Karnataka has started to offer Diplomate of National Board (DNB) courses at seven government hospitals as a measure to tackle shortage specialists across several public hospitals in the southern Indian state.
The government hospitals in the districts of Bagalkot, Chitradurga, Dharwad, Kolar, Tumkuru, Vijayapura and Ballari, besides two general hospitals— KC General and Jayanagar in Bengaluru- will now offer DNB programme in 41 specialities, equivalent to Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery, under the National Health Mission and the National Board of Education, according to reports.
In October 2017, the state government passed orders to start DNB courses at six hospitals to cover 35 primary seats and 25 secondary seats. The NBE approved the course only recently.
Candidates are selected through the national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET-PG).
A bond of three years has been given to the students of July 2018 session to make them serve in government hospitals after the successful completion of the course.