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DNB equivalent to MD, but not in Teaching: Parliamentary panel on NMC Bill


DNB equivalent to MD, but not in Teaching: Parliamentary panel on NMC Bill

New Delhi: Putting forward its recommendations on the changes to be made in the proposed National Medical Commission Bill, the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare has put forward the recommendation stating that with the coming of National Medical Commission,  DNB qualification which is awarded by NBE shall be equal in all respects to the post-graduate qualification and the super-specialty qualification, respectively, as granted under this Act with the exception in teaching in medical colleges as they do not take DNB education in a medical college

It is reported Clause 36 of the National Medical Council Bill provides for recognition of medical qualifications granted by statutory or other bodies in India which are covered by the categories listed in the Schedule. The clause was met with a demand from the DNB candidates across the country demanding the equivalence be granted to the degree in all respects to MD/MS degrees.

Ms. Sujatha Rao, former Health Secretary, when asked for opinion before the committee suggested merging NBE to have one MD degree.

The central government came out in support of existence of DNB degrees adding that -“DNB course, on account of its design, allows post-graduate education in comparatively smaller towns which may not have medical colleges. This would help in improving the geographical location of PG seats. Moreover, there is a severe shortage of faculty for medical colleges. To meet the expanded demand for faculty, we need to recognise DNB as equivalent to specialist.”

The committee after going through the submissions made by all the stakeholders concluded

The Committee notes that India has two parallel systems of Post Graduate Medical Education i.e. MD and DNB. The Committee recommends that the Diplomate of National Board, granted by the National Board of Examinations, in broad specialty course and super-specialty course shall be equal in all respects to the post-graduate qualification and the super-specialty qualification, respectively, as granted under this Act with the exception in teaching in medical colleges as they do not take DNB education in a medical college.

The Rajya Sabha Committee also observed that post the Commission, the DNB and other degrees awarded by National Board of Examinations would be brought under the Commission for award of Common Degrees. This is indeed in contrast to the current system, where the degrees are awarded by National Board of Examinations, and are given recognition by inclusion in the Schedule 1 of the Indian Medical Council Act

With the coming into force of this Act, all the post-graduate education programmes being conducted by the National Board of Examinations will be brought under the purview of the Commission for award of common degrees.


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  1. 2 problems…. One which is\”superior\”..MD or DNB. Two how to bridge the shortage of teaching faculties for quality education.
    My take… Let the training happen as it is… Govt medical colleges, Private medical colleges or private recognised hospitals. But have only one examination for all cadres exactly on the DNB pattern, and taking the bias of external and internal examiners…
    Second all those who want to go to teaching should undergo Train the Trainer courses and qualify to teach.
    No one should have a passport to all the good things in life.

  2. Patients are suffering in Semi urban private medical colleges & hospitals for high fees and cost of MD education. Please stop the corruption by letting DNB courses to run in private medical colleges. DNB is the key for shortage of semi urban education

  3. If the so called MD specialists have reservations on working in rural medical colleges leave it to specialist DNBs who have this experience. They will sooth the rural souls.

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    ABID AKBAR SOFI March 25, 2018, 9:15 am

    Practical training is also poor in many medical colleges but passing DNB exams is difficult for everyone and if candidates from medical colleges appear in DNB exams, only 10% will pass. DNB is much superior than MD/ MS. It takes only one year of training in medical colleges for DNB candidates to come at par with MD/MS candidates in hands on training and practical knowledge, but what is the criteria for MD/ MS students to come at par with DNB candidates in theoretical as well as clinical knowledge. And hence I feel both degrees are equivalent , whatever lacunae remain in DNB or MD/MS candidates , are fulfilled over a passage of time, whether in teaching or non teaching institutions.

  5. Finish reservation in medical sciences may be exeption of sc/ st