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National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences

An Institute of National Importance

A Multidisciplinary Academic, Research and Health Care Institute in
Brain - Mind - Behaviour Axis in India


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 The Genesis

The Genesis

The Genesis:

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences is a multidisciplinary Institute for patient care and academic pursuit in the frontier area of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. The Lunatic Asylum which came into being in the latter part of the 19th Century was renamed as Mental Hospital in 1925 by the erstwhile Government of Mysore. This hospital and All India Institute of Mental Health established in 1954 by the Government of India were amalgamated on 27th December 1974, and thus was formed the autonomous National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). The priority gradient adopted by the Institute is service, manpower development and research. Multidisciplinary integrated approach is the mainstay of this Institute, paving the way to translate the results from bench to bedside. On November 14, 1994, NIMHANS was accorded the status of Deemed University by the University Grants Commission, with academic autonomy.

A unique model of a successful partnership between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, NIMHANS has been declared an Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament (38/2012).

The Vision Statement

    The Vision Statement:

  • To be a world leader in the area of Mental Health and Neurosciences and evolve state-of-the-art approaches to patient care through translational research.

The Mission Statement

    The Mission Statement:

  • Establish the highest standards of evidence-based care for psychiatric and neurological disorders and rehabilitation.

  • Develop expertise and set standards of care for diseases of public health relevance in the developing world.

  • Work with the government and provide consultancy services for policy planning and monitoring strategies in the field of Mental Health and Neurosciences and facilitate execution of national health programme.

  • Human resource capacity building by training in diverse fields related to Mental Health and Neurosciences.

  • Develop and strengthen inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional and international collaboration with universities and research institutes across the globe to foster scientific research, training in advanced technology and exchange of ideas in the areas of Mental Health and Neurosciences.

  • Strive to enhance equitable accessibility of primary care in Mental Health and Neurological Disorders to all sections of society and ages including the vulnerable population.

  • Evolve and monitor the strategies for disaster management and psycho-social rehabilitation in different cultural and ethnic groups.

  • Promote Mental Health literacy and eliminate the stigma attached to the Mental and Neurological Illnesses by taking the measures and the delivery system to the centres of primary health care honouring the human rights and dignity.

  • Integrate allopathic and oriental medicine into health care delivery and promote evidence- based research.

  • Integrate physical and metaphysical aspects of Neuroscience research to promote yoga and its application to positive mental health.

  • Participate in broad field of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research applicable to human ethics, organ transplantation, stem cell research, space science, and nuclear science.


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