April 03, 2009

DNB Equivalence: Letter by National Board to Teaching Institutions

National Board has sent the following restrainer order to many institutes;which ideally should be honoured by MCI officials.

From: National Board of Examinations
Date: 7/5/2008
Subject: Re: DNB equivalence

Subject: Non Approval for Appointment to teaching posts for DNB Degree

Reference: MCI Letter dated 14th September 2007


This has reference to the issue of equivalence of DNB qualification with the corresponding MD/MS degree and the above stated letter issued by Medical Council of India. Without prejudice, the regulatory position in respect of the same is as follows:-

(1) Diplomate of National Board is a recognized qualification as per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. DNB qualification is included in the first schedule of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

(2) The Government of India in its various notifications issued from time to time has upheld the status of DNB as that of equivalent qualification as MD/MS/DM/MCh. The Government of India vide latest notification dated 1st June, 2006 has upheld that holders of DNB qualification are to be treated at par with MD/MS/DM/MCh candidates even to teaching posts such as Assistant Professor or recruitment as Senior Resident. The copy of notification issued by the Government of India is enclosed along with for your kind reference.

(3) The equivalence of the DNB qualification vis-à-vis the corresponding MD/MD qualification has been upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology & ors Vs State of Karnataka & Ors.

One letter dated 14th September, 2007 has been issued by Medical Council of India, on the basis of which your University has issued the above stated captioned letter. The Medical Council of India letter dated 14th September, 2007 has been challenged by various DNB candidates before the Hon’ble Court of Bombay, Nagpur Bench and the Hon’ble Court has been pleased to grant interim relief till final adjudication in the matter takes place. The Hon’ble High Court at Bangalore has also granted interim relief in the matter.

(5) The Government of India has submitted its detailed reply before the Hon’ble Court and the salient points in the Government of India Affidavit is stated herein below:-

"The bare perusal of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 demonstrates that Medical Council of India has been assigned purely recommendatory role for the Under Graduate Medical Education. The provision of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 clearly lay down that the recommendations of Medical Council of India have to be considered by the Central Government and which alone has to take a decision one way or the other. It is submitted that AIIMS and PGI of Medical Sciences and all such other institutions established under the Act of Parliament are outside the ambit of MCI Act but are under the administrative control of Government of India. The Central Government for reasons well defined in law has all prerogative to take decisions different from the recommendations of MCI.

That the Hon’ble Supreme Court AIR 1988 SC 1048, Govt. of AP Vs Dr. R. Murli, while considering the effect and implication of the Regulations framed by the MCI, on the basis of the affidavit of the MCI that it is only a recommendatory body and the Regulations framed by it are only recommendatory and not mandatory.

It is submitted that the DNB degree/qualification is equivalent in all respect with MD/MS degrees and the letter dated 1st June, 2006 has been issued after considering all the factors by the Government of India. In order to bring parity between MD/MS students and DNB qualification holders, it is submitted that the teaching experience gained in institutions conducting DNB courses should be treated as teaching experience for the purpose of appointment as medical teachers in medical colleges/institutions"

(6) As per the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, the role of Medical Council of India is recommendatory to the Government of India. The Medical Council of India cannot encroach upon the powers of Government of India by issuing a letter which even otherwise, is based upon incorrect observations and is a matter of adjudication before various High Courts in the country,

(7) Considering the stay granted by the Hon’ble Court in the matter and the emerging legal position and till such time, the matter is adjudicated by the Hon’ble court, it is desirable for all recruiting agencies that the status quo may kindly be maintained and the DNB degree holders should not be discriminated, demoted or their assignments/employment terminated.

Yours sincerely,

(Dr. A.K. Sood)
Executive Director


dhinesh baskaran said...


Mail from Dr.Dhinesh DNB to Dr.Sunil.( Medical ethics journal editor in chief)

> MCI during inspection in medical colleges ,MCI does not recognize DNB
> qualifications which are been given by the esteemed Ministry of Health
> and Family Welfare ,though the GAZETTE OF INDIA states that the degree
> is in par with MD/MS/Mch/DM.The reason for this i heard is because
> they cannot charge huge amounts( 70 to 100 lakhs ) of money for post
> graduate management seats in private medical colleges if the DNB
> degree is made equivalent to MD/MS.

Dr.Sunil.( Medical ethics journal editor in chief) reply ......

Thank you for your email.
I learn that the power wielded by the Medical Council of India and its
President is formidable.
We have been struggling in our own modest manner to highlight some
issues concerning them but have not produced any results thus far.
I have two suggestions regarding your problem.
The National Board is a powerful agency in its own right. Could you
and other DNB holders persuade the National Board to take up this
matter directly with the Medical Council of India as well as with the
Minister of Health, Government of India?
If you succeed, you may be able to effect a change for the better.
In the meanwhile, would you like to voice your problem and your own
suggestions for its solution in an essay for publication in the Indian
Journal of Medical Ethics? This may sow some seeds. If and when they
will germinate is anyone's guess.

Sunil Pandya ( Editor in chief of Indian Journal of medical ethics )

Anonymous said...

To overcome the acute shortage and uneven distribution of human resources in public health delivery system, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare aims at overhauling the current regulatory framework. Toward this end, it is proposed to set up a National Council for Human Resources in Health as an overarching regulatory body to achieve the objective of enhancing the supply of skilled personnel in the health sector.Task Force and the draft bill are available at ministry of health website:http://www.mohfw.nic.in/

The general public is invited to go through the report of the Task Force and the draft bill and send their comments / observations on the suggested provisions at debasish.panda@nic.in, csharat@ias.nic.in and rshankar50@hotmail.com or to Dr. Sharat Chauhan, Director ( Medical Education), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Room No. 305, wing-D, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi, by the 15th October, 2009.



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