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Dr. S. P. Ramesh

Dr. Ramesh passed away on 30 Jul 2011. He was Supperintendent of Mental Health Centre, Thrissur, a position he served with distinction. After retirement, he moved to private practice. He was a most loving person,ever considerate to his colleagues and caring for his patients. His talents were multi-faceted. He had considerable interest in culture and literarature. He used to write regularly for 'Malayalam Varika' and other periodicals, which many of us used to read, with great interest. I have known him very intimately during my three years at Trichur, and he was a dear friend to me.

His sudden and untimely demise is a big loss not only� to the fraternity of psychiatrists in our country, but also to the civil society in general.

We deeply mourn his death and pray May his soul rest in Peace. We convey our deepest condolences to his bereaved family.

Dr. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil

We express our heartfelt condolences at the sad demise of Dr Geevarghese, an esteemed Life Fellow of IPS from Thrissur. I had closely known him, especially in the years I was in Thrissur. He was a kind hearted person, loved and respected by all who knew him. He had taken keen interest in the activities of IPS and Thrissur Guild. In his demise, we have lost a friend and a guide. We convey our deepest condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil


We miss Dr. Somyakanta Das MD Psychiatry, FIPS CONSULTANT (PSYCHIATRIST & DRUG DE-ADDICTION SPECIALIST) who is no longer with us.

1. He has passed MBBS From SCB MEDICAL COLLEGE- Cuttack in1971
2.MD with specialization in PSYCHIATRY from ARMED FORCE MEDICAL COLLEGE PUNE in 1983(Gold medalist of the university)
3.Worked as a MEDICAL OFFICER in CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE FORCE (CRPF) India as a general duty doctor in places including metropolitan cities, various states and advanced field areas getting medical & cultural experience of a wide range of population FROM 1973 TO 1994.

He has 39 years long experience in medical with 26 years of experience in managing Psychiatric Disorders and Drug De-Addictions.
Clinical psychiatry
Adolescent problem

He was the member of Several Prestigious National Academic Organizations.

1. Has been the President of the Indian Psychiatric Society, Eastern zone.
2. President, Secretary, of IPS Orrissa State branch taking active part in organizational activities.
3. He was an active consultant to the the then MIND, a psychiatric nursing home from 1998 to 2006, is a
visiting consultant to various hospitals in Bhubaneswar.
4. He is a life fellow of India PSYCHIATRY Society, Indian association of private PSYCHIATRY and also Industrial PSYCHIATRY.
5. Also member of LIONS CLUB and SUSHRUSHA.
Prof. M. Murugappan

It is extremely unfortunate and painful to know that Prof. M. Murugappan is no more with us. He left for the heavenly abode in the early hours of August 24, 2010. He had a brief illness prior to his last breath.

Prof. M. Murugappan, an alumni of Madras Medical College and completed his post-graduate training at the Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk, Chennai. He served at various capacities in Tamil Nadu. Finally, retired as Director of Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk, Chennai and Professor and Head of Madras Medical College. He is known for his teaching and contribution to community psychiatry at large in Tamil Nadu. His service for the Ervadi Tragedy was commended by many in Tamil Nadu. He was also a popular examiner in South India. Till date, he was working as Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, SRM Institute, Katankolathur, Tamil Nadu.

He was a fellow of the IPS and its past President of the Tamil Nadu chapter. He was also the Organizing Chairman of ANCIPS 2007 at Chennai, which stays in everyone's memory till date. He was an avid participator of the activities of the IPS, including the Mental Health Day celebrations.

His wife, an obstetrician, a nice and wonderful person, took care of Prof. Murugappan and family. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

It is a great loss to the Indian Psychiatric Society, and to Tamil Nadu in particular. May his soul rest in peace. On behalf of the IPS and self, I extend our heart-felt condolences to Prof. Murugappan's family.


Prof. M. Thirunavukarasu
Indian Psychiatric Society

Prof S Parvathi Devi

With deep regret, we inform about the sad demise of eminent neuro-physiologist Prof S Parvathi Devi (wife of late Prof A Venkoba Rao) on 29th July 2010 after a brief illness.

She was Professor of Physiology and Dean at Madurai Medical College, where she collaborated with her husband Prof A Venkoba Rao for research in neuro-psycho-physiology. She did extensive work on psycho-biology of suicide behaviour, the role of pineal gland in human behaviour and melatonin in depression. Her works were published in several national and international medical journals. Besides being a regular contributor to the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, she supported and assisted the editorial work of IJP when Prof Rao was its Editor from 1968-1976. She was a participant in several IPS National Conferences, the last time at Chennai in 2007.

She was intellectually a highly endowed person. A winner of the Johnson Gold Medal from Madras Medical College in 1949, she continued her academic pursuit right till the last year of her life. She was a great teacher, brilliant administrator and a most affable human being. She was like a mother to me, having known her from 1978 when I was a junior resident in Psychiatry at Madurai.

She is survived by her son Prof AV Ashok (Professor of Literature at Atlanta Univesity, US ) and Prof AV Shanthi, Former Director, Institute of Pathology, Chennai. We express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved members of the family. May her soul rest in peace.

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Past General Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society (2002-06)


Prof. S. M. Channabasavanna

With great sorrow, we are informing you about the sad news of the sudden passing away of our past President Dr. S M Channabasavanna on April-23rd morning, at an age of 78 years. Dr. Channabasavanna was Professor Emeritus and past Director, NIMHANS Bangalore and distinguished Hony. Editor, IJP, President of the Indian Psychiatric Society and Indian Association of Social Psychiatry. He was an able administrator, renowned teacher, researcher & clinician and above all a great human being. Demise of Prof. SMC is not only a loss to Indian Psychiatry but also a vacuum which will be difficult to fill in the coming years. I, on behalf of the office of Hony. General Secretary, IPS, express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May the Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give his family all strength and support to bear this loss. Sincerely Yours,
Dr. U C Garg
Hony General Secretary, IPS
Prof. S.M. CHANNABASAVANNA was born on 25th April 1932, Tiptur, Karnataka. He was Prof. Emeritus in Psychiatry, Former Director & Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. He was the Medical Director, Cadabam’s Rehabilitation Therapy Centers.
He did his MBBS from Mysore University, DPM from Mysore University, MD (Gen. Med.) from Mysore University and FAMS (Academy of Medical Sciences) and FAPS.
He was awarded with Prof. Ramakrishna Rao Award for the highest Marks in Medicine and Surgery in Final MBBS in 1955, Senior Psychiatrist Award – Indian Psychiatric Society, Karnataka Branch, during 1989, Rajyotsava Award by Govt. of Karnataka during 1991, DS Raju Oration Award 1992, Marfatia Award in 1992, PPA II Award in 1994, and IMA Doctors Day Award in 1995. DLN Murthy Rao Oration Award in 1996, Manasa Hospital Oration Award 1996, Dr. N. N. De Oration Award 1998, Bombay Psychiatric Society Life time Achievement in Award 2002. Dr. B.C. Roy Award – Eminent Medical Teacher in 2004, Late Dr. Suraj Mani Memorial Lecture Award in Feb 2006. For the first time a fellow of IPS had the Privilege of Inaugurating the Annual Conference of I.P.S. at Bombay in Jan. 2006. He was nominated as a Member of the Executive Committee- BHAS New Delhi, in February 2006 and was nominated as the Chairman of Ethics Committee- BHAS New Delhi in February 2006.
He was the President of Indian Psychiatric Society, Indian Society of Hospital Administration, Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, Vice-President of Richmond Fellowship Society of India, Fellow of American Psychiatric Association and a member of Trans cultural Psychiatry and World Psychiatric Association. He was an Advisor in Mental Health to Govt. of Maharashtra, Member of Narcotic Commission, Govt., of India, Expert Member of Parliament Group on New Mental Health Act, Dean of faculty of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore University, Member of State Level advisory Committee on Mental Health Services in Karnataka, an advisor in Mental Health, Govt. of Goa, Council Member of National Board of Examinations, Delhi, Council Member of National Academy of Mental Sciences, Senate and Syndicate member of Bangalore University, Member, Building and works committee of Sanjay Gandhi Accident and Rehabilitation Complex, Bangalore, Member of Finance Committee, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore, Member of Governing Council, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, Member of Central Ethics Committee, ICMR, New Delhi. Member of SAG, Publication and information ICMR, New Delhi. Member of Editorial Board, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Chairman of Specialty Board(Psychiatry), Member of Governing Council of Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, Bangalore.

He was the Editor of Indian Journal of Psychiatry, “Affective disorders” (a book published under ADAMHA-NIMHANS Collaboration) and NIMHANS Journal, NIMHANS, Bangalore.

He has guided 15 Ph.D. on Various specialties in Mental Health. He was an Assistant Surgeon, Govt. of Karnataka, Superintendent of Mental Health, Dharwad, Psychiatrist at K.R. Hospital, Mysore, Deputy Medical Superintendent at Mental Hospital, Bangalore & Assistant Prof. of Psychiatry at NIMHANS, Bangalore, Deputy Medical Superintendent and Associate Prof. of Psychiatry at NIMHANS, Prof. of Psychiatry and Medical Superintendent NIMHANS, Dean & Prof. of Psychiatry at NIMHANS and the Director and Prof. of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore.

He Guided MD and Ph.D. Candidates of Mental Health faculty at Bangalore University, Forensic Psychiatry, Family Psychiatry and Biological psychiatry. He was involved in several research activities for the last 30 yrs.

He played a key role in formulating Mental Health Act 1987, responsible for inducting of chronic Mental Illness as a disability in Disability Act 95, responsible for all-round development of NIMHANS and Making it a Deemed University, Principal Investigator in Quality assurance project funded by Human Rights Commission, started a Psychiatric unit at Medical College Mysore with 10 beds (1967). He was an advisor in mental health for Govt., of Maharashtra for 5 yrs and was instrumental in the overall development of the entire 4 mental hospitals in Thane, Nagpur, Ratnagiri and Pune. He was nominated as member of advisory board to the institute of psychiatry Goa – by Govt. of Goa 2008 and nominated by IPS Karnataka – as the Chairman of the Legal Cell – 2008.
Dr. Harisha Delanthabettu
Editor, IPS - KSB

Prof. Bankteshwer Mani Tripathi

Prof. Bankteshwer Mani Tripathi (popularly known as Prof. B. M. Tripathi), MD, MRCPsych, a noted teacher, clinician and academician at AIIMS has expired on 21 Dec 2009. Till the time of his death, his total number of Publication was:

Book/Book chapters 3/7
Research papers 43
Details of his publications from 2000 onwards
Books/ Book chapters
  • Tripathi, B.M. (2000) Pharmacotherapy of Substance Use Disorders. In: Substance Use Disorder -A Manual for Physicians, Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
  • Tripathi, B.M., Malhotra S (2001) Alcohol and substance use information service (1998-1999). Department of Psychiatry. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
  • Tripathi, B.M, Ambekar, A. (2001). Principles of Management of Substance Use Disorder and Outcome following treatment. In: Proceedings of Symposium on Treatment of Opiate Dependence Disorder with special focus on Maintenance Programme. Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
  • Tripathi BM, Ambekar A (2002) Management of anxiety associated with general medical conditions. In : Continuing Medical Education for General Practitioners, New Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College.
  • Tripathi BM, Malhotra S (2003) Sexual Behaviour and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS. ed. Sharma VK New Delhi, Viva Books Pvt Ltd. P.431-443.
  • Tripathi BM, Malhotra S, HK Sharma (2005): Alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors. Report on the Study – India, New Delhi, Centre for Behavioral Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
  • WHO(2005) Alcohol and sex: The health-risk synergy. Geneva, World Health Organisation (in press).
Papers (2001 onwards):
  • Tripathi BM, Lal R, Jhingan HP, Gupta S (2001) Disability in mental illness. J Pers Clin Stud, 17 (1) 1-8. 2. Maulik P, Hemraj Pal, Tripathi BM (2001) Self efficacy in a group of recently abstinent opioid dependent patients. J Pers Clin Stud, 17 (1) 19-26.
  • Bhowmick P, Tripathi BM, Jhingan HP, Pandey RM (2001). Social support, coping resources and codependence in spouses of alcohol and drug dependent individuals. Indian J Psychiat 43 (1) 219- 224.
  • Tripathi BM, Lal R, Nand Kumar (2001): Substance abuse in children and adolescents: An overview. J Pers Clin Stud, 17 (2) 1-8.
  • Jain R, Tripathi BM., Singh R(2001): Comparison of reported drug use and urinalisis in the assessment of drug use, Nat. Med. J.I. 14(3)176.
  • Dhawan A, Ramesh S, Tripathi BM(2002) The enigma of Craving. Indian J Psychiat 44,138-143.
  • Maulik P, Tripathi BM, Hemraj Pal, (2002) Coping behaviors and relapse precipitants in opioid dependence. A study from North India. J Subst Abuse Treatment. 22(3):135-40.
  • Bhatawdekar, M.L., Tripathi, B.M., Rais, N., Malhotra, S. (2002) Managing anxiety and depression in Diabetes. Indegene, India.
  • Tripathi, B.M., Ambekar, A. (2002). Smokeless Tobacco use in India – some issues. Proceedings of National Workshop on Tobacco a Gateway Drug. AIIMS, New Delhi.
  • Jhingan HP, Jain R, Desai NG, Vaswani M, Tripathi BM, Pandey M (2002) Validity of self report of recent opiate use in treatment setting IJMS, 56, 10, 495-500.
  • Chawla JM, Handa KK, Tripathi BM. Unilateral pseudohypoacusis in children Indian J Pediatr, 2006, 74: 312-312
  • Jain R, Tripathi BM, Varghese ST, Kumar N, Kumar M. Can you Trust Self-reports among Injectable Drug users in Clinical Setting? J Subs Use 2006, 11: 431-436
  • Singhal A., Tripathi BM, Pal HR, Jena R, Jain R. Subjective effects of additional doses of buprenorphine in patients on buprenorphine maintenance. Addict Behav 2007, 32: 320-331
Abstracts (2002 onwards):
  • Varma VK, Susser E, Malhotra S, Glyn H, Tripathi BM (2002) Symposium on ‘Relevance of Trans Cultural Research in Outcome of Schizophrenia’ at World Congress of Psychiatry, Yokohama
  • Tripathi BM, Varma VK, Matoo SK, Misra AK, Wig NN, Susser E (2002) Can outcome of schizophrenia be predicted? Symposium on ‘Relevance of Trans Cultural Research in Outcome of Schizophrenia’ at World Congress of Psychiatry, Yokohama
  • Varma VK, Malhotra S, Mojtabai , Matoo SK, Tripathi BM, Misra AK (2002) Pathways through schizophrenia through different cultures. Symposium on ‘Relevance of Trans Cultural Research in Outcome of Schizophrenia’ at World Congress of Psychiatry, Yokohama
  • Varma VK, Misra AK, Tripathi BM, Wig NN (2002) Relevance of transcultural research in outcome of schizophrenia. Symposium on ‘Relevance of Trans Cultural Research in Outcome of Schizophrenia’ at World Congress of Psychiatry, Yokohama
  • Tripathi BM, Dhawan A, Ramesh S (2002) Description of craving and its dimensions. Indian Psychiatric Society Conference, Kolkata.
  • Tripathi, B.M, Malhotra, S. (2002) Trends and patterns of alcohol use in India. Ist International Conference on Alcohol and Harm Reduction, Brazil 2002.
  • Tripathi, B.M, Hemraj, Pal., Agarwal, S.K. (2002), Tobacco use during opioid detoxification. 4th European Conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2002, Barcelona.
  • Tripathi, B.M, (2002) HCV and HIV infection among intravenous drug users in Northern India. International Conference on Substance use and HIV, Mumbai.
  • Tripathi, B.M, Hemraj Pal., Agarwal S.K. (2002), Tobacco use during opioid detoxification. 4th European Conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2002, Santander, Spain.
  • Tripathi, B.M, (2002) HCV and HIV infection among intravenous drug users in Northern India. HOPE 2002. International Conference on Substance use and HIV, Mumbai.
  • Tripathi BM, Jain R, Singh S, Nand Kumar (2002) High-risk behavior among IDU attending drug dependent treatment center in Northern India HOPE 2002. International Conference on Substance use and HIV, Mumbai.
  • Virendra Kumar, Avinash H, Ramesh S, Tripathi BM, Jagannathan R (2003): In vivo HMRS study of brain in patients with schizophrenia. National symposium on Biophysics Feb. 21-23, 2003. IIT, Roorkee.
  • ripathi BM. Varma VK, Matto SK, Misra AK (2003) Predicting pattern of course in schizophrenia. Indian Psychiatric Society Conference, Hyderabad.
  • Hosanagar A, Ramesh S, Jena R, Jagannathan N.R, Tripathi B.M (2003) Metabolite changes in thalamus of first episode schizophrenic patients using proton MRS, World Psychiatric Association Congress, Vienna.
  • Singhal A, Tripathi BM , Hemraj , Jena R(2004) Effects of additional doses of buprenorphine in opiod dependent subjects on buprenorphine maintenance presented at the World Psychiatric Association Conference at Florence, Italy Number of funded and Non-funded projects along With year completed/ongoing: Completed 2000-2003 4
Research Projects Completed:
  • Deepak K.K. and Tripathi B.M. (1997-2000) Opioids in autonomic control: Effect of physical training. DST project.
  • WHO(India) study on evaluation of functioning of de-addiction centres Co-investigator (2001-2002).
  • WHO review on Alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors across cultures: a literature review from India Principal Investigator (2001).
  • WHO study on Development of methodology to study determinants of sexual behaviour among alcohol users in diverse cultural settings Principal Investigator (2001-2003).
  • Size Estimation of Injecting Drug Users at 300 sites in India. The project was implemented by the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, New Delhi. Dr. Tripathi was involved in the capacity of scientific consultant.
  • Size Estimation of Injecting Drug Users at Punjab and Haryana. The project was implemented by the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, New Delhi. Dr. Tripathi was involved in the capacity of scientific consultant.
Thesis supervised as MD/PhD
a) As Chief Guide: 11
b) As Co guide: 11
Dr. (Brigadier -retd) SB Chatterjee
Our senior Fellow, Dr. (Brigadier -retd) SB Chatterjee, left for his heavenly abode on Dec 29th, 2009 at Kolkata. He has been a Past President of Indian Psychiatric Society, East Zone.
Dr. D.C. Mishra
Dr. D.C. Mishra, senior fellow based at Rourkela in Orissa, passed away in December 2009. Dr. Mishra was a pillar of strenghth for IPS - Eastern Zonal Branch and served as the Treasurer of the zonal branch for three years in mid-eighties. He was instrumental in organizing the Zonal Conference at Rourkela in 1986.
Dr. Krishna Roy
Dr. Krishna Roy of the Institute Of Psychiatry, Kolkata, passed away on 29th October 2009, suffering from a very recently diagnosed cancer.
Dr. V. N. Bagadia

I am deeply grieved to inform you about the sad demise of Dr. V. N. Bagadia. He was one of the legends in Indian Psychiatry, more so in the West Zone. He was also one of the pioneers in creating psychiatric awareness among people in our zone. It is a great loss to our fraternity.

Let us pray to The Almighty to give strength to his family members to tolerate this great loss

May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Mrugesh Vaishnav
President, IPS - West zone.

We have also lost during 2009
  • Dr. Kunal Goswami
  • Dr. Banalata Mahapatra
  • Dr. Jagdish Desai
  • Dr. Smt. Hema Lalit Shah
  • Dr. Fenn Baker
  • Dr. Pradeep Kumar Sankhyadar
  • Dr. Shyam Sundaran Nair
  • Dr. J. Muthalgan
  • Brig. (Dr.) R. N. Bhattacharya
  • Dr. Vishwanathan

Dr. K. L. Narayanan

Dr. K. L. Narayanan, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist from Kolkatta passed away on 10 April 2008. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

He had been actively involved in all the IPS activities. He was the representative from the East zone in the central IPS for the current year. Most members recall the excellent work he had done during the ANCIPS 2008, Kolkatta, as the chairman of the Scientific committee.


Dr. Jayanta Chatterjee

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep regret and profound sorrow, we have learnt about the sad demise of Dr Jayanta Chattejee (Kolkata). He was one of our senior Fellows and was deeply involved in IPS activities. He was Chairman of the Forensic Psychiatry Section of IPS in 2003-05.

Under his able leadership, a National Seminar on Forensic Psychiatry was organised in Kolkata on 5 Dec 2004, with the Theme: "Divorce and Mental Illness".It was a big success. I had the opportunity to getting closely associated with him at that time. He had tremendous commitment and showed attention to detail. It was unforgettable, that he received us personally at the Kolkata airport with bouquets in hand, even at midnight!

It was his personal qualities that endeared him to all those who knew him. In his death, we have lost a great friend and a perfect human being. We express our deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Past Gen Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society (2002-06)
Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College, Trichur -680 596, India

Dr. Dipak Choudhury

Date of Birth – 1st April 1954
Expired on 14th Feb 2008.
Date of passing MBBS – 1978 from North Bengal University Medical College
Did – DTM & H in 1983 from Calcutta University
DVD in 1984 from Calcutta University
DPM in 1993 from Calcutta University

Got married on 6th March 1987 has three children, (two sons and one daughter)
Joined West Bengal Health Service in 1984 in the district of South 24 parganas.
There after he worked at Alipore Special Jail from 1994 to 1996. In 1996 he joined as Psychiatrist at Midnapore district Hospital and worked there till 2005. From 2005 to the last day he was working as Medical officer at Calcutta Pav lov Hospital.

Throughout his working period he was sincerer and helpful towards his clients.

We have also lost during 2008
  • Dr. Alan DeSousa, Mumbai
  • Dr. Jyoti Mahapatra, Bhubaneshwar
  • Dr. Krishna Kumar, Kochi
  • Dr. Amit Mookerjee, Kolkata
  • Dr. Chandrasekhara G Reddy, Vijayawada
  • Dr. Ananth J V, USA
  • Dr. Jyotsna Chatterjee, Kolkata
Obituary 2007
  • Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya, West Bengal
  • Dr. Ranjna Garg, Chandigarh
  • Dr. P. K. Chaturvedi, Lucknow
  • Dr. N. S. Vahia of Mumbai, Past President of IPS
  • Dr. Nikhil Ranjan Saha, West Bengal
  • Dr. K. G. Tewari, West Bengal
  • Dr. Raheja H.C, Delhi
  • Dr. T. George, Chennai
  • Dr. Anil Malhotra, Chandigarh

Dear IPS members,

We paid homage to the above members of IPS in 2007-2009. We request you to send in a Obituary write up about any of the above memebers whom you know. Anyone having photographs of the members can also send it to us.

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