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MESSAGE FROM THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE  
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 4-5
Message from the Organizing Committee


1 Organizing Chairman & Director, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
2 Organizing Secretary, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

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Date of Web Publication1-Feb-2018
 

How to cite this article:
Ram D, Munda SK. Message from the Organizing Committee. Indian J Psychiatry 2018;60, Suppl S4:4-5

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Ram D, Munda SK. Message from the Organizing Committee. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 May 10];60, Suppl S4:4-5. Available from: https://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/text.asp?2018/60/5/4/224278


WELCOME MESSAGE

The 70th Annual National Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS 2018) is being organised at Ranchi, the capital city of the tribal heartland of Jharkhand. This is the second time ANCIPS is being held in Ranchi after a gap of more than 30 years.

Jharkhand, the mineral rich land of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, is located in the eastern part of India bordering the states of Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, and Chattisgarh. Tropic of Cancer passes through Kanke, just nearby the conference venue, making it the only state in India touched by Tropic of Cancer. Most of the Jharkhand region is part of Chotanagpur plateau, which also extends to some parts of West Bengal, Chattisgarh, and Orissa. This region is made up of the ancient stone Arkiyan Granite Tatanis.

Ranchi, the capital city of state has its old world colonial charm even now. On the outskirts of Ranchi lies the famous Tagore Hill, named after Rabindranath Tagore who is believed to have written a part of his famous Gitanjali here, besides other poems. The view of sunrise and sunset from the hilltop is one of the most beautiful things to see. At the other end of Ranchi is the Kanke Dam, which is ever crowded with tourists. A few kilometers from the dam is the 17th century Jagannath Temple where the annual Ratha Yatra is held in the month of June/July. On Ranchi - Hazaribagh road is the War Cemetery, which is the smallest 'concentration' cemetery in India with a total of 708 burials, which includes a soldier of the army of undivided India, besides various other countrymen who fought for the British cause. The graves are well classified and all of them deserve attention for their appealing epitaphs. McCluskieganj is a small village near Ranchi. It evokes nostalgia and one gradually discovers that the place was once popular with the Anglo-Indian community. Konkona Sensharma's directorial debut “A Death In The Gunj” is set in McCluskieganj as filmmakers have taken note not only of the spectacular natural beauty, clean air and extravagant greenery, but also of the village itself, a heady mix of the untamed and the sophisticated. Some of the houses here have retained their English names together with the epitaph of 'haunted house'. During the 1950s, there were no less than 100 Anglo Indian families with their typical cottages, clubs and shops. There are many other destinations worth a visit such as Betla National Park (Palamau), Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, Netarhat, Rajrappa, Parasnath, Deoghar. The weather in early February is usually pleasant with a mix of cold chill and warm sun. The adventurous amongst you can seek an appointment with the Wildlife Sanctuary or many water falls near Ranchi.

Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), our conference venue, has been a premier institution of mental health in India. The serene campus of CIP which spreads across 212 plus acres of land, offers the latest medical advances in an environment that promotes mental health and enhances a sense of wellbeing. The institute functions under the administrative control of Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi. The objectives of the institute have been to provide high quality tertiary treatment, development of man power and research in the field of mental health and neurosciences. The institute has various first's to its credit in the field of mental health and neurosciences. The institute is catering to more than 85,000 patients, generating more than 130 research publications and presentations and developing more than 50 personnel trained in the field of mental health and neurosciences every year.

As the institute completes 100 glorious years since it's inception in 2017, the centenary year envisages an exponential leap in growth and development of the institute. With the advent of it's centenary celebrations, the institute vows to embark upon a new journey for re-development as an institute of national importance in India. As part of the centenary celebrations, Indian Psychiatric Society gave us the opportunity and responsibility to hold this prestigious conference which is set to provide a platform for the mental health professionals to share their knowledge and valuable experiences. The conference venue is a mix of hanger based halls and existing halls at CIP. In all we have 15 halls for the conduction of scientific program during ANCIPS 2018.

The choice of brain and one of the wards of CIP in the logo is conscious and deliberate. The theme of the conference is “A Journey in Psychiatry: From Morals to Molecules”. By choosing this theme, we hope to highlight that though psychiatry is a branch of medicine, its practice, across time, has collateral influences from various allied sciences like philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc. And accordingly, we have planned a stimulating scientific program including plenary lectures, workshops, symposiums, theme sessions and paper presentations which will help enrich your scientific and academic pursuit.

The enthusiasm of colleagues has been heart-warming and we have a phenomenal number of registered delegates on board, both from the country and overseas.

We very much look forward to welcoming you in ANCIPS 2018 at CIP Ranchi.

With warm regards.



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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.224278

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