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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 306

In response to editorial: Emerging trends in postgraduation education

1 Professor and HOD, Department of Orthodontics, AIDSR, Bathinda, Punjab, India
2 Professor, Department of Orthodontics, AIDSR, Bathinda, Punjab, India
3 Reader, Department of Orthodontics, AIDSR, Bathinda, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication17-Oct-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Amanish Singh Shinh
Dr. Amanish Singh Shinh, Department of Orthodontics, AIDSR, Bathinda, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jios.jios_181_18

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Shinh AS, Singla P, Kaur A. In response to editorial: Emerging trends in postgraduation education. J Indian Orthod Soc 2018;52:306

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Shinh AS, Singla P, Kaur A. In response to editorial: Emerging trends in postgraduation education. J Indian Orthod Soc [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Apr 22];52:306. Available from: http://www.jios.in/text.asp?2018/52/4/306/243604

Dear Editor,

At the onset, I congratulate you for a brave, upright and thought-provoking editorial “Emerging trends in PG education.” I must say that “Better late than never.” This editorial comes as a perfect sequel to our survey published in JIOS in the year 2017.

The die-hard teaching fraternity of the country should rate it high on academic, intellectual stimulation. Teacher of today is dealing with an entirely different category of students and is rather in a dilemma of how to deal with them. It is either the “Generation Gap” or our inability to decipher the hieroglyphics of their value system, ideas, and thought process.

Although not generalized, but “Curious case of missing student” is a matter of grave concern as evident from the past few PG conventions. The students tend to be everywhere in a city other than the convention halls. Presentations for them, by faculty and by themselves have started looking like mere formalities. Ideas like compulsive biometrics may increase the physical presence for fulfilling requirements laid down by their departments but can it guarantee mental presence and increased productivity?

Observation from regional conferences such as Pragnya and Orthoanumaan held at smaller places are although encouraging and has seen students sitting through academic sessions until the end. Does this mean that conventions be held at places of low tourist interest to ensure students being in academic sessions than in clubs, pubs, resorts, and beaches?

Whatever said and done, the onus still lies on us, the people who chose to be teachers. We cannot get disillusioned and declare “NO HOPE.” As per your observation, the country still has excellent departments with HODs and their teams as fast moving engines providing the best to their students. However, vice versa is also true.

The serious intellectual, academic think tank of orthodontists of the nation must get together sooner than earlier to amalgamate their ideas. Change is the only constant, and we must come on the same page on issues like as follows:

  • Uniform and universally accepted PG curriculum within confines of the Dental Council of India regulations and syllabus for both UGs and PG teaching
  • Modern teaching methods such as problem-based learning, the objective structured clinical examination, and the objective structured physical examination should be introduced for a competence-based education
  • Last but not the least, wish list of PG students be given a sincere second thought and sessions on stress management, life improvement, and time management be added to conventions so that they can manage their academic burden better.

Liking for other specialties is increasing every day with orthodontics no more at the top slot. It should be taken as a wakeup call. An ordinary teacher tells, a good teacher explains, and an excellent teacher inspires.

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