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AIIMS-like status for NIMHANS

August 14, 2012
The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed a bill seeking to make the Bangalorebased National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) an “institution of national importance” like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here and other institutions of excellence in the country.
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Bill, 2010, empowers the institution to have greater autonomy on selecting the syllabi, confer degrees and hire without the intervention of the Medical Council of India.
Members from all parties supported the bill moved by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. They, however, cautioned the government to ensure that the institute did not fall below the expectations with which it was set up.
Agreeing that there was a need to develop such institutes in other parts of the country, Azad said the availability of quality manpower was the main impediment. Against the need of 11,500 psychiatrists, only 3,800 are available in the country, he added.
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