Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Noman Ahmed

The Express Tribune

Published Date: Feb 26, 2015

Reforms in education: Dentistry students to study an additional year

KARACHI: Prospective dentistry students will have to undergo five years of study from the next academic year to complete their graduation in the discipline.

This was decided by the vice-chancellors of Pakistan’s medical universities in a meeting with representatives of the Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Wednesday.

The modification in the four-year Bachelor’s of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree, will also reflect in its name as the new five-year programme will be referred to as the ‘Doctor of Dental Surgery’ (DDS), said Dr SM Tariq Rafi, the Jinnah Sindh Medical University’s vice-chancellor.

“The resolution, with the final approval of the PMDC and the federal HEC, will be implemented to meet international standards in dental education,” said Dr Rafi, adding that Pakistani dentistry graduates at present face issues in acquiring equivalence to practice in other countries because they fail to meet the required number of credit hours.

Prof Dr Noshad Ahmed Shaikh, vice-chancellor at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, said that the additional year of study will comprise courses that are deemed compulsory in American dental schools.

The step will, however, result in extra financial burden for the parents of dentistry students, said a head of dental section at a public-sector dental college, while requesting not to be named. “The step will only be beneficial for students who wish to pursue further studies or practice the profession abroad,” said the official. “We should see whether this modification is substantial in order to meet the
needs of the country’s dental healthcare, which already comes with an exorbitant price-tag.”

Source : http://tribune.com.pk/story/844189/reforms-in-education-dentistry-students-to-study-an-additional-year/