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New Delhi Consultation Meeting on Codes of Ethics

UNESCO Bangkok/ New Delhi Consultation Meeting on Codes of Ethics in Engineering and Sciences

 

24-25 April, 2006, New Delhi, India

 

 

Meeting Agenda

 


Monday, 24th April

09:00 – 10:30 Registration


 

10:30 – 11:00 Opening Session

 

Ms. Minja Yang, Director, UNESCO New Delhi

 

Mr. Keshav Desiraju, Secretary General, Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO


 

11:00 – 12:00 Session 1: Ethics of Science and Technology, and Goals of the Meeting

 

Chair: Ms. Leila Seth, Jurist, India (Member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)

 

• UNESCO Programmes in Ethics of Science and Technology and Goals of this meeting – Dr. Darryl Macer, Regional Advisor in Social and Human Sciences for Asia and the Pacific, a.i., UNESCO Bangkok

 

• Codes of Ethics in Science and Engineering in Japan, with International Comparisons - Jun Fudano, Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan (Member of COMEST)

 

• Codes of Ethics in Engineering in India. Speakers include:

 

1. Professor Dinesh Mohan, Professor and Coordinator, Centre for Biomedical Engineering, IIT, New Delhi

 

2. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Scientific Secretary to DG, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi

 

Discussion will focus on mapping existing codes of ethics and conduct relating to physical sciences and engineering in India


 

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 17:30 Session 2: Discussion and Review of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers

 

Chair: Dr. Darryl Macer, UNESCO Bangkok

 

• Does the 1974 Recommendation fit Emerging Areas of Life Sciences - Prof. P.N. Tandon, President, National Brain Research Centre, Manessar, India (Member of UNESCO International Bioethics Committee).

 

• Plenary discussion including the following themes:


1. Publication of Ethics and the Internet

 

2. Commercialization

 

3. Scientific/Professional Responsibility

 

4. Identification of specific elements of codes relating to certain professions
 
• Conclusion


20:00 – 21:30 Dinner


 

Tuesday, 25th April
10:30 – 11:45 To be announced


11:45 – 13:00 Session 3: Roundtable Discussion on Ethical Codes in Life Sciences

 

Chair: Leila Seth, Jurist, India (Member of COMEST)

 

Speakers include:

 

Prof. S.P. Thyagarajan, Vice Chancellor of University of Madras, Chennai

 

Dr. Nandini Kumar, Deputy Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi


Mr. S. Basu, Advocate, Supreme Court and Associate, Amarchand Mangaldas, New Delhi


Dr. Anwar Nasim, Chairperson, Commission for Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan


Dr. S. K. Tandon, ADG, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi

 

Discussion will focus on mapping existing codes of ethics and conduct relating to life sciences (including agriculture, biomedical sciences) in India


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 15:00 Session 4: Discussion on Ethics Codes in Society

 

Chair: Dr. Darryl Macer, UNESCO Bangkok

 

Speakers include:

 

Professor V. V. Krishna, Professor in Science Policy and Chairperson, Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP) School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University


15:00 – 16:00 Comments from the Religious groups:


• Hinduism


• Islam


• Christianity


• Jainism


• Sikhism


16:00 – 17:30  Plenary discussion including the following themes:

 

1. Review of the Summary form Day 1 (Session 2)

 

2. Discussion of  the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers

 

3. Commercialization

 

4. Professional Responsibility

 

5. Effectiveness of Sanctions and Current Regulations

 

6. Desirability of Universal Codes across disciplines and between cultures


17:30 – 18:00 Conclusions of the Meeting

 

Leila Seth, Jurist, India (Member of COMEST)


Darryl Macer, UNESCO Bangkok


20:00 – 21.30  Dinner