The Central Government on Wednesday approved establishing a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) in Bhopal within three years.
The decision was taken during a Union Cabinet meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
At a cumulative cost of the project is Rs 179.54 crore, the institute will be established as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
The Institute, a first of its kind in the country in the area of mental health rehabilitation, will be established in two phases.
The Government of Madhya Pradesh has allocated five acres of land in Bhopal for setting up of this Institute.
The institute 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 NIMHR 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 Union 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 Institute will have nine Departments/Centres and will conduct 12 courses to offer diploma, certificate, graduate, post graduate, M Phil degrees in the area of mental health rehabilitation.