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Bombay Psychiatric Society is an autonomous body of Mental Health professionals in the city of Mumbai, working for the cause of positive mental health by promoting prevention, control, treatment and relief of all psychiatric disabilities. Public education, Psychiatric training, Research and academic exchange are other areas of society’s focus.

Regular activities consist of clinical meetings, seminars, annual quiz for undergraduate and post graduate students, and an annual debate for PG students. The Annual Day function is a major event with award sessions for research papers, an awarded oration and a national level lifetime achievement award.

Continuous growth of the society has been possible only because of the vision of the founder members and dedication of active members over the years inspite of turbulent phases. The Society is governed by it’s constitution, and the administration is handled by honorary service of executive committee members duly elected or nominated. Life membership with voting rights is awarded to qualified eligible Psychiatrists. Other mental health professionals and medical experts are enrolled as associate members and PG students are given Student Membership. BPS is a registered society with recognition from charity commissioner and exemption benefits under section 80-G by Income tax dept.

The society began functioning formally in 1967, with meetings at the late capt.(Dr.) K.A.J. Lalkaka's residence at kemp's corner. Guest speakers, discussions on interesting cases and academic subjects were the content of their 1----11/2 hour meetings.From these meetings sprang the concept of holding luncheon meetings at the K.E.M Hospital hosted jointly by Dr. N.S. Vahia and Dr. V.N. Bagadia .
As the attendance increased the meetings became regular monthly meetings with all 4 medical colleges (JJ Hospital, K.E.M Hospital, Nair Hospital, Sion Hospital) participating and invitations being extended to all Psychiatrists and Psychologists in private and non- teaching set-ups. Around 1965 it was felt the body was now strong enough and the Bombay Psychiatric Society was formally named and constitution adopted.

At the first general body meeting Dr. Lalkaka was elected president and Dr. K.R.Saraf became the first Hon. Secretary of our Society.

 

Historical Landmarks In The Journey Of BPS
  • On the Silver Jubilee of BPS, an award was sponsored by BPS for best paper at IPS, which is given every year.
  • In 1994 - 95, with the help of Dr A. K. Naik, all matters with the Charity Commissioner’s Office were sorted out, and BPS was successful in getting IT Exemption for donations to our society.
  • In 1996, Dr K. S. Ayyar was instrumental in the institution of different awards in BPS
  • BPS has worked on various treatment guidelines. The ECT guidelines were finalized in 1999. These guidelines are used by most Psychiatrists in the city of Mumbai.
  • First photo directory was released in 1996.In 2006, a new photo directory was released.
  • BPS went online with its first website in 2005.
  • The new BPS logo was finalized in 2007.
  • BPS has been active in the community in increasing awareness and sensitization about mental illness, and in suicide prevention.
  • BPS has extended psychological help to those affected by natural disasters like the Gujarat earthquake, man-made disasters like the Train bomb blasts in 2006, and the Terrorist attacks in 2008.
  • BPS goes Green in 2011


  • Year President Secretary Treasurer
    1967-68 Dr. KA.J. Lalkaka Dr. K.R. Saraf ------
    1968-69 Dr. KA.J. Lalkaka Dr. K.R. Saraf ------
    1969-70 Dr. J.C. Marfatia Dr. H.C. Parekh ------
    1970-71 Dr. V.N. Bagadia Dr. H.C. Parekh ------
    1971-72 Dr. Shanti Sheth Dr. L.P. Shah ------
    1972-73 Dr. S.M. Lula Dr. L.P. Shah ------
    1973-74 Dr. B.H. Vaidya Dr. Alan De Sousa Dr. P.V. Pradhan
    1974-75 Dr. N.S. Vahia Dr. Alan De Sousa Dr. P.V. Pradhan
    1975-76 Dr. D.M. Bassa Dr. K.P. Dave Dr. P.V. Pradhan
    1976-77 Dr.(Miss) M.B. Gamat Dr. K.P. Dave Dr. P.V. Pradhan
    1977-78 Dr. L.P. Shah Dr. K.P. Dave Dr. J.S. Apte
    1978-79 Dr. A.P Patkar Dr. S.R. Kamra Dr. P.C. Shastri
    1979-80 Dr. V.G. Joshi Dr. S.R. Kamra Dr. P.V. Lakadawala
    1980-81 Dr. Alan Desousa Dr. S. Ishvaran Dr. P.V. Lakadawala
    1981-82 Dr.(Mrs.) D.A.Desoua Dr. Charles Pinto Dr. Shyam Lulla
    1982-83 Dr. D.K. Deshmukh Dr. Charles Pinto Dr. Shyam Lulla
    1983-84 Dr.(Mrs.) K.J.Sethna Dr. Rajendra Barve Dr. Dinesh Narulkar
    1984-85 Dr. P. V. Pradhan Dr. Rajendra Barve Dr. Dinesh Narulkar
    1985-86 Dr. P.C. Shastri Dr. Ajit Dandekar Dr. S.S. Mahatme
    1986-87 Dr. K.P. Dave Dr. Ravi Abhyankar Dr. Anand Popli
    1987-88 Dr. R.R. Patel Dr. Mahesh Parekh Dr. Anand Popli
    1988-89 Dr. Ravi Abhyankar Dr. Mahesh Parekh Dr. A.K. Shrivastava
    1989-90 Dr. Manilal Gada Dr. Mahesh Parekh Dr. A.K. Shrivastava
    1990-91 Dr. H.S. Dhawle Dr. S.R. Parkar Dr. Nilesh Shah
    1991-92 Dr. Charles Pinto Dr. S.R. Parkar Dr. Nilesh Shah
    1992-93 Dr. Mahesh Parikh Dr. S.R. Parkar Dr. Nilesh Shah
    1993-94 Dr. P.V. Lakadawala Dr. S.R. Parkar Dr. Nilesh Shah
    1994-95 Dr. A.M. Naik Dr. P.R. Nayak Dr. Y.M.Matcheswalla
    1995-96 Dr. S. R. Parkar Dr. P.R. Nayak Dr. Y.M.Matcheswalla
    1996-97 Dr. K.S. Ayyer Dr. Ajita Rane Dr. Y.M.Matcheswalla
    1997-98 Dr. Rajesh Parikh Dr. Ajita Rane Dr. Y.M.Matcheswalla
    1998-99 Dr. Ravindra Kamat Dr. Ajita Rane Dr.Y.M.Matcheswalla
    1999-2000 Dr. Ajit Dandekar Dr. Ajita Rane Dr. Y.M.Matcheswalla
    2000-2001 Dr. Harish Shetty Dr. Henal Shah Dr. Simmi Sachdeva
    2001-2002 Dr. Anjali Chhabria Dr. Henal Shah Dr. Jahnavi Kedare
    2002-2003 Dr. Manoj Bhatawdekar Dr. Henal Shah Dr. Jahnavi Kedare
    2003-2004 Dr. Nilesh Shah Dr. Jahnavi Kedare Dr. Anita Sukhwani
    2004-2005 Dr. Bharat Shah Dr. Jahnavi Kedare Dr. Anita Sukhwani
    2005-2006 Dr. Prasad Nayak Dr. Jahnavi Kedare Dr. Anita Sukhwani
    2006-2007 Dr. Yusuf Matcheswalla Dr. Shilpa Adarkar Dr. Malay Dave
    2007-2008 Dr. Rajendra Barve Dr. Shilpa Adarkar Dr. Malay Dave
    2008–2009 Dr. Sanjay Kumawat Dr. Jayita Deodhar Dr. Malay Dave
    2009–2010 Dr. Kersi Chavda Dr. Jayita Deodhar Dr. Malay Dave
    2010–2011 Dr. Henal Shah Dr. Jayita Deodhar Dr. Malay Dave
    2011–2012 Dr. Rakesh Ghildiyal Dr. Shobha Nair Dr. Niraj Ravani
    2012–2013 Dr. Sanjay Bagadia Dr. Shobha Nair Dr. Niraj Ravani
    2013–2014 Dr. Ajita Nayak Dr. Sheryl John Sentilnathan/
    Dr. Heena Merchant Pandit
    Dr. Kavan Lakdawala
    2014–2015 Dr. Ajai Singh Dr. Heena Merchant Pandit Dr. Kavan Lakdawala
    2015–2016 Dr. Ashish Deshpande Dr. Heena Merchant Pandit Dr. Prashant Shah
    2016–2017 Dr. Malay Dave Dr. Kavan Lakdawala Dr. Prashant Shah
    2017–2018 Dr. Niti Sapru Dr. Sagar Karia Dr. Milan Balkrishnan

     

    * Source:

    • 1 - BPS membership directory 1996 compiled by Dr. M. Gada
    • 2 - Executive committee, 2012-13