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Sep 04, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Mar 04, 2011
Bill Passed  
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
  • 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