The Department of Psychiatry was started as a subspecialty way back in 1970 by Dr. R.L. Narang. It functioned out of a one room OPD in the old DMCH campus and there was no Indoor section. Patients used to be admitted in the Medical ward. Six months later a common House Surgeon was appointed for Psychiatry and Dermatology. In 1972, the Indoor was formally started by allotting 3 beds in the Medical ward for Psychiatric patients. This number grew to 10 in 1976 when a separate Psychiatry ward was started. The bed strength was increased to 20 in 1978 and subsequently to 30 in 1984.