Bangalore: With the Lok Sabha giving its nod to the NIMHANS Bill, 2010, on Tuesday, the Bangalore-based institute has become the first of its kind in the country to receive the status of institute of national importance. The Rajya Sabha had already given its green signal to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro- Sciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore Bill, 2012.
Our institute is now on a par with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, said Dr P Satish Chandra, director, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS).
He added that the next step would be the nod from the President for the Bill to become an Act. The institute will now have more autonomy and we will not be under the purview of statutory bodies like the Medical Council of India (MCI), Nurses Council of India (NCI) and Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), said Dr Chandra.
He opined the institute now has a greater role to play. The NIMHANS will be able to have more interdisciplinary courses, and new syllabi, he explained. A part of this has already been introduced like a few postdoctoral fellowship programmes. The status acquired will even make it easier for us to have collaborations with institutes both in India and abroad, he noted....more
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