Launching Paid Subscriptions on 1st July, 2021
The paid subscriptions will not only make psytizenship financially sustainable, but also keep it accessible for those who cannot afford to pay.
Thank you so much for being a part of the psytizenship community. With your support, I have published nine articles so far, including a 3,400-word critique of the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Act, 2021 (the NCAHP Act), as well as a 1,700-word FAQs guide on it.
The psytizenship has received appreciation from professors, practising psychologists, PhD candidates, students, and other readers. I am immensely grateful for your appreciation, love, and kindness. Thanks to psytizenship, several colleges, psychology associations and NGOs have invited me to speak on issues at the intersections of psychology, policy, and law. Furthermore, the professors and practitioners from various universities and organizations have sought my advice on matters related to the implementation of the NCAHP Act and other laws.
Earlier, hundreds of professionals, professors, associations, and students used my analysis to demand changes in the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill 2018 when it was being examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. Member of Parliament Bhartruhari Mahtab cited one of my articles in his speech during the discussion on this legislation in Lok Sabha.
The USP of psytizenship is that it produces rich and deeply researched articles on topics that are virtually never discussed in psychology classrooms. Leave alone university professors, for instance, even the top think tanks of India, including those working on mental health laws and policies, did not produce a single report on the NCAHP Act as far as mental health is concerned.
The mental health policy field requires both an ability to conduct quality research and a drive to inform public discussions. This work requires a significant investment of time and resources. Hence, without your financial support, psytizenship is not sustainable.
Therefore, on July 1, 2021, I am launching paid subscriptions. The paid subscription will help me cover —
a) operational costs of psytizenship (such as domain name, etc.),
b) subscription of periodicals and costs of purchasing articles, books and any other material required for research,
c) the fees of filing RTIs and accessing government documents,
d) a good stipend to research interns (that I plan to hire in coming months),
e) execution of multiple projects I am conceiving at this moment, and most importantly,
f) coffee and green tea for myself.
The subscription plans are a) Rs 300 per month, and b) Rs 3,000 per year. If you are feeling particularly generous, you can subscribe to the Founding Member plan at Rs 10,000 per year (or any amount more than Rs 3,000.)
I am aware that many psytizenship community members are students and early career professionals. Therefore, a 40% discount is available for such subscribers (you don’t need to show any proof to use the discount code. It’s an honour system.)
Along with the need to make psytizenship financially sustainable, it is also necessary that our work reaches all the psychology students, professionals and people of India. Therefore, for now, most of the articles will be freely available. By picking up a paid subscription, you are not only providing sustenance to psytizenship, but also keeping it accessible for those who cannot afford to pay.
Thank you again for reading and supporting psytizenship.
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