NIMHANS Digital Academy Team


NIMHANS Digital Academy is a part of Mental Health Informatics (mHI), Department of Psychiatry with the aim to exponentially increase the skilled manpower to provide quality mental health and substance use care in the remote and underserved community by leveraging technology. Since 2014, NIMHANS with Collaboration of Project ECHO, UNM has been involved in training, tele-mentoring and handholding by using HUB and Spokes model i.e. Virtual Knowledge Network NIMHANS ECHO. Following the success of this model, the NIMHANS Digital Academy, a part of larger Mental Health Informatics has been approved by 3rd GB of NIMHANS on 30th April 2016 and supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

LINK for the detailed vision of this initiative

Coordinator/Officer in Charge:

Dr Prabhat Chand, MD, DNB, MNAMS, Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry  and founder of Virtual Knowledge Network  & Fellow Indo-US Public health on Tele-technology  Project ECHO, University of New Mexico Health Science Centre, Albuquerque USA.  Profile at Linkedin

Faculty and Staffs:-


NIMHANS Digital Academy Project VKN NIMHANS
  1. Dr. Bhavya K Bairy MD, Assistant Professor 
  2. Dr. Sumit Kumar Durgoji DNB, Senior Resident
  3. Ms. Karishma Khurshid Khan M.Phil, Psychiatric Social Worker
  4. Mr. Kubenthiran MCA, Senior Computer Programmer
  5. Mr. Aurobind M.Tech, Senior System Analyst
  6. Ms. Meghana B.Com, Lower Division Clerk
  7. Ms. Maria Asha, Office Assistant
  8. Mr. Arun, Office Assistant
  1. 1. Dr. Mallikarjun Rao Sagi DNB, Senior Resident
  2. 2. Dr. Namrata Jagtap DPM, Research Associate
  3. 3. Ms. Sandeepa Kaur M.Phil, Clinical Psychologist
  4. 4. Mr. Parthasarathy Post B.Sc., Staff Nurse


Dr. B.N. Gangadhar, Director
Dr. S.K. Chaturvedi, Dean, Behavioural Sciences
Dr. Satish Chandra Girimaji, Associate Dean
Dr. Sekar K, Registrar
Dr. Prabha Chandra, HOD Psychiatry
Dr. Pratima Murthy, Officer In Charge, Centre for Addiction Medicine and Virtual Knowledge Network
Dr. Vivek Benegal Professor, Centre for Addiction Medicine

Faculty Experts working in respective departments and contributing the expertise for this innovation:

Dept of Psychiatry

Dr. Suresh Bada Math
Dr. Naveen C Kumar
Dr. Manjunatha. N

Dept. of Clinical Psychology

Dr. L N Suman
Dr. Aruna Rose Mary Kapanee

Dept. of Psychiatry Nursing

Dr. Sailaxmi Gandhi
Dr. Radhakrishnan Govindan
Mr. Mohan Krishna

Dept of Psychiatric Social Work

Dr. A. Thirumoorthy
Dr. E Aravind Raj
Dr. Bino Thomas

Dept. of Epidemiology

Dr. N Girish

Dept. of Mental Health Education

Dr. K.S. Meena