Bengaluru: The 21st Convocation Ceremony of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences(NIMHANS), held on Tuesday saw 168 students conferred with degrees. Of these 28 were PhDs, 28 super-specialty, 15 PDFs and 66 from different streams, including Mphil.
Union Minister of Chemicals, Ananth Kumar and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda, who is also the president of NIMHANS, presided over the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kumar asked the institute and Minister for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil to ensure the establishment of the North campus, NIMHANS.
Meanwhile Mr. Nadda gave an assurance to all present that the centre would provide Rs.200 crore for the establishment of the NIMHANS campus.
“You have chosen the path of healthcare services, which aims to bring succour to those in distress,” said an emotional Dr. Nadda to the graduating students
He also congratulated the institute’s standing in the field of global health and for the awards it had won.
Speaking about mental health, Mr. Nadda spoke of the need for a massive sensitization program considering the stigma attached to it.
Kiran Kumar of ISRO who was the guest of honour at the function spoke on how NIMHANS had utilized telemedicine to take healthcare to remote villages.