From madness to mental health, 50 yrs of PGI’s psychiatry dept

Calling it a journey from madness to mental health, the Psychiatry Department of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) celebrated the completion of 50 years of the department and 25 years of its drug de-addiction and treatment centre (DDTC) in a two-day programme, which ended on Monday.

About 100 alumni from across the world, including countries like the USA, Australia, Palestine, came together to attend an international CME on "The Journey from Madness to Mental Health: The Next Fifty Years of Psychiatry."

Former heads of the department, Dr N N Wig, Dr V K Varma and Dr P Kulhara were present on the occasion.

Professor Varma delivered a lecture on re-modeling postgraduate psychiatric training in India for the future. "The Psychiatry department has done a good job so far. We, at PGIMER, took up the leadership in the mental health area from first day. The alumni of this department are doing great job across India," he told Chandigarh Newsline.

Dr Savita Malhotra, head of Psychiatry Department said, "The department has produced about 200 MDs and all of them are leading in the psychiatry field. The research work done by the department has helped the society at large."

Talking about the future of Psychiatry Department, Dr Savita said, "We are planning to maintain links with alumni who have come from across world. We will take their help in teaching, developing and research purposes."

Dr Swaran P Singh, alumni of PGIMER talked about the importance of early intervention of Psychosis. The alumni also discussed other topics like psycho-dynamics, child psychiatry, and geriatric


Professors Wig and Varma were honoured with the `Manoved Samarpan Samman' for their services and leadership in the field. The department was also awarded the 'Manoved Seva Samman' for providing world-class services in mental health-care.

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