Amrit, a banker and a management executive by profession, is a caregiver of his daughter living with schizophrenia since 1990. As SAA’s President since 2010, Amrit is involved full time in SAA’s day to day working and in various aspects of the organisation’s administration. During his tenure, SAA has recorded a phenomenal all round growth. Amrit served for 5 years on the Institutional Board of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) and was also Chairperson of the Hospital Management Committee of NIMHANS for over 3 years. He actively participated in regional and national consultations during drafting of the Mental Healthcare Bill and also made a presentation in this regard before the Standing Committee of the Parliament. He was appointed by the Government of India on the Expert Group to draft rules and regulations of the Mental Healthcare Act 2017, where his significant contribution in deliberations and drafting was acknowledged.
He was a collaborator of the Grand Challenges’ Quality Rights Project in Gujarat. He is currently the chairperson of the Ethics Committee of the ILS Law College Pune and a member, to represent Mental Illness, on the Advisory Committee constituted by Maharashtra Government under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act. He is also a member of the working group for psychotic disorders constituted by the International Consortium for Health Outcomes.
Amrit has authored a book for families of persons with mental illness, titled, “Mental Illness and Caregiving”. The book is available in English and Marathi. Amrit’s active involvement and contribution in mental health advocacy at state and national level, is well acknowledged by the mental health community.