Welcome to the 66th Annual National Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society from 16th – 19th January 2014 at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune.
It's been 12 years since Pune played host to ANCIPS. Pune had proud privilege of hosting ANCIPS as many as 4 times viz. 1950, 1958 ,1979 & 2001. Looking back, much has changed in the world of Psychiatry and in Pune city. We realize that every year ANCIPS is getting bigger and better & Pune ANCIPS 2014 will see a record attendance.
The Theme of the conference will be “Mental Health, Media and Legislation: Bridging the Gap”. We will have experts discussing this topic during the theme sessions. This year has seen India troubled by violence against women. Effective legislation has so far eluded us. Also the media has played a dominant role in publicising such crimes in every corner of India. The people have become wary of the sensationalism carried by the media under the garb of “Breaking News”
Psychiatry has evolved over several decades. Issues related to ignorance, stigma etc. related to mental illness appear to have declined. The Media has been an important ally to the Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in this endeavour. Thus one can appreciate the role of media in promotion of Mental Health. In fact before, during and after ANCIPS 2014 the IPS Pune branch has planned major Public Awareness Programmes in Pune.
As delegate you will appreciate that Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex was chosen as a venue considering it's spaciousness and serene atmosphere away from the crowded city. The main hall can accomodate 8000 people and there are 10 satellites halls for concurrent sessions. Exhibition stalls are adjacent and the complete venue is air conditioned.
Pune city has a population of 4 million. It is a unique blend of ancient heritage and modern structures which includes major malls, multiplex and branded shops. The weather in Pune in January is cool and you might like to bring along light woollen clothes. We are enclosing herewith details about travel to nearby interesting destination like Shirdi, Mahabaleshwar etc.
The ANCIPS 2014 will give each delegate upto 6 credit hours/ points and we are working actively in this regard. This conference will feature theme sessions, guest lectures in plenary session (By National and International faculties), Symposia, Workshops etc. You will also have an opportunity to present free papers & posters, details of which are mentioned in this brochure. We invite you to attend this scientific programme keeping in mind that they have been planned for refreshing knowledge and enhancing clinical skills.
You and your family are cordially invited to attend all the entertainment programmes associated with this conference which may include interesting films/ drama, dance / orchestra etc.
Looking forward to meeting you at ANCIPS 2014 Pune.