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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1-2
Message from President Indian Psychiatry Society

President, Indian Psychiatric Society Director, Samvedana Happiness Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India; Direct Council Member Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, India

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Date of Web Publication14-Jan-2020

How to cite this article:
Vaishnav M. Message from President Indian Psychiatry Society. Indian J Psychiatry 2020;62, Suppl S1:1-2

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Vaishnav M. Message from President Indian Psychiatry Society. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jun 20];62, Suppl S1:1-2. Available from:

Dear Fellows and Esteemed Members of Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS),

As we enter the decade of the 2020s, we know how technology will change the scenario of what disorders we treat. From the diagnosis of affective and psychotic disorders, we are looking to a decade of problems such as technology addiction, virtual adultery-related relationship problems, and screen time-induced attention and memory deficits.

To have a national conference right at the dawn of the decade addressing the problems of the future is very apt and welcome. It is a matter of pride and appreciation that this ANCIPS 2020 with the theme “Smart Psychiatry in the Digital Era” is organized in the culturally rich city of Kolkata.

It is my proud privilege to pen down few words in this special supplement of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, which embodies Proceedings Abstracts of CME, guest lectures, presidential and other symposia, workshops, and free papers and posters presented at ANCIPS 2020.

As a President heading the scientific committee, I thank my team members for conceptualizing not only enriching but also interesting scientific program.

I am delighted to declare that on our invitation, Presidents or office bearers of more than 17 International Psychiatry Society's including WPA, AFPA, APA, Royal College of U. K. and Australia, Canada, Thailand, Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Taiwan, and Germany are attending ANCIPS 2020 with highest number of overseas delegates.

A year back, when I presided the IPS elected by my colleges, I always knew that it was a difficult task to better the work done by my predecessors. As an organization, the IPS today is looked upon internationally as a heavyweight among world psychiatric bodies.

The year that went by has made all of us realize how much important as medical specialty psychiatry is. With all the office bearers, executive committee members, specialty sections, and members of IPS showing active participation, we were able to organize 58 number of CMEs and more than 100 number of public awareness initiatives.

The privilege of being the National President of the IPS will be cherished and treasured by me for the rest of my life.

Looking back, I feel that it is very important for us to let our voices be audible to the nation for issues related to mental health. Being the apex organization of psychiatry, we are the voice of millions of people of India and have a responsibility that neither of the patients suffering from mental health nor their caregivers ever feel helpless or hopeless.

The successful protest against the Indian Film Industry to destigmatize mental disorders and not to project them in a derogatory manner was highlighted by a nationwide campaign and finally a legal victory against a powerful film production company of India to change the title of a movie.

In the past year, we have moved forward many strides toward generalizing the concept of psychiatric disorders as a disorder of the brain or like any illness of body, and this torch of awareness is passed on to the future generations to be kept afire. From fighting for the rights of LGBTQ, supporting the Indian Medical Association and Federation of Medical Associations of India on several issues, working with the authorities to simplify the Mental Health Act, fighting legal battle against MHCA-2017, busting myths about DMIT, influence the government to follow specific guidelines for addictive disorders, perusing press council to accept our suggestions to form guidelines for media in publishing news about suicide getting rights about learning and developmental disabilities of early childhood and much more. We have had a very active and productive year.

In an attempt to make the members of our fraternity more secure in time of violence against doctors, we have formulated a social security scheme to help doctors in legal matters.

By laying down the concept of IPS–Global, we aim to increase our global presence and engagements. The constant support to research, education, and knowledge we recommended many young psychiatrists to international conferences, knowledge exchange programs, and higher education courses with a vision that one day all this experience and knowledge will benefit the country.

Running this high office of IPS and exploring new demons have been very effective and easy for me because of Soft-spoken Vice-President Dr. P. K. Dalal, Ever Energetic and Enthusiastic Hon. General Secretary Dr. Vinay Kumar, Meticulous Hon. Treasurer Dr. Mukesh Jaggiwala, Dynamic and Indefatigable Editor Dr. Om Prakash Singh, my predecessor Dr. Ajit Bhide, and all the elected and appointed EC members and extended EC members.

The powerhouse of energy and happiness Dr. Gautam Saha, Ex. Hon. General Secretary and Organizing Secretary of ANCIPS 2020, has left no stone unturned to make my year successful and this conference an all-time great.

The wisest and experienced Dr. R. R. Ghoshroy, Chairman of Organizing Committee, with his entire team of Babu Moshays saying “Zindagi Lambi Nahi Badi Honi Chahiye” has made this conference a grand success.

Finally, my heartiest congratulations to Editor Dr. Om Prakash Singh for his herculean task of taking the Indian Journal of Psychiatry to newer heights.

Long Live IPS!

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence Address:
Mrugesh Vaishnav
Samvedana Happiness Hospital, 3rd Floor Satya One Complex, Opp R 3 Mall, Helmet Circle, Memnagar, Ahmedabad - 380052
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_2_20

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