Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

: 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5--6

Periodontology: Narrative versus optics

Harpreet Singh Grover 
 Secretary,Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48(Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027, India

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Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary,Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48(Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027

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'Teachers have crucial roles to play in preparing young people not only to face the future with confidence but to build it with purpose and responsibility. The importance of the role of the teacher as an agent of change, promoting the understanding and tolerance, has never been more obvious than today' (Delors Commission Report, 1996).

The pivotal role of teacher in moulding the future of the pupils as well as the entire nation is very lucidly highlighted in the Delors Commission Report. In almost every society and culture teachers have been described as a person who is in possession of certain attributes, core competencies, qualities and traits to be a winner both in classroom and society as a whole.

Coming to the task at hand, conference after conference we are witnessing a diminishing and dwindling response of our students and even faculty at times, towards lectures and scientific presentations, sometimes delivered by the best national/international names in the business. Astronomical sums in terms of remunerations involved; apart from precious manhours and human resources are invested in coordinating between the speakers, sponsors and organisers. It is arduous to say the least for all concerned and the results of this mammoth exercise are there in front of everyone to see.

Our student community already overfed on an overdose of narrative in the form of lectures/seminars/journal clubs/presentations in the classrooms, simply refuse to eat more especially when there are added seasonings that maybe unpalatable to many; in the form of accent, diction, slang etc., of the much tomtomed speaker who not known to us invariably is battling battles of his own -what between the jetlag, the famed Indian hospitality, a bit of local sightseeing and the oft seen incompatibility with theirs and ours audiovisual gadgets. Likely outcomes more often than not are loss of precious resources to loss of face at times.

Enough of narrative! My suggestion is the sooner we shift to optics the better it is for all stakeholders. With the kind of resources available with the organisers it is no big deal to bring the best known exponents of their craft to conduct workshops and mini courses where hands-on is the key. Let us not relegate them to sidelines by giving them a tag of pre-conference. Let us start treating them as main conference events and do them at a bigger, grander scale for a much wider number of participants. We must conduct student polls during conventions and conferences to know about their preferred hands-on courses which they would want to be included in the next big ticket program they would be attending. The onus to conduct these polls should be on the local organising committees working in tandem with the HO. As it is all good conference venues have no space crunch and it is certainly heartbreaking to see huge halls bereft of audiences in majority of lectures.

Being an educator is not just simply about sharing knowledge it is about ensuring that learners truly imbibe and integrate this knowledge and derive pleasure out of this learning exercise. Any teaching that does not result in effective learning is meaningless. Therefore to be an effective teacher one needs to be able to deliver the domain knowledge using the most suitable pedagogical tools.

Happy learning to all of us because 'seeing is believing and seeing live is believing forever'. Move over narrative it's time for the optics.

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