Department of Psychiatry

About Us

  • The Department of Psychiatry at SRM was started in the year 2005.
  • The department is headed by Prof. Dr. R. Arul Saravanan MD, DPM, and comprises Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurses, and Social Workers along with other staff members.
  • All the modern psychological techniques that are being used are available in our department.
  • Rigorous teaching and training programs that balance theory and clinical demonstration, using both direct, online, and hybrid modes are our hallmark.
  • The outpatient department receives patients from all walks of life, with problems that range from minor mental disturbances to major disorders.
  • Our Faculty members actively provide services for these, including child guidance as well as suicide prevention services and consultation. They also conduct lectures on stress management for the students, faculty, and the industrial population.
  • The department has very good in-patient facilities. Special care is taken for addiction cases and motivational interviewing.
  • Our Special clinics include Neuropsychiatric, Geriatric & Memory Clinic, Psychosomatic & Chronic Pain Clinic, Suicide Prevention Clinic, OCD Clinic, Sex & Marital Clinic, De-addiction Clinic, and Children and Adolescent Clinic.

Our Vision

  • To become the model department in clinical care and higher learning in psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Our Mission

  • To nurture self-disciplined, knowledgeable, creative, and culturally competent. Psychiatrists, Physicians, and Mental Health Professionals, who place clinical care at the forefront
  • To facilitate student learners to meet the Indian and Global challenges in mental health by imparting value-based education and experiential learning and to be sensitive to the ethical, Social, and Environmental changes


  • Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Integrated Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work are offered - both full-time (with a monthly stipend) and part-time. Three Full-time Research Scholars are currently pursuing their Ph.D.
  • 8 OPD rooms for consultations
  • 30-bed inpatient care ward
  • Acute care clinic for severely disturbed patients
  • Special clinics
  • Electro-convulsive and other biological therapies
  • Dedicated Clinical Psychologist and Social Workers for rehabilitation and integration of patients into society
  • Student Counseling Services for all the students of the University
  • Newer teaching methods - flipped classrooms, Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Dedicated seminar hall with LCD projection, curated department library
  • Number of Units: 1 Unit (Separate OPs for Schizophrenia and related psychosis, OCD, Mood disorders, Neuropsychiatric and child behavior clinic, Suicide prevention & Deaddiction clinics along with other special clinics


  • Lecture halls - 1, Practical Halls - 1, Demo rooms - 2, Smart rooms - 1
  • Museum - 1
  • Live streaming - 2, Wif Fi connection - 3
  • Demonstration on TV – 1.
  • Other department specific infrastructure, instrumentation
  • OP & IP Case Presentations – Daily
  • Grand Rounds – Weekly once
  • Seminars – Weekly once
  • Case conferences – Weekly once
  • Journal clubs – Weekly once.
  • Internal Assessment every six months
  • Guest Lectures and Invited Lecture series
  • Annual participation in Psychiatric CME programmes.
  • Department library: Well-curated departmental library. Over a hundred books on Psychiatry and related subjects.
  • Indian and International Journals of Psychiatry and Psychology.