- Diplomate of National Board (DNB) doctors received a setback with a judgment from the Supreme Court dismissing their plea for equivalence of their degree to the MD/MS degree in academics.
- The Sankalp Association, which represents the DNB doctors, is likely to refile the case against the Medical Council of India (MCI) after correcting the technical issues.
recent judgment by the Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by the
Sankalp Association of DNB Doctors, Delhi which demanded that the DNB degree be
considered equivalent to the MD/MS degree while recruiting a candidate for the
post of teaching faculty in an MCI-recognized hospital. The Supreme
Court's dismissal stated that:
"We find no ground to entertain this petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution. The writ petition is dismissed accordingly."
The Diplomate of National Board (DNB) is a postgraduate or postdoctoral degree awarded by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), which is under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The programs are conducted in several approved hospitals all over the country including some of the corporate and non-teaching hospitals. The admission is through a common entrance exam, followed by an interview at the hospital where the program will be conducted.
The Sankalp Association of DNB doctors plans to continue their fight against the discrimination of the DNB degree by refiling the case with some modifications, since the disqualification of the case by the Supreme Court was more on a technical basis.
While the tussle between DNB doctors and the MCI continues, the National Medical Commission Bill (NMC) 2017 promises relief for the DNB-certified doctors. The NMC bill that is due to being presented in the Indian Parliament and is being vehemently opposed by medical bodies due to several reasons supports the equivalence of the MD and the DNB degrees in the teaching line.
- Supreme Court of India Record of Proceedings - (http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/supremecourt/2017/32846/32846_2017_Order_02-Feb-2018.pdf)
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