Experts in education highlight benefits of various professional courses
HUBLI: "According to an estimate, only five per cent of the total population in the country go to a dentist for treatment. That means, if you choose to be a dentist, you have the remaining 95 per cent of the population to attend to," Bhaskar Rao, Principal of SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, and Vice-President, Dental Council of India, has said.
Delivering a special lecture after releasing a booklet on career guidance at the The Hindu EducationPlus pre-counselling guidance session for students taking up professional courses and their parents at Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur Kalabhavan here on Sunday.
He said there were 70,000 dentists in the country treating only five per cent of the population. That explained the scope for dentistry, he noted.
"Gone are the days when dentistry was looked down upon. Dentistry has undergone a drastic change over the years and even the medical field has now recognised it as a profession. Even the social status attached to the profession has undergone a drastic change," he said.
Elaborating on the benefits of becoming a dentist, he said there were many options for a student if he selected dental sciences. He listed out several super-speciality subjects related to dental sciences.
If a dental sciences student, after completing his studies, did not restrict himself to the four walls of his clinic, many opportunities would come his way and help him grow professionally, he said. Alka Kulkarni, Special Officer (Academics), Visvesvaraya Technological University, said that apart from computer science and information sciences, there were other branches of engineering that had great scope.
Making a presentation on "Engineering: An Array of Opportunities," Ms. Kulkarni threw light on the admission process for professional courses and listed out important things that students should follow before going for counselling. Ms. Kulkarni urged the students to develop soft skills to succeed in their profession.
Ashok Shettar, Principal, B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, said there was hardly any difference in the curriculum of computer science and information science and urged students to chose either of them.
Similarly, electronics and electrical branch (E&E) and, electronics and communication (E&C) had great scope. Many E&E students had been placed in IT companies, Dr. Shettar said.
"You need not be very brilliant to become a doctor. But you need to be hard working," said Niranjankumar, Medical Director, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad.
Listing out the requirements for opting for medical sciences, Dr. Niranjankumar advised students to go for medicine only if they had a love for the profession.