Dental Education and Culture of Bangladesh
Dr. Moh. Abdul Momin Ph.D, FICD
Dental Education system: There are eighty six public and private universities with twelve Dental colleges in Bangladesh. The BDS course is for five years included one year internship training. The lecture and examinations in English. There are sixty five students admission to each dental college for every year. Presently, in total there are about five thousand dental surgeons in Bangladesh. The dental surgeon usually received the practice license (by Bangladesh Medical and Dental council) and university certificate after graduation of university at the same time.
Culture and society: Bangladesh is a hierarchical society. People are respected because of their age and position and older people are naturally viewed as wise and are granted respect. Bangladeshis expect the most senior male, by age or position, to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group. This is also valid in businesses, the majority of which will be family owned/run. Religion: The majority (about 95%) of Bangladeshis are Muslim, rest of 5% are Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian. There is a strong tradition of music, dance, and literature that includes classical devotions of Hindu and Muslim music.
Autumn (September to October): the land turns into a carpet of bright green rice shoots while the smell of drying jute invades the air. Flowers bloom, the rice ripens and the harvest begins. Although the air is humid, there is a slight chill late at night.
Late autumn (October to November): during this season, the land is at its luscious best. It marks the start of the wedding season where receptions are held under red, blue, green or white tents.
Winter (November to December): from mid-November to early January, the weather becomes more arid and less humid. The earth dries and dust forms. Warm clothes are pulled out.
Spring (December to February): the coolest days are from mid-December to February when the days are golden with light, the flowers are blooming and the nights and early mornings are chilly. In this season is suitable for traveling in Bangladesh.
Summer (March to May): the weather warms up a bit each day until March 1, when the heat starts intensifying more rapidly. The soil turns a dusty khaki and then almost white.
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Acknowledgements: I would like to thank Dr. Koji Hashimoto for reviewed this article.
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