Training and Academics
INDIANS (IPS-South Zone & NIMHANS Digital Initiative for Academic & Nurturing Skills)
This is an initiative by NIMHANS in collaboration with the south zone of the Indian Psychiatric Society – South Zone and was inaugurated on 8 June 2019. This is an online teaching initiative comprising weekly sessions of 1 hr each, through a multipoint video conference platform. The training focuses on psychiatric subspecialties using didactic classes and case-based learning. Initially, the program had 645 psychiatry residents pursuing MD/DNB/DPM and 471 practicing psychiatrists got registered for the INDIANS program. At present the sessions are broadcasted live on the YouTube channel of NIMHANS which has more than 2,670 subscribers majority of whom are psychiatrists. The views of the YouTube channel have seen a substantial hike in the year 2020 following the COVID pandemic, highlighting the increased utilization of technology-based learning platforms. The number of views in 2019 was 3,347 and in 2020 it was 29,461 views. This online program was present before Covid-19 became popular and was able to increase the number capacity building activities during the lockdown.