The M.B.B.S students attended the Amritsar Mental Hospital for the Psychiatry posting till 1970. From 1970 onwards the Director of the Psychiatric Centre, Nur Manzil, Lucknow came as visiting lecturer and taught the students here. 1972, an independent department was started and named the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry with the approval of the Indian Medical Council and the Punjab University. Since, its inception the department has become known for the quality of its psychiatric service in Punjab and the neighbouring states.
The department activities are multifaceted and range from physical treatment modalities (e.g Psychopharmacology, ECT, Lithium, Antabuse therapy etc.) to individual therapy, psychoeducational sessions to patient's family members, marriage counseling and family therapy for childhood psychiatric disorders, treatment of sexual dysfunctions and de addiction programs etc. Liaison Psychiatry with interdepartmental referrals is an area which has benefited the patient care in the hospital, increasing the scope of clinical work.