South Asian International Division

Our purpose is to share information and promote discussion about psychiatry within the division.
  • Chair: Dr Sandip Deshpande (India)
  • Vice Chair: Dr Divya Ganesh Nallur (India)
  • Financial Officer: Dr Ashlesha Bagadia (India)

Our International Unit at the College offices in London provides overall administrative support to the South Asian division, you can contact Elen Cook for more information. 

If you would like to submit an article for a future issue of the newsletter then please email us.

The South Asian Division is happy to announce a bursary to enable a psychiatry trainee from the South Asian Division to attend the Royal College International Congress 2020 at Edinburgh  (29 June 2020 – 2 July 2020) to give an oral or poster presentation. The bursary is up to a maximum of £1,000 and £400 towards the registration costs for the trainee to attend the congress.

Who can enter

A psychiatry trainee from the South Asian Division (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste)


  • Must be a Trainee in Psychiatry (either a Junior Resident /Core Training or a Higher Specialist Trainee/Senior Resident)
  • Must have already submitted a proposal for an oral or poster presentation at the Royal College International Congress 2020 at Edinburgh
  • Only one entry per trainee is permitted
  • A decision-making panel of our Division will make the award against an agreed set of criteria. We reserve the right not to award the bursary if applications received are not of sufficient criteria.
  • Previous winners of the bursary are not eligible to participate
  • The successful candidate will be required to submit an article giving their feedback on the congress and their plans for disseminating their learning in their home country. If appropriate, the article (or extracts thereof) will be published in our newsletter.

·         Please follow the following format for submission of abstracts:

·     Abstracts must be in English. Abbreviations may be used only if they are defined.

The abstract must not exceed 350 words (count does not include title or authors). Abstracts should be typed single spaced, font size 10 in Word format using standard text, or text only format.

The title should be in bold, followed by the full name(s) of the author and all co-authors, including titles (e.g. Dr) and their affiliations.

The abstract must not contain bibliographical references, tables, diagrams or appendices. If accepted for presentation at the conference these can be added at a later date.

Abstracts must be presented in five headed paragraphs in the following order:

  1. Aims and hypothesis,
  2. Background,
  3. Methods,
  4. Results, and
  5. Conclusions.

Submissions are accepted on the understanding that the work is original and that it has been performed with the permission of any relevant ethical or legislative body.

All sources of financial sponsorship of the study should be stated at the end of the abstract.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 16 March 2020

Send your entries to

Joint conference with PARC: Mentalisation Based Treatment with Professor Anthony Bateman  Parc Logo_Final-02 (002)

  • When: 30 August - 1 September 2019
  • Where: Bangalore  
  • RSVP:  
‣ Full rate: ₹35,000/-  
‣ Early bird (before 30.04.19) : ₹28,000/-  
‣ Trainees: ₹25,000/-  
‣ Trainees early bird: ₹20,000/-  
‣ EMI option available for payment

‣ Scholarship available for limited candidates on successful application

Mentalisation Based Treatment, a psychotherapy framework, originally developed by UK based Professors Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy for the management of Personality Disorder, now has wide application in many mental disorders. 

This three-day basic course will give clinicians a unique opportunity to learn from the eminent professor himself. It will include didactic seminars, videos and small group experiential learning. Suitable for all mental health clinicians, including trainees. 


Members of the Division who would like to have an educational or training event endorsed by the South Asian Division are invited to submit an endorsement form to us by email

Our Division includes the following countries:

BhutanMaldivesSri Lanka
Democratic Republic of KoreaMyanmarThailand
Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry