The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Committee has recommended revising curriculum for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).

PMDC spokesperson Hina Shaukat Kiyani told this agency on Monday that the recommendation of revision was made in a recent meeting of Postgraduate dental education Committee.

She added that the convener of the committee Principal Sardar Begum, Dental College, Peshawar Dr Shaheed Iqbal was of the view that there was an enormous need of improvement in the BDS curriculum as it had not been revised for the last 10 years.

Dr Shaheed said that owing to rapid changes in the dental education, curriculum needed to be revised according to the international standards, she informed. Sharing details of the meeting Hina said that the BDS course will be of 5 years on wards. The committee recommended moratorium on opening of new dental colleges to the Council as there is a big shortage of teachers and Faculty.

The spokesperson said that it was suggested that medical universities, institutions should promote level-III qualifications in dental education to overcome the shortage of teachers in dental profession, and added that to encourage doctors to avail the postgraduate degrees, these institutions could offer scholarships also.

Member of the Postgraduate Committee Dr Khurshid Nasim (Member of PMDC) also emphasized on the importance of the curriculum revision," Hina informed.

The revision of the curriculum will be equally integrated as well as modular, she quoted Dr Khurshid as saying.

The committee consisted of member PMDC (project director IM&DC), Dr Khurshid Nasim ,Head of dental section Bolan Medical College, Dr Ziaul Haq ,Associate Prof Khyber University, Dr Muslim Khan, Principal University College of Lahore), Dr Mughees Baig and a general practitioner, Dr Marghoob, the spokesperson said.