DNB or Diplomate of National board was earlier known as MNAMS or Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences but later renamed as DNB. (Click here). The nomenclature of DNB was always a topic of debate. Why have two separate parallel postgraduate systems?. Lately many educationalists and Legal experts pointed out the flaw in the Nomenclature of DNB, it should be MD/ MS at first place. As per NBE’s own expert panel stated that NBE being a nonstatutory (not an act of Parliament) autonomous body has to follow Postgraduate medical education regulation 2000.

MCI in its notification dated 17/08/2016 vide letter number MCI-23(1)t2016-Med/ 25389 states Regulation “7. Nomenclature of post-graduate courses. The nomenclature of postgraduate medical courses shall be as provided in the Schedule annexed to these Regulations:

Also Regulation “5(2) states that  “The nomenclature of post-graduate degree or diploma and super-speciatty courses and teacher-student ratio shall be as laid down in the Postgraduate
Medical Education Regulations.” In the same notification, MCI clarifies that MD radiology is not correct Nomenclature and should be named as MD Radiodiagnosis and MD(TB & Respiratory Medicine/Pulmonary Medicine) etc should be named as MD (Respiratory Medicine).

However, since NBE does not directly comes under MCI and is a separate Autonomous Institute, MCI does not interfere in its Nomenclature in spite of the fact that NBE is not passed by the act of parliament and Postgraduate medical education regulation 2000 is applicable on NBE. Some DNB doctors allege that MCI does not want DNB to be named as MD because they want to discriminate and downgrade DNB. Same nomenclature will make this difficult.

Lately in one RTI question to MCI “Kindly provided a list of Postgraduate Degrees or Diplomas which are exempted from the Nomenclature method of Postgraduate Medical Education Regulation 2000 as per section 7” the reply was given as “This is not an information as defined u/s 2(f) of the RTI Act, 2005” That means the information does not exist and hence cannot be created. Clearly, there is no exception to the Nomenclature of Degrees. Complete RTI reply can be seen below.

Final Status of   MEDCI/R/2017/50608

Is Postgraduate medical education regulation 2000 applicable to all Postgraduate degrees awarded in IndiaYes.
Kindly provided a list of Postgraduate Degrees or Diplomas which are exempted from the Nomenclature method of Postgraduate Medical Education Regulation 2000 as per section 7This is not an information as defined u/s 2(f) of the RTI Act, 2005.
Is Diplomate of National Board or DNB awarded by NBE a postgraduate degree or notYes

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