August 15, 2007

MCI asks DNB qualified professors to quit Medical education

At a time when medical colleges are facing severe faculty shortage, the Medical Council of India has dropped a bombshell: remove teachers with Diplomate of National Board (DNB) qualification.

Ironically, a majority of the medical teaching staff have only DNB qualification. Following the MCI directive, colleges have been giving teachers the pink slip. "Professors, who have worked with deemed universities for 10 years, have been asked to resign due to lack of coordination between the MCI and the health ministry on rules," said a professor, who quit last week from a reputed medical college.

What's shocking is that the MCI's directive is contrary to the rules laid down by the health ministry which have been upheld by the Supreme Court. The ministry has made it clear that DNB holders should be treated on a par with MD/MS/DM/MCh for teaching posts such as assistant professor or for recruitment as senior residents. In its March 27, 2007, letter to teaching hospitals, the National Board of Examinations has directed them to give equal opportunities to DNB candidates for training and employment purposes in their colleges.

A student with an MBBS degree undergoes the DNB for three years, while a diploma holder studies the course for two years. But the MCI teams currently inspecting medical colleges have told them to remove faculty with DNB qualification as they do not have the mandatory one-year research experience.

Caught in this confusion over rules are colleges too. "We're short-staffed. If we ask experienced teachers to quit, how do we run the institutions? After investing so much, we cannot close down the institutions," a principal argued.

But the MCI would have none of it. "The council is a regulatory authority for all medical colleges in the country. And we will have the final say," an MCI official stated.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is interesting medical community is not responding at all

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