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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1-4
ANCIPS 2016 - Welcome Address

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   Welcome Address - President Speaks Top

Welcome to ANCIPS 2016

Dear Colleagues,

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."
Goran Persson, Former Prime Minister of Sweden

The behavioral sciences has expanded its wings to liaison with almost every branch in the medical speciality. There is no other branch of medicine which can handle the subtle problems of day to day life on one hand and, complex neuropsychiatric disorders on the other. The 'city of lakes' is hosting the ANCIPS in 2016 and being a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and a fast developing modern city it is in the similar phase of transition as 'psychiatry' . The theme "Translational Psychiatry- Braining the Mind" is chosen to highlight the scientific foundations of psychiatry and how this knowledge gets translated into discovery and delivery of mental health needs of the community. An emphasis on scientific basis should help to dispel misconceptions in psychiatry and reduce stigma to a substantial degree.

The conference is covering the developing trends in Psychiatry, like 'Internet and Gadget Addiction', other 'Addictions', 'Imaging in Psychiatry', 'Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry' with focus on HIV/AIDS and dermatology, 'Geriatric depression', 'Child abuse' and 'Community Psychiatry'. It is likely to serve as a forum of interaction for delegates and generate interest and awareness about the subject in general public. It is heartening to note that the Organizers have gone into overdrive with the Conference preparations. The efforts will bear fruit only if we participate enthusiastically in the scientific sessions.

Let us all join together along with our families and carry forward our Society to cross yet another significant milestone.

Long live Indian Psychiatric Society!

Vidyadhar Watve
Poona Hospital and Research Centre,
27 Sadashiv Peth, Pune.
[email protected]

   Welcome From President Elect Top

Dear Esteemed Members

I am very happy to note that the supplement of Indian Journal of Psychiatry is being released during the forthcoming ANCIPS at Bhopal. The editorial board under the dynamic leadership of the Editor TSS Rao has to be congratulated for the dedicated and sincere hard work in sticking to the targets.

My best wishes to you and wish you continue the successful run to get a high impact factor for our journal.

As President elect I have initiated "Mann ki baat" to collect the suggestions from the esteemed members, from whom I got overwhelming response.

I am very happy to say that there are over 500 responses from members and as well about 1500 wishes. The thoughts of our fellows are uniformly positive. The emphasis is that the face of Psychiatry should be modified, and to improve psychiatric education at undergraduate as well as post graduate level. Most members want to see improvement in science and art of psychiatry, mental health insurance for our patients benefit and many more which I will try my best to fulfill in my tenure as President of I.P.S.

ANCIPS 2016 is being held at Bhopal, one of the greenest cities in India and also one of the greatest educational hubs. Bhopal was founded by the legendary king Raja Bhoj in 11 th century C.E. and it is popularly known as "City of Lakes". I personally welcome you all to the conference which is being organized under the able leadership of Brig. M.V.S.K. Raju.

I sincerely thank all the members for your help, guidance and support in all my efforts to make Indian Psychiatric Society the best in the World Associations of Psychiatry.


G Prasad Rao
Asha Hospital, Hyderabad.
[email protected]

Hon. Genral Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society

Happy New Year.

The activities of Indian Psychiatric Society for the year 2015 have kick started in a big way with ANCIPS 2015 held in Hyderabad. The conference was organized with lot of fanfare keeping the reputation of the chairperson and secretary of the conference. It was heartening to see more than 4000 delegates attending the conference. The arrangements made for smooth conduct of the events were amazing and the scientific flavours matched the Hyderabad biriyani.

The show moves on to Bhopal, the city of lakes. I am sure you agree that Bhopal is small compared to Hyderabad but the heart of the organizers is equally big. If the enthusiasm of the organizing committee is any indication, the mega even is going to be a smash hit with picturesque locales of the venue of ANCIPS 2016 giving you a life time experience. Enjoy the Nawabi cuisine, sprawling palaces, ubiquitous water lakes and ever smiling hospitality of Bhopalis.

Mid term CME was held in Nagpur under the able guidance of Dr.Sudhir Bhave with enthusiastic efforts of Dr.Sushil Gawande. The verdict of the audience was that it was one of the most well planned and organized meetings with a rare distinction of finishing every program in time.

The WPA Regional Congress 2015 in Kochi inaugurated by the Hon'ble Governor of Kerala Justice Sathasivam and attended by about 900 delegates was a well organized conference. The scientific deliberations started with the Presidentail address of Dr.Dinesh Bhugra. There were 19 plenaries and 10 workshops. The WPA Executive Council in consultation with Indian Psychiatric Society drafted Kochi Declaration.

It has been a silent year as far as Mental Health Care Bil is considered. There has been a little activity both from Government and other stakeholders. The office bearers of IPS made few attempts to influence the machinery, meeting the health ministry officials, thanks to the efforts of IPS Karnataka State branch. The High Court of Karnatka directed the ministry to take the opinion of the mental health professionals before enacting the bill which is still pending with Rajyasabha and the task of the IPS would be to see to it that the suggested modifcations be included. I am sure the incoming executive have its task well cut for the job. But the discussion on Clinical Establishment Act raised some controversy. It is time a separate sub committee is formed to study the situation and prepare a draft for submission to the Government.

One of the major efforts made was to introduce clinic software with lot of efforts put in by Dr.Sanjay Phadke and Dr.Umesh Nagpurkar. Another milestone would be unvieling of off line version of the software in ANCIPS 2016 in Bhopal which makes it very easy for all practicing psychiatrists all over the country to have a common record keeping tool.

The initiative of Dr.Shiv Gautam and Dr.Ajit Avasti to publish Clincial Practice Guidelines is a much needed project and the standard manuals will be available soon. The publication committee under Dr.Gautam Saha made a breakthrough program conducting a highly innovative meeting at Kolkata. The sub committee deserves appreciation for taking up publications without putting any financial burden on the Society. It may of interest to the members to know that Indian Psychiatric Society would be bringing out two books with compilation of articles on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Comorbid Depression respectively.

Efforts are underway to move from manual voting to e-voting. The demonstrations for fool proof method of conducting elections are being made and once the data of all members is collected, it is only matter of time that we can do away with laborious process of conducting elections in traditional way. But a small march with caution is better than a suden jump!

Thr major hiccup in the year was non functioning of website which got crashed and unfortunately restoration took longer than anticpated. Now thankfully the website is functional but needs to be upgraded and updated at regualr intervals. Another progress being made to have mobile apps for IPS and IJP, bringing everything that needs to be known about the Society at the finger tips of the members.

This year also would be a land mark year of announcing the first winner of JKT Life time Acheivement Award in the forthcoming ANCIPS. The award is in recognition of immense contribution made by a brilliant collaegue and a thorough gentleman, Dr.J.K.Trivedi.

The biggest achievement has been successful filing of returns of income tax for the first time in the history of Indain Psychiatric Soceity and no amount of praise would suffice to reflect the hard work of our treasurer Dr.Vinay Kumar and octogeneraian chairman of Finance sub committee Dr.Ponnudurai. Though the financial activities of all branches are delinked to simplify the accounts, we should look into future with a common and combined audit sheet.

There have been individual brilliances and to top all, Dr.Vikram Patel has been nominated as one of the top hundred influential persons by Time, rare honour for a mental health professional. Dr.E.Mohan Das was recognsied for his mentor ship internationally. Dr.Roy Abraham Kallivayalil was presented with IMA National Award and Dr.Vianay Kumar is making head lines in literary circles.

It has been a journey with many memories and lot of companionship. But many miles to go.............

Long Live IPS!

N. N. Raju
General Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society
15-15-33, Maharanipeta, Visakhapatnam.
[email protected]

   Welcome From The Organizing Committee Top

Welcome to ANCIPS 2016

The 68 th annual national conference of Indian Psychiatric society is being organised at Bhopal , the capital city of the sprawling state of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is popularly known as the "city of Lakes". This is the first time ever that ANCIPS is being held in Madhya Pradesh!

With more than three hundred thousand square kilometres of land mass of rich farm land , virgin forests, lofty mountains, gurgling rivers, growling tigers, grandeur of history, mystique of spiritual places and the grace of its friendly people who are rooted in tradition yet aspiring to grasp the best that science can offer , Madhya Pradesh is quintessential India in every way: the very heart of India. And Bhopal is the heart of the heart of India.

The legendary Raja Bhoj, who could easily claim to be author of Renaissance two centuries before it started in Europe, is the founder of the city and builder of its iconic Big Lake ( Bhoj tal) and the unfinished Bhojeshwar temple. Built a thousand years ago the squarish temple without the Nandi at the entrance looks like a modern building! Bhopal and its environs were the milling ground of many races. Heliodorous, a Greek, erected a pillar for Vishnu at Vidisha 50 kilometres from venue 3 centuries before the common era! Bhimbetka caves, near here, have the second oldest rockpaintings in the world. The Great emperor Ashoka built the Sanchi stupa, the oldest masonry structure in the world, near here two centuries before the common era! The old script of Sanskrit was deciphered here. The Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya (Museum of Man) of Bhopal is a marvel that depicts evolution of man and the Tribal Museum, the largest of its kind in the world, has everything you need to know about the culture and technology of various tribes of India. It is sad that the beautiful city was devastated a generation ago. But you will see a different Bhopal now: a symbol of resilience and resurgence.

The venue for the conference is Peoples World, a special entertainment zone of just few hundred acres of steel and concrete of sheer poetry set in clean and lush green by people with vision. Peoples World is a world in itself. The three pillarless halls each with a capacity to seat three thousand people will form the hub of the conference. In all we have created 17 halls for the smooth conduct 350 symposia and nearly six hundred paper presentations.

The choice of synapse in the logo is conscious and deliberate: for it is here that the physical get transmuted into a mental experience. By choosing the theme "Translational Psychiatry- Braining the Mind" we hoped to bring you and the general public to see how the findings on the bench of the laboratory can be brought to the benefit of the patient on the bed and in the community. The theme also is likely throw up images of what course psychiatry will adapt in the coming years.

The weather here at this time is pleasant with an odd chill and a rare drizzle. The adventurous amongst you can seek an appointment with the king of jungle, go on river and lake cruises or go on trek in the famous Pachmari ranges. Gourmands can whet their appetite at the excellent fare offered at the conference itself or go on tour to Chatori Galli. People of Bhopal love to have tea when the world sleeps! You may chose to join the crowds at the many tea stalls which come alive at night!

The enthusiasm of colleagues has been heart warming. The Scientific fare appears overall a trifle unconventional may be which might actually pressage what is ahead for psychiatry tomorrow and beyond. We take this opportunity to welcome you all to ANCIPS 2016. Come home to Bhopal!

Brig. MSVK Raju,
Organizing Chairperson,
E-mail: [email protected]
Vaibhav Dubey,
Organising secretary
Department of Psychiatry, People's College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal (MP)

   Editors Column Top

Psychiatry: Light at the end of the tunnel

T.S. Sathyanarayana Rao, 2 Abhinav Tandon

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore; Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry. [email protected]

2-Consultant psychiatrist & Director Dr AKT Neuropsychiatric Centre, Allahabad; Asst. Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry.

Neuroscience and behavioral sciences have progressed in leaps and bounds in the last two and a half decades. A sea of information is currently available from varied resources; however the Organizers have done a commendable job in tailoring the information, through the current theme "Translational Psychiatry- Braining the Mind", with an emphasis on scientific basis and current research in Psychiatry. Getting well versed with the advances in Brain imaging, Addiction Psychiatry particularly addiction to electronic gadgets and Psychopharmacology are a must for the current day Psychiatrist. Internet and gadget addiction are the upcoming problem behaviors of young generation which can push the young mind to commit crimes, initiate suicidal behavior , can lead to relationship difficulties, hamper studies and dent the psychology of teenagers leading to a significant psychiatric morbidity. According to networking technology giant Cisco smartphones (mobile phones with built-in internet connectivity) are expected to reach 651 million by 2019 in India. A major chunk of the 243 million adolescent population in India (Unicef 2011 Report) would be the target of internet service providers. Many of these new generation of 'digital natives' are likely to get nomophobic (no-mobile-phone-phobia, coined in 2010 by the United Kingdom Post Office) in subsequent years. 1

New Mental Health laws (The Mental Health Care Bill,2013 and The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014); Clinical Establishment Act and recent trends in Forensic Psychiatry highlight the changing socio-cultural milieu and the need for updated laws in a dynamic society. IPS has been at the core in sustaining efforts to bring about positive changes in The Mental Health Care Bill,2013 and in highlighting the importance of undergraduate psychiatry. The WPA (World Psychiatric Association) Kochi declaration, 2015 was instrumental in highlighting the importance of psychiatry in primary care and inclusion of psychiatry as a separate subject in undergraduate education.

The future of Psychiatry is in association with technological advances and hence clinic softwares in psychiatry , smart cards for IPS (Indian Psychiatric Society) members, smart phone apps for IPS and IJP (Indian Journal of Psychiatry), e-voting for IPS are the current trends, work on many of which has already been started and even completed. However as History acts as a guiding light for future developments, an exhibition is being organized for the same. History of IPS, IJP and the modern mental asylums deserves a mention here.

Ancient Vedic texts like 'Atharva-Veda', 'Charaka Samhita' and 'The Bhagwat Gita' mention about mental illnesses and their importance; Vatsyayana wrote 'Kamasutra', covering significant literature on sexual medicine. These texts can be considered as ancestors of our current 'Indian Journal of Psychiatry'. The Indian Journal of Psychiatry started in 1949 as Indian Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry, edited by Dr Nagendra Nath De. However, it was restarted in 1958 under its current name, with Lt. Col. Bardhan, a pathologist as its editor, after being stopped in 1954. 2 The Indian Association for mental hygiene took birth in 1929, due to efforts of Berkeley Hill. The Indian division of "The Royal Medico-Psychological Association" was formed in 1935 with Dr Banarasi Das at its hilt and later revived in 1946 due to the efforts of Dr NN De which led to the birth of "Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS)" on 7 th January 1947 at Delhi. The first annual meeting of IPS was presided over by Dr. De and held at Patna on 2 nd Jan 1948, laying the foundation for regular annual meetings of IPS. 2 Lunatic asylums were established in Bombay (Mumbai) Calcutta (Kolkata) and Madras (Chennai) in the 1700s, initially to manage Europeans with mental and behavioral disorders and a little later for Indians. The initial mental asylums were built at Bombay (1745) and Calcutta(1784) which led to the inception of psychiatric care in India. 3 The modern Psychiatric care in independent India has evolved significantly, however a flavor of the colonial period still remains. 4

An exhibition on 'The Lived History of Psychiatry in India" is being organized by the Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry along with Alok Sarin (New Delhi), Sanjeev Jain & Pratima Murthy (Bangalore), Vinod Kumar Sinha & Nishant Goyal (Ranchi) and Abhinav Tandon (Allahabad), as Co-Editors. The focus of this exhibition is on early 20 th century, covering the late Colonial period including early Independence. The most 'modern Asylums' built in early 20 th century at Ranchi and Bangalore along with individuals associated with it, are being covered. Somatic & psychological therapies and socio-cultural psychiatry in that period along with efforts of prominent personalities in the field for reform deserves a mention. The influence of Indian work in Psychiatry on Global trends in behavioral sciences is being showcased. The innovative thinking of Stalwarts in that era, some remaining on paper and others getting transformed into action are being focused on. As Gary Ryan Blair rightly said;
"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which".

Finally, the editorial team is well aware of the excellent arrangements being made at Bhopal for the exhibition and the conference in general, both for academics and the fellowship. We are confident that ANCIPS 2016 will be a grand success. We wish the organizers all the success and every participant a pleasant experience.


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