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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-5
Indian psychiatric society: A powerful force in world psychiatry

President, Indian Psychiatric Society, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India

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Kallivayalil RA. Indian psychiatric society: A powerful force in world psychiatry. Indian J Psychiatry 2012;54:4-5

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With more than 1.2 billion people, India constitutes nearly 20% of the world population. Indian Psychiatric Society with more than 4,000 fellows and members has emerged as a powerful voice in world psychiatry. We are one of the largest and most influential member societies of the World Psychiatric Association. Our membership has grown tremendously over the years and our activities have been multiple and varied. Our annual conferences (ANCIPS) is one of the largest attended and well-organized events. Our 2-day midterm CME and annual 1-day CME during Ancips have been excellent academic events. Our Journal - Indian Journal of Psychiatry - is a symbol of our pride. It is now indexed in PubMed and is one of the most widely referenced psychiatry journals in the world. This is a testimony to the hard work and commitment of our Editor TSS Rao.

During the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Elections held at Buenos Aires in September 2011, Prof. M Thirunavukkarasu, President, Indian Psychiatric Society, was elected as the WPA Zonal Representative for Zone 16. Thus, Prof. Thirunavukkarasu will be overseeing all the WPA activities in the entire Southern Asia. In the elections to the WPA Sections at the World Congress in Buenos Aires in September 2011, the present President of IPS was elected as Chairman of the Preventive Psychiatry Section. This is one of the oldest and most important Sections of WPA. These are indeed recognitions not to the individuals but to our Society.

We cannot afford to rest on our laurels but have to face several challenges now, both old and new. Despite our efforts for more than three decades, psychiatry remains neglected in the undergraduate (MBBS) medical education. This is unlike most developed and developing countries of the world. [1] Giving psychiatry its due and important place in medical education is one of the most important agendas for this year. The draft of the Mental Health Care Bill 2011 has already been published by the Government of India. We have been actively following up the matter. Our task force on mental health legislation is studying the amended bill afresh. Members and fellows are requested to give their feedback to this task force or to the office-bearers. Then we will present IPS views to the Government. It is likely that this bill will soon come before the Union Cabinet for approval. Hence, the time before us is very short and we have to act without any delay.

The establishment of our headquarters in Gurgaon is a landmark. Our new office is only 20 minutes drive from the airport. We will be able to set up our office as well as committee rooms and guest house in our new property. According to our treasurer Vinay Kumar, the investible funds with IPS is nearly exhausted. Let me exhort all our fellows and members to contribute generously to the HQ fund. These contributions will be suitably acknowledged. If we have the funds, we can complete the entire work of the HQ in 6 months or less.

To co-ordinate academic activities further we have the Committee for Research & Education Foundation, Training and Continuing Professional Development. Our websites and have become very popular. We have started Social Security Scheme for our fellows and members and each one of us should join the scheme. We have 15 committees, 12 sections, and 15 task forces. Some of them are continuing the good work of the previous years and some others have initiated their new work very actively. We have new task forces on IPS Position Statements, Person Centered Medicine, NGOs, Carers and Consumers, Mental Health Policy, and UG Medical Education among others, all of which are hoped to enlarge the frontiers of our knowledge and involvement of Indian Psychiatric Society in mental health issues. Besides, we have 5 well-organized zonal branches - South, West, East, North, and Central; state branches in almost every state; and several local branches, who are contributing immensely to the strength of IPS. Our hardworking General Secretary Asim Kumar Mallik is effectively supervising all these activities.

Regional co-operation in South Asia is one of our major goals. People of this region share the same culture, history, constraints, and almost similar challenges. [2] Being the largest and one of the most developed countries in the region, India is well placed to take the nations of South Asia together to ensure better mental health for the people. It is worthwhile to remember, it was under the leadership of Indian Psychiatric Society that the SAARC Psychiatric Federation was formed in 2004 at Lahore. We should be able to carry forward this good work.

We eagerly look forward to the help, support, and co-operation of all our fellows and members.

Long Live IPS!

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1.Murthy RS, Khandelwal S. Undergraduate training in Psychiatry: World perspective. Indian J Psychiatry 2007;49:169-74.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Trivedi JK, Goel D, Kallivayalil RA, Issac M, Shrestha DM, Gambheera HC. Regional co-operation in South Asia in the field of mental health. World Psychiatry 2007;6:57-9.  Back to cited text no. 2

Correspondence Address:
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
President, Indian Psychiatric Society, Professor of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala - 689 101
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.94637

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