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Govt Mental Hospital Amritsar was established in the year 1948 when non- muslim patients admitted in Mental hospital, Lahore were transferred to Amritsar and were initially housed in an old building which was once used for juvenile offenders. Govt of Punjab established an 811 bedded hospital in an area of 108 Acres. In the year 2001, the administrative control of the hospital was transferred to Punjab Health Systems Corporation and a new and beautiful building for a 450 bedded hospital having all the facilities was built and commissioned in 2003 and the hospital has been named as Institute of Mental Health (Govt. Mental Hospital) Amritsar. It is presently spread over an area of 60 Acres and caters to the mental health needs of states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Union Territory. The admissions of mentally ill patients are done strictly on the basis of Mental Health Act, 1987. The hospital has well qualified staff and is affiliated and accredited to National Board of Examinations, New Delhi for imparting training in Psychiatry for D.N.B. Presently, one candidate for DNB Primary and one for DNB Secondary course are admitted every year. It has also a School of Nursing and is affiliated to Indian Nursing Council for the three years course of General Nursing and Midwifery.