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Govt Equalizes DNB to Overcome Shortage of Doctors

Medical Education system had come to a standstill, with the advent of Private medical colleges asking Crores of rupees for a Post graduate seat. The Government has finally answered to the plea of doctors and have brought about the necessary changes. It has equated DNB for appointment as Faculty to take care of shortage of Faculty.

Health Minister JP Nadda revealed the initiatives in a letter written to the Rajya Sabha

The Government has taken several steps to meet the shortage of doctors in the country: They include:

  • The ratio of teachers to students has been revised from 1:1 to 1:2 for all MD/MS disciplines and 1:1 to 1:3 in subjects of anaesthesiology, forensic medicine, radiotherapy, medical oncology and surgical oncology.

  • DNB qualification has been recognised for appointment as faculty to take care of shortage of faculty.

  • Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.

  • Enhancement of age limit for appointment/extension/re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/director in medical colleges from 65-70 years.

  • Relaxation in the norms for setting up of a medical college in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/bed strength and other infrastructure.

  • Strengthening/upgradation of state government medical colleges for starting new PG courses/increase of PG seats with fund sharing between the Central and State Government in the ratio of 75:25.

  • Establishment of new medical colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in underserved districts of the country with fund sharing between the Central Government and States in the ratio of 90:10 for North-East/special category states and 75:25 for other states.

  • Strengthening/upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats with fund sharing between the Central Government and States in the ratio of 90:10 for North-East/special category states and 70:30 for other states with the upper ceiling of the cost per MBBS pegged at Rs 1.20 crores.

  • At present 56638 MBBS seats and 25346 PG seats are available in the country.

MCI has also issued the guidelines for recruitment of Faculty , which can be accessed here  . Please Refer to the second amendment in any specialty. The second amendment came in 2012. The first one is dates in 2010 which does not equate DNB, but the second one Does. 

Source: PIB, Financial Express , NDTV , Business Standard

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