• Introduced
    Rajya Sabha
    Dec 07, 2010
  • Referred
    Standing Committee
    Dec 08, 2010
  • Report
    Standing Committee
    Mar 04, 2011
  • Passed
    Rajya Sabha
    Aug 13, 2012
  • Passed
    Lok Sabha
    Sep 04, 2012

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro- Sciences, Bangalore was establishedas an autonomous body, registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 on 27th December, 1974 by integrating the  erstwhile All India Institute of Mental Health under the Government of India and Mental Hospital, Bangalore under the Government of Karnataka. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bangalore Bill, 2010 seeks to to declare the National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences, Bangalore, to be an institution of national importance.

  • The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences Bill, 2010 (NIMHANS Bill) was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on December 7, 2010. The Bill was introduced by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare.  The Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare on December 8, 2010.
  • The Bill seeks to establish the existing NIMHANS in Karnataka as an institution of national importance. 
  • The Bill establishes NIMHANS as a corporate body.  It also states the objects and functions of the Institute, the composition of its members, and their powers and functions.  The Bill also states that NIMHANS will carry out its functions under the control of the central government.
  • The objects of NIMHANS are (a) to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, (b) to bring together educational facilities for the training of personnel in important branches of health activity, and (c) to be self-sufficient in meeting the country’s needs for specialists and medical teachers.  
  • The institute shall consist of the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, the Secretary to the central government in the Department of Higher Education, the Director-General of Health Services in the central government, seven representatives of the Indian Science Congress Association, four representatives of medical faculties of Indian universities, three Members of Parliament, among others. 
  • Some important functions which NIMHANS will perform in order to attain its objectives are:
  • Provide undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in medicine and other allied sciences;
  • Provide facilities for research of such sciences;
  • Provide facilities for the teaching of humanities;
  • Conduct experiments on new methods of medical education;
  • Specify courses and curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate studies;
  • NIMHANS can also maintain equipped hospitals, nursing colleges for training nurses, etc.
  • NIMHANS will also have the power to grant medical and nursing degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions.


Anirudh Burman

July 5, 2011