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Dear Colleagues,

It gives me immense pleasure to intimate you that  Dr Roy Abraham Kallivayalil,   Vice President cum President-elect of the Indian Psychiatric Society  has been elected Secretary General of the World Association for Social Psychiatry (WASP). He has  assumed office recently and will continue in office till the next World Congress of Social Psychiatry to be held at Lisbon, Portugal in Sept 2013. He is the first Indian to be elected to this coveted post


Representing WASP, Dr Roy presented a paper on ‘Education in Person Centered Medicine- Indian Perspectives’ at the plenary session of World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting on Person Centered Medicine at Geneva on May 2-4, 2011.


5 May 2011


Dear Colleagues,

A meeting was held today (05-05-2011) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi with the agenda of Psychiatry as a separate subject in MBBS curriculum. This meeting was convened by Addl. Secretary MOHFW in response to the representation given jointly by IPS and IASP.

On behalf of Government of India, apart from the Addl. Secretary Mr. K Desiraju, the Director, MOHFW Ms. Sujaya Krishnan, the Jt. Sec. Medical Education Mr. Debashis Pandya, the Member of Board of Governers MCI Dr.Ranjeet Roy Chaudhary, the Secretary MCI Ms. Sunita, the CMO DGHS, GOI Dr (Ms.) Jagdeesh Kaur and Dr.Himanshu Gupta, the High end Mental Health Consultant MOHFW were present in the meeting.  IPS Vice President Dr. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, General Secretary Dr. U C Garg, EC Member Dr. B S Chavan and Chairman task force on Mental Health Act Dr. Rakesh Chadda participated in the meeting from IPS side.

The IPS delegation explained:

          I.      The enormity of the psychiatric morbidity but at the same time the pathetic condition of the services to mentally ill persons at primary care level on account of poor training of Primary    Physician/ General Practitioner in Psychiatry during their MBBS teaching.

        II.       The poor interest of MBBS graduates for Specialization in Psychiatry and

      III.         Non availability of PG courses in Psychiatry in many Medical Colleges.

The MCI representatives tried to explain that in the new syllabus, the teaching hours in Psychiatry are going to be increased and the two short questions in theory paper and a short case of psychiatry in clinical examination will be there in the final year examination of MBBS. The IPS Delegation rejected this proposition and asked for a separate subject or a separate paper during the MBBS Examination for the sake of increasing the knowledge and developing the interest of Undergraduates in Mental Health.

After thorough discussion, the Addl. Secretary Mr. K Desiraju decisively supported the view point of IPS and advised MCI to re-frame the syllabus for MBBS teaching and suggested MCI to consult the professional bodies like IPS for their inputs on the matter. He also instructed the concern authorities in the Ministry to find out the resources/ possibilities of starting PG courses in all Government medical colleges. In the last he thanked the IPS for advocating the matter for a right cause. On behalf IPS, Dr. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil expressed sincere thanks to Mr. K Desiraju for convening the meeting and linking the all concern authorities.

U C Garg

Hony. General Secretary, IPS

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