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National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences ( (NIMHANS) is located in Bangalore, and is the premiere neuroscience institute of India. It is recognised by the Government of India as a 'medical institute of national importance' (among others being: AIIMS-Delhi, JIPMER-Puducherry, PGI- Chandigarh, and Sree Chitra Medical Centre, Trivandrum).
On 14 November 1994, NIMHANS was declared a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 (3 of 1956). Advanced programs in the area of services, training and research have been developed in the area of biological, behavioral and basic sciences in the relation to the brain-mind-behavior-axis. The activities and achievements of the institute have been noted by planners as well as the general public.

Founding and History

Nimhans, a multidisciplinary institute in the field of mental health and neurosciences, was the result of the amalgamation of the erstwhile mental hospital and the All India Institute of Mental Health on 27 December 1974. The Institute was Inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh, the union minister for Health and Family Planning, establishing this autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act into a leading area of medical service and research in the country. The lunatic asylum which came into being in the later part of the 19th century established by the Government of India, was renamed as the Mental Hospital in 1925 by the Government of Mysore. In 1954, the All India Institute of Mental Health was established which, in 1974, became an autonomous Institute called NIMHANS.

Organization and administration

The functioning of the Institute is under the direction of the NIMHANS society with the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare as the President. The Principal organ of management is the Board of Management. The other statutory bodies are Finance Committee, Academic Committee, Ethics Committee, Building and Works Committee and Rehabilitation Committee.

The Institute is funded by the Government of India. Several national and international agencies like ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), DST (Department of Science and Technology (India)), UGC, CSIR, WHO, Oxfam, Alcoholics Anonymous, Desperates United UNICEF are other charities resources.


• Biophysics
• Biostatistics
• Epidemiology
• Human Genetics
• Mental Health Education
• Clinical Psychology
• Neuroanaesthesia
• Neurochemistry
• Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology
• Neurology
• Neuromicrobiology
• Neuropathology
• Neurophysiology
• Neurosurgery
• Neurovirology
• Nursing
• Psychiatric and Neurological Rehabilitation
• Psychiatric Social Work
• Psychiatry
• Psychopharmacology
• Speech Pathology & Audiology

Courses offered

Being a Deemed University, NIMHANS offers several courses which include:

Post-Graduate Degrees and Diploma Courses

• PhD Courses
• Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
• Doctorate of Medicine in Neurology & Neuroradiology
• Masters in the bullology/epidemiology of the history of Psychiatry
• Master of Surgery degree in Neurosurgery
• Doctor of Medicine degree in Psychiatry
• Diploma in Psychiatry
• Post Doctoral Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
• Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuroanaesthesia
• Master of Philosophy in Bio-physics
• Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
• Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work
• Master of Philosophy in Neurophysiology
• Master of Philosophy in Neurosciences
• Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing

Diploma and Certificate Courses

B.Sc. Courses

• Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing (DPN)
• Diploma in Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing (DNN)
• Diploma in Clinical Neurophysiology Technology (DCNT)
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing
• Bachelor of Science in Radiography
• Bachelor of science in Anesthesia

Department of Psychiatry

NIMHANS is noted for its Psychiatry department which incorporates:

• Child Psychiatry
• De-addiction services
• Geriatric Psychiatry
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic
• Perinatal Clinic
• Tobacco Cessation Clinic
• Metabolic Clinic
• Prenatal Nutrition and Cookery Clinic
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