standard of professional ethics and

    conduct and apply these in all aspects of professional life. 3. Seek to improve awareness and provide possible solutions

    for oral health problems and needs throughout the community.

    4. Willingness to participate in the CPED Programmes to update knowledge and professional skill from time to time.

    5. Help and participate in the implementation of the national oral health policy.

    Section III

    Regulations relating to B.D.S Course


    I. Admission to the Dental Course Eligibility Criteria

    No Candidate shall be allowed to be admitted to the Dental Curriculum

    of first Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Course until:

    1. He/she shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st

    December, of the year of admission to the BDS course;

    2. He/she has passed qualifying examination as under:-

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    a. The higher secondary examination or the Indian School

    Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher

    Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last

    two years of study comprising of physics, Chemistry, Biology

    and mathematics or any other elective subjects with English at a

    level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by

    the National Council for Educational Research and Training after

    the introduction of the 10+2+3 years educational structure as

    recommended by the National Committee on education;

    introduction of the 10+2+3 years educational structure as

    recommended by the National Committee on education;

    Note: Where the course content is not as prescribed for 10+2

    education structure of the National Committee, the candidates

    will have to undergo a period of one year pre-professional

    training before admission to the dental college;


    b. The intermediate examination in science of an Indian

    University/Board or other recognised examining body with

    physics, Chemistry and Biology which shall include a practical

    test in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject;

    c. The pre-professional /pre-medical examination with Physics,

    Chemistry and Biology, after passing either the higher secondary

    school examination, or the pre-university or an equivalent

    examination. The pre-professional/pre-medical examination shall

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    include a practical test in physics, Chemistry and Biology and

    also English as a compulsory subject;

    d. The first year of the three years degree course of a recognized

    university, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology including a

    practical test in three subjects provided the examination is a

    University Examination and candidate has passed 10+2 with

    English at a level not less than a core course;

    e. B.Sc. examination of an Indian University, provided that he/she

    has passed the B.Sc. examination with not less than two of the

    following subject Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)

    and further that he/she has passed the earlier qualifying

    examination with the following subjects-Physics, Chemistry,

    Biology and English.

    f. Any other examination which, in scope and standard is found to

    be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an

    Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology

    including practical test in each of these subjects and English.


    Marks obtained in Mathematics will not be considered for

    admission to BDS Course.

    After the 10+2 course is introduced, the integrated courses

    should be abolished.

    II. Selection of Students: (a) The selection of students shall be based

    solely on merit of the candidate.

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    (b) A competitive entrance examination will be held on as to achieve a

    uniform evaluation as there may be variation of standards at qualifying

    examinations conducted by different agencies;

    1. Procedure for selection to BDS course shall be as follows:-

    I. In case of admission on the basis of qualifying examination,

    candidate for admission to BDS course must have passed in the

    subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English individually

    and mist have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken

    together in physics, Chemistry, and Biology at the qualifying

    examination. In respect of candidates belonging to scheduled

    Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes, the

    marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken

    together in qualifying examination be 40% instead of 50% as

    above and must have passing marks in English.