|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 366-367
Professor B S Chavan, MD, DHM, FAMS, FIMSA (1961–2020)
|Date of Submission||17-Dec-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||17-Dec-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||31-Dec-2020|
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
. Professor B S Chavan, MD, DHM, FAMS, FIMSA (1961–2020). Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2020;36:366-7
Director Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh
Head, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh
Director, Government Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disability (GRIID)
Director, Mental Health Institute (MHI)
Head, Centre of Excellence (COE)
Past President of IPS – North Zone
Past President of IMA Chandigarh
President Elect, Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (2018–2020)
Secretary General, Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (2010–2016)
Organizing Secretary, World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP, 2016)
Chairman, Task Force on Rehabilitation Section of IPS, 2019
Chairman, Task Force on Community Psychiatry Section of IPS, 2020
Prof BS Chavan was born on March 25, 1961, and spent his early years in a small village near Shahzadpur, Haryana. Prof Chavan did his MBBS from Government Medical College, Rohtak, in 1985 and postgraduation in psychiatry from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, in 1987. He joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, in 1988. In 1996, he joined Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, as a professor and the Head of the Department of Psychiatry. He received WHO Fellowship in Community Psychiatry from Australia in 1998, and Diploma in Hospital Administration (DHM) in 2003 from NIHFW, New Delhi. He was a fellow of both National Academy of Medical Sciences and International Medical Science Academy.
Under his able leadership, the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH, grew exponentially, and he was instrumental in starting the Government Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID). He was the Head of the Centre of Excellence that facilitated training in allied mental health disciplines such as M.Phil in Clinical Psychology, M.Phil in Psychiatry Social Work, and Diploma in Psychiatry Nursing. At GRIID, he started Diploma in Special Education (D.Ed-MR), B.Ed in Special Education – MR and M.Ed in Special Education. He was the In-charge of Mental Health Institute and started the Disability Assessment and Triage Services. Prof Chavan started Umeed – under which currently sixty persons with intellectual disability have been placed at various outlets of Umeed in Chandigarh. He received the Presidential Award in 2003 in the category of Best Placement Agency from the then President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Prof Chavan started regular services for the caregivers of mentally ill patients and encouraged the families to get them registered as a self-help group in the name of Prayatan. For his contribution in the field of mental health and social work in disability, he received his second Presidential Award in 2013 as the Best Individual Working for Persons with Disability. He also started Home-Based Treatment Care and Crisis Intervention Services for dealing with crisis situations in mental health, including 24-hour Suicide Prevention Helpline in Chandigarh. Community outreach services for mental illness and substance abuse, including community-based indoor detoxification camps, were also started under his leadership. He also headed the State Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities.
Prof Chavan had an outstanding contribution toward research in mental health. He edited an invaluable resource in community psychiatry, “Textbook on Community Mental Health in India,” in 2012. He published more than 200 research articles in national and international Journals. He had to his credit numerous awards for presenting his research in various fora. His research contributions to the field were rich and unparalleled. His work provided deep insights into the various aspects of psychiatry unique to India. He was a great clinician and looked after his patients and their families with scientific insights and a humane touch.
Prof Chavan was the President-Elect of the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) and served as its Secretary General from 2010 to 2016. He organized the National Conference of IASP in 2012. During his tenure, he took IASP to dizzying heights and made it visible at the international level. He was the Organizing Secretary of a very successfully organized and well-remembered WASP 2016 Conference at New Delhi. He was a leader par excellence, was very approachable, found solutions to the problems, carried everyone along, and was a great team person.
He was a great human being who was deeply engaged with life, and was passionate about everything he did. He will be missed deeply by all of us in IASP. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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