The full-fledged Department of Psychiatric Nursing was started in the year 1998 to introduce training programmes in the field of Psychiatric Nursing.  In 2001, the Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing (DPN) was started under the Nursing Council of India and State Nursing Council. In 2007, the M. Sc Nursing (Psychiatric Nursing) course was introduced for the first time in the NER of India under Gauhati University. The Department also conducts teaching and clinical programmes for students coming for exposure posting from more than 20 nursing institutions across the country. Visiting faculties are also invited to take classes for the students.

          In recognition to the academic pursuit in the area of nursing, Mrs. Arunjyoti Baruah, HOD received the Florence Nightingale Award from the President of India in 2009.

          Clinical activities of the Department includes individual and group psycho-education, Pre-discharge, individual and family counselling, self-care management, skill training, behavioural nursing intervention, nursing care review and nursing audit. The staff and students also attend to the regular outreach camps of the Institute. Department organizes and conducts school mental health programmes as part of community mental health nursing activity.


Course Information:

Course Offered

Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing (DPN)

M. Sc (Psychiatric Nursing)

PhD. in Psychiatric Nursing

Total Seats

30 seats

12 (Reservations as per GOI norms)

2 (Reservations as per GOI norms)

Course Duration

1 Year (Full-time)

2 Years (Full-time)

3 Years (Full-time)

Eligibility for Admission

  • The candidate should have a certificate in General Nursing and Midwifery or B.Sc. Nursing.
  • Should be a Registered Nurse in the State Nursing Council .
  • Shoulkd be deputed from NE States.
  • B.Sc Nursing / Post basic B.Sc Nursing degree from any university recognised by the Indian Nursing Council .
  • Should be a registered nurse with minimum one year of working experience.
M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing with not less than 55% aggregate marks from a college/institute/university recognized by UGC/ Indian Nursing Council.


Lists of Faculty & Staff:

Name:                      Dr. Arunjyoti Baruah, M.Sc in Psychiatric Nursing (NIMHANS, Bangalore), M.Sc in Psychology                              (Gauhati University), M.Phil(MAHE, Manipal), Ph. D. (National Ph. D. Consortium, INC, RGUHS                               Bangalore)
Designation:              HOD & Professor
Phone:                     (03712) 233108, 233340, Fax: (03712) 233623
E-mail ID:       

Name:                    Dr. Nurnahar Ahmed, M.Sc in Psychiatric Nursing (LGBRIMH,Gauhati University),Ph.D.                                (National Ph. D. Consortium, INC, RGUHS, Bangalore)
Designation:              Assistant Professor (I/C)
E-mail ID:        

Name:                      Ms. Pratima Hainary, B.Sc Nursing (CMC, Vellore), DPN (CIP, Ranchi University)
Designation:              Tutor
E-mail ID:                  pratima.hainary

Name:                     Mr. Sandeep Kollipara, M.Sc in Nurisng (Psychiatric Nursing) (LGBRIMH, Gauhati University)
Designation:             Tutor
E-mail ID:                    

Under NMHP project

Name:                      Ms. L. Iris Devi, M.Sc in Nurisng (Psychiatric Nursing) (LGBRIMH, Gauhati University)
Designation:              Tutor
E-mail ID:                 


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