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Govt okays creation of institute to rehabilitate persons with mental illness

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, MAY 16, 2018: THE Union Cabinet today gave the green light to establish the National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) at Bhopal. It would be set up as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. It may be noted that the estimated cumulative cost of the project is Rs 179.54 crores for the first three years, which includes non-recurring expenditure of Rs 128.54 crores and recurring expenditure of Rs 51 crores. Accordingly, the Cabinet also approved the proposal to create three Joint Secretary-level posts, which include one post of Director of the Institute and two posts of Professors.

The main objectives of the institute are to provide rehabilitation services to the persons with mental illness & capacity development in the area of mental health rehabilitation, policy framing and advanced research in mental health rehabilitation. Besides, the institute would have nine Departments or Centres and would conduct 12 courses to offer diploma, certificate, graduate, post graduate, M.Phil degrees in the area of mental health rehabilitation. Within a span of 5 years, the student intake of the institute in various courses is expected to be over 400.

In this regard, the Government of Madhya Pradesh has allocated 5 acres of land in Bhopal for setting up of this Institute. The Institute would be established in three years in two phases. Within two years, the civil and electrical work of the institute would be completed. Simultaneously, during the construction of building, the Institute would run in a suitable rented building in Bhopal to conduct certificate & diploma courses and also OPD services. Subsequently, the Institute would provide complete set of rehabilitation services for persons with mental illness and conduct courses up to Master's degree and M.Phil.

It is worth to mention that the NIMHR would be the first of its kind in the country in the area of mental health rehabilitation.  It would serve as an institution of excellence to develop capacity building in the area of mental health rehabilitation and also help the Government to develop models for effective rehabilitation of persons with mental illness.


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