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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1
From the Desk of the Chairman, Organising Committee, ANCIPS 2014

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Date of Web Publication14-Jan-2014

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. From the Desk of the Chairman, Organising Committee, ANCIPS 2014. Indian J Psychiatry 2014;56, Suppl S1:1

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. From the Desk of the Chairman, Organising Committee, ANCIPS 2014. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Dec 8];56, Suppl S1:1. Available from:

Welcome: ANCIPS-2014

The name 'Pune' has been derived from punya-nagari i.e. city of virtue. Pune city has many things to feel special about. Rashtrakuta dynasty built the Pataleshwar Rock Temple in 8 th century which is one of the oldest evidences of Hindu civilisation in Pune. It is this city that nurtured, in early seventeenth century, little Shivaji (1630-1680) who later built the great Maratha Empire. After the death of Shivaji's grandson, the Maratha Empire came to the hands of the Peshwas, who were Brahmins, which has greatly influenced the culture of present-day Pune.

Pune was the "monsoon capital" of Bombay Presidency under the British rule and is well known for its British Raj bungalow architecture and the Garden Cities Movement layout of the Cantonment. It was in Pune in 1894 that Lokmanya Tilak initiated the concept of the "Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav" - the collective communal celebration of the festival of Lord Ganesha, the God of Wisdom. 1933 was a historical year for the film industry in Pune when Prabhat studio was shifted here. In the 1960s it was taken over by the Government of India and named Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

Among other important historical structures in Pune are the Shaniwar Wada, Parvati Temple, Dargah of Shaikh Salla, built during the early years of muslim rule, Lal Mahal, the site where Shivaji lived, the Kasba Ganpati temple established by Shivaji's mother, Shinde Chhatri and Sinhagad fort and the Aga Khan Palace, where Mahatma Gandhi spent 21 months under house arrest. The palace has a small Gandhi museum, as well as remembrances to his wife Kasturba and personal secretary Mahadeobhai. Some of the other notable places are the Vedanta Academy, near Malavali Hills, the Radha-Kunjbihari temple, situated in the heart of the city & the Osho International Meditation Centre. Pune has a number of prominent museums and parks. The Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden is a recreation of Korakuen Garden in Okayama, Japan. Katraj Snake Park is another attraction.

Besides history it has a great heritage of knowledge, hence it has been very rightly referred to as "Oxford of the East" by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Pune prides itself in being called the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Important cultural fests include the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival and the Shaniwarwada Dance Festival. The rich cultural heritage of Pune is brought to life with a perfect blend of history, music and dance. Marathi theatre finds an important place in this city. The present day culture of Pune encompasses shades of both the traditional Maharashtrian lifestyle along with a progressive modern outlook. Pune has a variety of foods and cuisines a common among which is bhakri-pitla, or flat millet pancakes with flour-based curry. Not to lag behind in updation, it is also recognized as software-hub and auto-hub.

It is worth noting that the largest mental hospital of Asia is situated at Yerawada-Pune, spread over an area of 75 acres, with a bed strength of around 2500. So Psychiatric activity in this city is almost one hundred and fifty years old. It is on this background that we welcome you here to ANCIPS 2014 from 16 th to 19 th January 2014.

Our life is governed by various laws and legislature frames our pattern of life. However media greatly influences both the frames and pattern. Basic instrument of living is the mind. Media and legislature both impinge upon it, thus affecting mental health. One would desire that the three work hand in hand. But -alas- there seem to be present many gaps between them. Hence the theme: Media, Mental Health and Legislature- bridging the gap.

The conference promises to live upto the theme with lively discussions, new angles, and pearls of wisdom from the cream of respective fields.

A very HEARTY WELCOME to you all!!

Dr. Vidyadhar Watve
Chair person -Organizing Committee
ANCIPS- 2014

Dr. Kishor Gujar
Secretary, Organizing Committee
ANCIPS- 2014

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