In the general meeting of Dental Council of India (DCI) held on September 30 and October 1, the council suggests that the qualifying marks of NEET be dropped from 40% to 30% so that the vacant seats in dental colleges across India could be filled.
DCI also suggested that there must be reservation for students who belong to the BPL (below poverty line) segment. It further added that every dental college should have 5 seats reserved for such students.
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Member of DCI from Punjab, Dr. Vikas Jindal, who is also a dental surgeon, informed that many other decisions were made by DCI to enhance the oral health of the community. The DCI will start interacting with the rural population to increase awareness regarding oral health.
Jindal also added that the dental health cards have been approved by the DCI and has been interacting with state governments for monitoring pregnant women and providing them with better health care facilities.
Various oral health surveys will also be conducted by the DCI to determine the oral health levels of the rural community. Awareness programs will also be started in schools by various dental colleges. DCI members will take up villages to regulate the oral health of people and will report the matters to the respective state governments.
The DCI has also decided to take strong action against those who introduce random dental colleges and encourage the practice with self-styled degrees without the approval of the body. Action will also be taken against those dental surgeons who self-promote themselves and those who are involved in unethical practices.