Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 311--312

Prof. J. K. Trivedi

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil1, Pronob Kumar Dalal2,  
1 Immediate Past President, Indian Psychiatric Society and President-elect, World Association of Social Psychiatry, India
2 Head, Department of Psychiatry, KGMC, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Immediate Past President, Indian Psychiatric Society and President-elect, World Association of Social Psychiatry

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Jitendra Kumar Trivedi was one of the most eminent psychiatrists India has produced. He was an academician, researcher, teacher and leader of rare abilities and wisdom. His sad and untimely demise on Sept. 16, 2013 leaves a void which is difficult to fill. He was one of the finest human beings whose hallmarks were sincerity, honesty, humility and commitment to his profession.

 Life and Career

JK Trivedi (1952-2013) was born on 15 th March 1952 at Lucknow. His school and college education was at Lucknow his native place from Mahanagar Boys School and Lucknow Christian College. He entered KGMC as a MBBS student in 1969. He completed his M.B.B.S. in 1973 and M.D. (Psychiatry) from same institution in 1977. He joined the department of Psychiatry, KGMC as lecturer in 1978. He became Reader in 1987 and Professor in 1995. He also served as Head of the department from November 2008 to March 2009. He served as a contractual professor in the department from March 2009 to September 2013. He served as a faculty member for about 35 years.

He was an excellent psychiatrist who was very well known internationally. He was a regular delegate of almost all the National and Zonal Conferences of Indian Psychiatric Society right from his post graduate days. He held many official positions of IPS. He was President of Indian Psychiatric Society - Central Zone in 1997. He became Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry (1997-2002) amd President of Indian Psychiatric Society in 2004-05. As Editor he enforced strict financial discipline and at the end of the tenure of editorship without taking any financial help from IPS, he gave Rs. 26 Lacs to the Journal account. In the international scene he was WPA Zonal Representative for Zone XVI - Southern Asia (2005-08). At the time of his demise, he was President-Elect of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry, member of Executive Council of Preventive Psychiatry Section of World Psychiatric Association and Chairman- Preventive Psychiatry Section of World Association of Social Psychiatry. He was also Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was one of the foremost researchers in Psychiatry in India and conducted researches in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health, USA; John Hopkins Institute, USA; Indian Council of Medical Research, World Health Organization, World Psychiatric Association and World Association of Social Psychiatry etc. He was one of the pioneering investigators of psychiatric drug trials in the country. He has more than 300 publications in national and international Journals. He received many prestigious awards in psychiatry including Tilak Venkoba Rao Oration, Marfatia Award, Dr. D. L. N. Murthy Rao Oration, Dr. V. N. Bagadia Oration and Dr. N. N. DE Oration among many others.

 Contributions to KGMC Lucknow

JK Trivedi was one of the pillars for strengthening the department and took it to greater heights in the national and international scene. He has keen interest in teaching psychiatry to his students. Hundreds of his former students are practicing psychiatry not only in India but around the globe and they adore and respect him for his teaching & training skills. He was passionate about treatment & care of his patients and enjoyed teaching clinical skills in psychiatry to his students. Whenever he went abroad and learnt something new about psychiatry he used to share it with the faculty & residents of the department.

 Formation of SPF

One of his lasting contributions was the formation of SAARC Psychiatric Federation, when he was President of IPS. At the meeting in Lahore on Sept. 19, 2004 his name was proposed as the President of the new organisastion. He declined and proposed the name of Abdul Malik of Pakistan as President and the Gen Secretary of IPS as the Secretary General of SPF. It is very rare to see such acts of generosity in public life these days.

He was a committed and loyal friend whose friendships were steadfast. He had travelled all over the world for WPA activities. His luggage was small and he cooked vegetarian meals not only for him but also for his friends. In many of the occasions, he used to share the same room with authors at many international conferences to cut costs of travel.

 Condolences from all Over the World

We have received hundreds of messages of condolences, only few of which could be included below due to paucity of space.

Juan Mezzich (Past President, WPA): "I am deeply saddened by the passing of our admired friend Professor Jitendra Trivedi. His youthful spirit, full of wisdom, kindness and an uncanny sense of dignity, shall continue to stimulate and guide us forever".

John Cox (Past President Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK and Past Secretary General, WPA) "JK Trivedi will be so much missed. He was an impressive man and a good friend. India was proud of him as is the World community of psychiatrists. A distinguished Royal College Fellow indeed".

Shekhar Saxena (Director, Department of Mental Health, WHO Geneva) "I have lost a friend and colleague".

Shinfuku N (Japan, Past President AFPA) "Please accept my deepest condoleanaces to the passing of Prof. JK Trivedi. From 2005 to 2008, Prof. Trivedi and I worked together as WPA Zonal Representatives for the Zone 16 South Asia and Zone 17 East Asia. Though we came from different culture, we became very good friends. I highly respected his integrity and his noble way of life".

Dusica Lecic-Tosevski (Belgrade, Serbia) "The news of loss of our dear colleague Jitendra Trivedi deeply saddened me. We worked together as WPA zonal representatives and developed friendship which I cherished. Trivedi was one of the most noble personalities I knew and he will remain in my memory for ever".

Norman Sartorius (Geneva): "It is with much sadness that I read your letter. Professor Trivedi had done so much for psychiatry in India and elsewhere and his potential to continue doing so was enormous".

Dinesh Bhugra (President-Elect, WPA): "I am sincerely sorry and shocked to hear about Dr. Trivedi's death. I came to know him personally during his tenure as editor of IJP and always found him to be extremely helpful and supportive".

Rudra Prakash (USA, Past President IAPA) "Many of us had shared a strong and enduring bond in various ways with Jitendra. In him, I have also lost a younger brother. May his fond memories give his family much needed strength to endure the pain of his loss".

Pichet Udomratn (Thailand, President AFPA) "I am very shocked to hear this sad news. Prof. Trivedi and I were friends since he was the WPA zone rep. while I was the President of Psychiatric Association of Thailand. He and I together joined with Prof. Shinfuku and colleagues to do a research study in Asia called REAP in 2008. He was one of great contributors to this project".

JKT is survived by his wife Dr. Upma Trivedi and two sons Dr. Mohit Trivedi and Shobhit Trivedi. We had visited his home at Lucknow to convey our heartfelt condolences on behalf of all. The demise of JK Trivedi is an irreparable loss not only to Indian Psychiatry but also to the world community of mental health professionals. He will live in our memories forever.