Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 352-

Message from Vice-President, Indian Psychiatric Society

Mrugesh Vaishnav 
 Vice-President cum President Elect, Indian Psychiatric Society

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Dear fellows and esteemed members of Indian Psychiatric Society

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all in the 71st Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS 2019) hosted by the Central Zonal Branch, in association with the Dept of Psychiatry, King George Medical College and Nur Manzil Psychiatric Centre, Lucknow on 31st January to 3rd February, 2019.

IPS has notable achievements this year and I promised to work hard to make IPS more visible & audible. Medical Fraternity in general and psychiatry in particular is facing many issues with Mental Health act-2017. Many of our colleagues are raising the question “Why Me?” (Such an act for psychiatrist only), but I promise you that we will face this situation and tell the Govt. That “Try Me”. Soon we will have active legal cell of IPS which will take care of legal issues arising out of new act. We are planning to launch one professional protection scheme to safeguard the right of our members and reduce the burden of legal fees on them. We also need to sansetise Media, elected representatives, Government, Judiciary and people at large. We need to function like NGO and on some occasions like trade union for protection of Right of people with Mental illness. Disability certification and other issues will also be tackled with utmost priority. IPS will fight for the cause of psychiatry and psychiatrists in India, I need your cooperation and active involvement.

I am sure all of you must be aware about the historical fact that Lucknow was the capital city of Awadh rich in culture and heritage now the capital of Uttar Pradesh. The venue of the conference is Indira Gandhi Pratishthan and the theme is “Mental Health-Nation's Wealth” which is very pertinent with rising psychiatric morbidity across ages. We have to work towards advancing Psychiatry to benefit society and improve people's lives.

The city traces its origin to Lord Lakshman is said to be the founder of this town. This city was made capital of Awadh Kingdom during the reign of 4th Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah. The last Nawab Wazid Ali Shah was an accomplished poet and dancer was finally exiled by the British East India Company in 1856.

The organizing Team ANCIPS 2019 & Team IPS have done a wonderful job to make this conference a memorable one. I am very sure the conference will be a place of great scientific fiesta with cultural extravaganza.

I wish the conference a grand success.

Long live Indian Psychiatric Society