Department of Psychiatry

Started in 1994
Name Qualification Designation
arrow Dr. BS Chavan
MD, FIPS, MAMS, FIMSA, DHM Professor & Head
arrow Dr. Priti Arun
MD Professor
arrow Dr. Ajeet K Sidana
MD Associate Professor
arrow Dr. Subhash Das
MD Assitant Professor
arrow Dr. Gurvinder Pal Singh
MBBS, MD Associate Professor
arrow Dr. Manoj Kumar
M.Phil, Ph.D Assistant Professor (Clinical Psychology)
arrow Dr. Nitin Gupta (COE)
MD Professor
Dr. Shivangi Mehta (COE) MD Assistant Professor
Dr.Nidhi Malhotra (COE) MD Assistant Professor
Dr.Nidhi Chauhan (COE) MD, DM Assistant Professor
Dr. TK Singh (COE) M.Phil, Ph.D Associate Professor
(Clinical Psychology)
Ms. Aarzoo Gupta (COE)
M.Phil Assistant Professor
(Clinical Psychology)
Dr. Kamlesh K Sahu(COE) M.Phil, Ph.D Associate Professor
(Psychiatry Social Work)
arrow Ms. Shikha Tyagi (COE)
M.Phil(PSW) Associate Professor(Psychiatry Social Work)
arrow Ms. Virtu Chongtham (COE)
M.Sc. Associate Professor
(Psychiatry Nursing)
Dr. Nitasha Sharma (COE)
M.Sc., Ph.D Assistant Professor
(Psychiatry Nursing)
03 Senior Residents, 1 Nursing Tutor, 1 Asstt. Clinical Psychologist,  1 Play Therapist, 4 Clinical Psychologists, 1 Psychiatric Social Worker, 6 Medical Social Worker
Department of Psychiatry was started in February 1994 with start of outpatient services in Polyclinic Sector 22. Inpatient services were started in 1996 after the joining of Dr. Priti Arun and Dr. B. S. Chavan. From the very beginning the department has given a very high priority to the quality of care and human resource development in the field of psychiatry. Department has been organized in such a way that psychiatric services are available round the clock and help is available immediately without a long waiting time. Department has also given high priority to include patients and their families in treatment planning. Through active community outreach programs the department has been making constant efforts to receive feedback from the patients who dropped out from treatment as well as patients who do not seek treatment. Health education through pamphlets, video cassettes, articles in newspapers and radio talks is an integral part of the comprehensive treatment package.

MD Course in Psychiatry: The department is running MD Course in Psychiatry since 2005 as per MCI recommendations. Currently every year 2-candiates are enrolled for MD Psychiatry.

a) Outdoor Patient Services

Name of Service Days Timings
Adult Psychiatry Clinic Everyday 9 AM to 1 PM
Child Guidance Clinic Thursday (AN) 2 PM to 5 PM
De-addiction Clinic Tuesday (FN) 9 AM to 1 PM
Marital & Sex Clinic Wednesday (AN) 2 PM to 5 PM

b) Psychiatry Ward:

Ward has 30 beds. Facilities and activities include daily morning prayer and exercises, recreational facilities consisting of television, indoor games, book/magazines/newspaper and weekly staff meetings with patients and their relatives. Psychiatric patients and patients of alcohol and drug dependence who are unmanageable at home are admitted in the ward for short periods.

c) Community Clinic:

Name Days Timings
Dhanas Tuesday 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM
Khudda Ali Sher Wednesday 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM
Sector 26, Police Lines Thursday 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM
Palsaura Saturday 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM

d) Clinical Psychology Services:

It includes both psycho-diagnostic and therapeutic services by a consultant, clinical psychologist, play therapist, assistant clinical psychologist and counsellor. The section has a well equipped behavior therapy lab and a playroom also.

e) Consultation Liaison services:

Department is providing 24 hours services for psychiatry emergencies as well as routine psychiatric consultations for inpatients and outpatients of other specialitiesIt .

f) Community outreach Services:

Department is taking active participation in community education and outreach activities.

-10 day Deaddiction camps are organized every year since 1997 where upto 20-30 persons with substance dependence are admitted and detoxified within the community set up.
-1 day De-toxification and awareness camps since 2000.
-1 day Mental Retardation Awareness Camps Lectures and symposia in Schools. 
-Various other symposia, workshops, competitions etc on a regular basis.

g) State Resource center

The office of SRC is presently located in the Department of Psychiatry. The department is regularly monitoring the activities of Community based Rehabilitation Workers on every Monday for early identification of persons with disability as well as various interventions required.

h) “Aashreya”

A Home for Mentally Challenged: The Home for Mentally Challenged has been inaugurated by H.E. Governor, Punjab & Administrator, Chandigarh Administartion on 03-12-08 in Sector 47, Chandigarh for the residential facility for the mentally challenged people.  

i) Day Care Centre:

For social and vocational rehabilitation of mentally ill persons to facilitate their reintegration in the community. Disability certification for mental illnesses is also done.

j) Genetic Lab:

The department of Psychiatry has established a genetic centre primarily for prevention of mental Retardation and other disabilities through antenatal and newborn screening.

k) Rehabilitation Services via Umeed and Prayatan:

Vocational rehabilitation of the mentally challenged and mentally ill has been taken up by the dept in a very novel and unique way. A number of kiosks( snack huts/ juice bars) have been set up in different locations across Chandigarh providing employment to such persons under supervision of needy parents/guardians of similarly disabled persons .

l) Institutional services:

Visits to various institutions are regularly made to provide consultation for psychiatric patients. Currently dept is providing these services to institutions like Burail Jail, Samarth and Pingalwara etc.

m) Govt. Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC):

Currently, Govt. Institute for Mentally Retarded Children has 280 children on roll and is providing following services:

For the children:

-Teaching by special educator.
-Vocational training in chalk making , caning, bread, bakery products, cutting and tailoring, masala grinding, paper recycling, book binding and envelope making.   
-Recreational activities.
-Day Care.
-Hostel for boys. 
-Free medical treatment.
-MR clinic everyday.
-Early intervention  Clinic every Wednesday.
-Epilepsy clinic every Tuesday.
-Disability Certification.

For the Families:

-Training of parents/ caregivers of Mentally Retarded Children.

For Trainers:

-Training of Medical Officers and teachers in the area of mental retardation. They will subsequently train other categories of staff sponsored by WHO
-Diploma in vocational Rehabilitation( Mental retardation :- the institute is running 1 year diploma since July 2002.
Further detail about GIMRC can be found on website

n) Teaching:

Department has given a very high priority for teaching undergraduate medical students.100 hours of training are provided to Medical undergraduates. It includes both theory lecture and practical clinical classes   

o) Important achievement of the faculty and staff :

-Prof.B.S.Chavan has been awarded WHO Fellowship in the area of Community based De-addiction     services. -Prof.B.S.Chavan has been awarded membership of National Academy of Medical Sciences.
-Prof. B.S. Chavan has acquired diploma in Hospital Administration.
-Prof Priti Arun is editor of official jounal of Indian Psychiatric Society- North Zone.
-Dr. Rachna Bhargava is executive council member of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
-Dr. Ajeet Sidana is member of Executive Committee of Indian Psychiatric Society North Zone.

Research Priority of the department in the field of research is to design cost effective and innovative intervention strategies which can be implemented with minimum expertise as well as to study the financial and social impact of mental disorders.

Human resource development:ent:From the very beginning, department has given priority to Human Resource Development (HRD) in the field of Psychiatry. Department started training programme for nurses and psychology students.

The first clinical attaché (clinical psychology) joined the department in September 1998. The department is providing training courses ranging from one to six months to postgraduates in Psychology.

The Postgraduate course in Psychiatry(MD Psychiatry) was started in 2005 and 2 candidates have completed MD Psychiatry from the department. This degree is recognized by the Medical council of India (MCI). The number of seats for this course was increased from 1 to 2 in 2009 and currently the department has 5 postgraduate students.

Training of counselors under NACO The department of Psychiatry has been recognized by National AIDS Control Organisation(NACO) as a center for training of counselors in HIV/AIDS for the states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
Training under Rehabilitation council of.
-Training of Medical Officers and teachers in the area of mental retardation. They will subsequently train other categories of staff sponsored by WHO.
-Diploma in vocational Rehabilitation (Mental retardation :- the institute is running 1 year diploma since July 2002 Training of parents/ caregivers of Mentally Retarded Children).

Despite advancement in pharmacological treatment, large number of patients continue to have deficit in cognitive, social and vocational areas and these deficits interfere in rehabilitation and long term outcome. The medicines are not only ineffective in these deficits but also cause serious side effects including weight gain, hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia.

Disability Assessment Rehabilitation and Triage (DART) service was started on 31st December, 2012 for providing need based non pharmacological services for the patients of chronic mental disorders who have recovered from acute phase of illness, but still have significant deficit in social, cognitive and vocational skills. DART is designed to have following service components:

Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Clinic

Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty in psychology that examines the relationship between behavior and brain functioning in the realms of cognitive, motor, sensory, and emotional functioning. Neuropsychological assessment in patients suffering from chronic psychiatric illness is essential for determining the cognitive dysfunction and then to plan rehabilitation strategies. Potential cases of suspected organic illness, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and cognitive impairments due to chronic mental illness etc are referred from the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH to DART. These patients have impairment in attention, memory, concentration, higher executive functions and so on. As a result of this, they find their day to day activities very difficult.

At the DART, these patients are assessed by a multidisciplinary team for intellectual functioning, attention and concentration, memory, executive functions and social cognitions. Cognitive skill training is provided for enhancing cognitive skills. The department is in the process of trying the efficacy of computer based techniques for improving the deficits.

Social Skills Clinic

Due to chronic illness, the patients have to re-learn many of the social skills like greeting people politely, how to initiate conversation, to maintain eye contact while talking, expressing gratitude by saying ‘thank you’ etc. Social skills training is very useful in such situation. It is a structured, concrete treatment intended for individuals who suffer from severe and persistent symptoms. Social skills Training consists of behaviorally based instruction, modeling, corrective feedback, and contingent social reinforcement aimed to improve social competence through the acquisition of social skills, self-care and independent living skills. After complete assessment, social skill training sessions are being conducted in order to achieve the competence in the conversational skills. The social skills training package at DART include training in Basic social skills, Conversation skills, Assertiveness, Conflict management, Health and maintenance.

Vocational Rehabilitation Clinic

The patients with mental illness find it very difficult to get new jobs or to continue with their present occupation. Most of them even find difficulty to perform even day to day life activities. In this regard, Vocational Rehabilitation strategy for these patients is necessary and helpful as it helps them to develop and restore functional capacity, achieve functional independence and even get employment. In DART, vocational activities have been started with the aim to train patients in different vocations which in turn will help them get gainful employment. At present, Vocational training is being given in the following areas:
• Paper recycling and envelope making.
• Gardening and nursery ( nine months certificate course).
• Pottery section.
• Masala grinding unit.

For more details contact us on:

Address: Old GIMRC Building, Opposite Saint Anne’s school, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh Contact No. 0172-2601623

Timings: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Vacation (Mid-May to Mid-July & Mid-Dec to Mid-Jan) : 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Flow chart of the services is given: