The Union Cabinet, in a meeting on Wednesday, approved the setting up of a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) here under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot said today.
The project, which will be set up under the Societies Registration Act, is expected to cost Rs Rs 179.54-crore, the minister informed.
Talking to reporters here today, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment said, "In a meeting on Wednesday, the Union cabinet approved setting up of a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation in Bhopal. This institute will be set up under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and will function under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities."
"It will serve as an institution of excellence to develop capacity building in the area of mental health rehabilitation. It will help the government to develop models for effective rehabilitation of persons with mental illness," he said.
Gehlot said that the institute will provide a complete set of rehabilitation services for persons with mental illness and will also conduct courses up to Master's degree and M.Phil.
"It will have nine departments and will conduct 12 courses to offer diploma, certificate, graduate, post graduate and M.Phil degrees in mental health rehabilitation. Within a span of 5 years, the student intake of the institute in various courses is expected to be over 400," the minister said.
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