DOCTORS AGAINST CORRUPTION…Measures Being Designed to Combat Corruption in Dental Education:
In India, dental education falls into two:
- The domain of local government units,(very few) and
- Institutions are run by the Private managements.
Corruption in our dental education system has distorted both the quality and availability of dental education services. It has a negative influence ,and, by affecting even the youngest citizens(students)- a sustainable impact on our nation's socio-economic and political development.
Where corruption is widespread, tackling it in isolation is likely to be ineffective, as sustainable anti-corruption efforts depend on other institutions also performing their part - together with appropriate degrees of horizontal accountability and independence.
The encouragement of a holistic approach to fighting corruption, which encompasses a systematic analysis of the socio-economical and political context of the country in question, of the capacities of its institutions, and of their effectiveness in an effort to design an all-encompassing strategy to sustainably reduce corrupt incentives across all parts of the public and private spheres.
While holistic reform has the potential to lead to sustainable good governance by acting on both the culture and the institution, i.e. by reducing the acceptability of corruption in the national public perception as well as by improving accountability mechanisms and removing corrupt incentives, it will only work if supported by a strong and continuously displayed political will and only produces visible results in the medium to long term. Furthermore, the need to tackle problems at the microlevel
A targeted approach to curbing corruption in the education system would involve an analysis of the factors contributing to the existence and persistence of corruption in the sector, of the types of corruption most prevalent, and of the stakeholders of a corruption-free education system in an effort to directly and positively affect its overall performance. A targeted approach presents the advantage of immediate visibility of the reform outcome, but needs to be followed-up by more comprehensive, systemic measures in order to make the improvement sustainable.