Bhopal: Centre gives nod to National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation

Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation in Bhopal. The decision was taken during a Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Modi. The institute will be the first of its kind in the country in the area of mental health rehabilitation.

It will 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. 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.

The estimated cumulative cost of the project is Rs. 179.05 crore in the first three years. The Union Cabinet has also approved the proposal to create three Joint Secretary level posts, which includes one post of Director of the Institute and two posts of Professors. MP government has allocated 5 acres of land in Bhopal for setting up of this Institute.

The Institute will be established in three years in two phases. The Institute will conduct courses upto Master’s degree and M.Phil. The Institute will have nine Departments and will conduct 12 courses to offer diploma, certificate, graduate, post graduate, M.Phil degrees in the area of mental health rehabilitation. This Institute will be set up under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

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