Dr B N Gangadhar named NIMHANS director

Dr BN Gangadhar has been appointed as the new director of NIMHANS, taking over from Dr P Satishchandra. The announcement was made by the Union Health Ministry via an order on Monday, 11th January, 2016. He shall assume office on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016.

Dr Gangadhar is a professor of psychiatry at NIMHANS and was the dean of behavioral sciences before taking over as director. He was the recipient of Sir CV Raman Award in 1999, and the BC Roy Award in 2010, both from the Karnataka Government. His areas of research interest include electro-convulsive therapy, neurobiology and treatment related aspects of schizophrenia, and yoga and its application in mental health. He is also the program director at the Advanced Center for Yoga at NIMHANS. In a statement to The Hindu, he said “I am happy that I have been entrusted with this responsibility and I will work towards meeting the expectations of the people, who have considered me fit for the post, as well as patients.”

Dr Gangadhar was selected from ten candidates who had applied to the Ministry in March. Since Dr Satischandra’s tenure ended in July, the institute has been functioning under interim directors, as a full-time director had not been appointed.

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