With profoundly sad and heavy heart, I share with you that Prof. BS Chavan, Head, Dept of Psychiatry and Director Principal, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, President-Elect of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry left for heavenly abode on 4.12.2020 at 2:30 AM.

Prof Chavan had a very distinguishing career. After doing his graduation from Government Medical College, Rohtak in 1985, he did his post-graduation from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 1987. He joined the faculty at All India Institute of Medical Sciences 1988. He joined the Department of Psychiatry at Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh in 1996 as professor and Head and went on to become Director Principal of GMCH in 2018.  Under his leadership, there were many initiatives in community and rehabilitation psychiatry from the department of psychiatry. He also established the Centre of Excellence at GMCH. He had numerous awards to his credit. His research contributions to the field are rich and unparalleled. His work provides deep insights into various aspects of psychiatry unique to India. He was a great clinician and looked after his patients and their families with scientific insights and human touch.

It is a very sad day for Indian Association for Social Psychiatry. He was President-Elect of IASP and served as Secretary General of IASP from 2010-2016. During his tenure, he took IASP to the dizzying heights. He made IASP visible at 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, approachable, found solutions to the problems, carried everyone along and was a great team person.

He was a great human being and was deeply engaged with life and was passionate about everything he did. He will be missed deeply by all of us in Indian Association for Social Psychiatry. May his soul rest in peace. May God give strength to his family and friends to bear this unimaginably profound loss.

Dr (Major) Mamta Sood
Secretary General
Indian Association for Social Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029, India
Phone: +911126546634, +911126593236