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MD-DNB Equivalence: Delhi HC STAYS CAT decision preventing DNB candidate from joining AIIMS as assistant professor

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MD-DNB Equivalence: Delhi HC STAYS CAT decision preventing DNB candidate from joining AIIMS as assistant professor

New Delhi: In a major relief to a DNB candidate aspiring to pursue her  career in the field of medical academia at AIIMS, the Delhi HC recently stayed the Central Administrative Tribunal order (CAT) that 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.

Noting that the matter needed some consideration, the Delhi HC Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Rekha Palli, listed the matter for January 2019, noting that till that time ” Till the next date of hearing, operation of the impugned judgment shall remain stayed.”

Medical Dialogues had earlier narrated the CAT order as the  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).

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.

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

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“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.

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

The matter of MD- DNB equivalence is currently before the MCI Board of Governors, and is expected to reach a decision soon.

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    Dr Parthasarathy B M October 23, 2018, 10:52 am

    Wonder why the MD,MS post graduates want to take DNB Exams, shows they value this more & the US,British,Canada give more importance to DNB than MS/MD. The NBE should decide whether post MS, MD should be allowed to take DNB Exams as MCI thinks differently regarding DNB. Opinion.

  2. Good decision because DNB candidates are more competent and skilled in clinical medicine compare to MD candidates so court decision is really appreciable.

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    Dr Kshitij Sisodia October 20, 2018, 4:57 pm

    I am amazed at the hypocrisy of people around. I am M. S. D. N. B. (general surgery) DNB, MCh (surgical gastroenterology) GB Pant, New Delhi. I dropped 3 years each to secure M.S and MCh seat and qualified DNB exit exam quiet easily if not a cake walk. Tough is to get selected for 3 MCh seats out of 412 post MS and DNB aspirants which I did in 2014, as no matter how hard each try 409 will go home. Rest all training, academics is nothing as everyone will do it. DNB and MCh are like a district magistrate in which the latter is selected through an IAS level and the former through a lateral route, while agreeing any of them can be a better administrator.

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    Dr Gitumoni Sharma October 20, 2018, 4:23 pm

    We had passed the CET,then internal DNB PG entrance test to secure a seat.Underwent tough training.When in 3rd year had started training the SR’s who had come from medical colleges who didn’t know many of the basic things because they didn’t see the instruments we were exposed to.We passed out after appearing in the centralised PG exit examination which was like giving an FRCS exam.Why is it not equivalent to MS/MD…tough to understand.Even the DNB training institute are reluctant to give faculty posts because of this MCI reluctance.We are left with doing only private practice,which we t doing and flourishing

  5. So many DM n MD candidates also fail dnb exams. Dnb has entrance n very tough exit exams. Last but not the least most of examiners are MD and DM only. Passing rate dismal. Every doctor will be agreeing that passing DNB itself is a certificate how the candidate had the training n knowledge.

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