The specialty of Psychiatry had its modest beginning in 1956 as a unit consisting of one Reader and one Lec¬turer in Neuropsychiatry in the Department of Medicine. In 1965 a Post of Professor of Psychiatry was created and a lecturer, a clinical psychologist, a statistician and two social workers were added to the staff. The initial 10 inpatient beds were doubled and outpatient services, previously available only twice a week, were increased to daily OPDs. The 1st Professor of Psychiatry, Late Dr. B. B. Sethi, was appointed in 1966. Three years later another Lecturer was appointed and Post-Graduate Training for the Award of M. D. in Psychiatry commenced with two students in 1969.
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