‘IAP ready to spend Rs. 10 lakh for revising it’
The curriculum of paediatrics education in the country has not been revised for a decade and the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) is ready to spend Rs. 10 lakh for updating it, academy president C.P. Bansal said here on Sunday.
He was speaking at the valedictory of a two-day national conference on paediatrics education here.
Dr. Bansal said there was an urgency to revise the curriculum for making medical students good doctors. The academy could sanction Rs. 10 lakh to the cell of heads of departments of medical colleges (of paediatrics education) for revising the curriculum, he said.
Stressing on the importance of imparting practical-oriented education rather than examination-oriented education, he said medical knowledge was important for a teacher. Dr. Bansal said examination-oriented education in undergraduate and postgraduate levels was affecting the quality of paediatrics education. He said such a system should be questioned as many undergraduate students were busy studying for postgraduate admission during their internship instead of focusing on getting practical experience.
Dr. Bansal said the academy had prepared modules of management of six common diseases — diarrhoea, pneumonia, typhoid, tuberculosis, dengue and malaria. Those modules, however, were not being used much by medical colleges for teaching students, he said.
Doctors and teachers at the two-day conference deliberated upon various aspects of improving the quality of paediatrics education.