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DNB Degree NOT Sufficient: CAT sets aside appointment of AIIMS Assistant Professor


DNB Degree NOT Sufficient: CAT sets aside appointment of AIIMS Assistant Professor

According to MCI regulations, a candidate having a DNB certificate on the basis of training in a hospital not recognized by MCI would become equivalent to MD if only an additional year of residency, that too in an MCI recognised hospital, is undergone by the candidate.

New Delhi: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has set aside the appointment of a doctor as Assistant Professor of Hospital Administration at AIIMS, saying she did not possess the requisite qualification for the post.

A bench of CAT Chairman Justice L Narasimha Reddy and administrative member Aradhana Johri were of the view that the degree of Diplomate of National Board (DNB) held by her was not sufficient and she needed to undergo an additional year of residency in a hospital recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

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The tribunal said that according to the MCI’s regulations on minimum qualifications for teachers in medical institutions, a person holding a DNB degree from a non-MCI recognised institute had to undergo four years of total training.

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The CAT said that of the four years of training, one year had to be in an MCI recognised hospital according to the regulations.

“It is not in dispute that respondent 3 (Dr Kanika Jain) did not undergo this type of training or residency. The inescapable conclusion is that the selection and consequential appointment of respondent 3 is vitiated.

“We, therefore, allow this original application and set aside the appointment of respondent 3 as Assistant Professor of Hospital Administration. Respondent 1 (AIIMS) shall fill the vacancy with the next available candidate from the concerned category, in the merit list,” the bench said.

The tribunal’s decision came on the plea by three doctors, who had also applied for the post of Assistant Professor of Hospital Administration in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

They had challenged Jain’s appointment on the ground that she did not have the requisite qualifications.

Jain, in her defence, had claimed that her DNB degree was equivalent to an MD degree and therefore, she was qualified for the post.

She had also argued that AIIMS had selected and appointed her to the post after it was satisfied that she had the requisite qualification.

The tribunal, however, held that according to the MCI regulations, a candidate having a DNB certificate on the basis of training in a hospital not recognized by MCI would become equivalent to MD if only an additional year of residency, that too in an MCI recognised hospital, is undergone by the candidate.

A DNB degree is awarded by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to candidates who successfully completed their postgraduate or postdoctoral medical education under it.

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Source: PTI

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    Dr Niraj kumar March 25, 2019, 8:12 am

    Dnb board should be scrapped. If not equality with MD , then why board is running. Govt should rethink.

  2. All indian degrees are fraud

  3. user
    ABHISHEK PARASHAR September 5, 2018, 2:34 am

    I feel u have been mis represented …. Dr kAnika Jain.
    U should argue in the higher court that your degree was & is equivalent to md/ms at the time you entered the course as promised by nbe and mci at the same time.
    MCI regulation have come at a later date and so it\’s rule can\’t be applied retrospectively.
    Simply put u can\’t be held guilty of a crime if the law does not exist by creating a law afterwards.

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    Maj Gen RP Choubey ( Retd) September 4, 2018, 6:24 pm

    Dear friends,
    DNB & MS/MD are equal qualification if a DNB certificate holder wants to practice his/her speciality. Its only not equivalent if a DNB certificate holder wants to pursue an academic career.
    This problem of de-recognition of equivalence of DNB & MS/MD by the MCI for the academic career has cropped up because of the greed rather than the need. MCI has clarified in its answers to FAQs on the subject and its logic is that a candidate who has undergone DNB training in a non-MCI recognised institution, do not possess adequate research experience, for which they need additional one year of training in a MCI recognised institution.( This was an MCI old regulation, which has now been amended from June, 2017, whereby if a candidate has undergone DNB training in a non MCI recognised institution, has to undergo 03 years of training as junior resident in a MCI recognised institution to become eligible for the post of Senior Resident). Matter has been taken up with the MCI for reconsideration to revert back to the old criteria. As so many nursing homes have been accredited for the award of DNB, MCI has changed its policy because lots of Nursing homes and small hospitals do not have teachers & clinical material for the proper training & teaching.

  5. what about DGO DNB both from govt medical college (MCI recognized)?

  6. It qualifies for AP


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