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A proud moment for SGTians indeed!!
SGT in its quest of academic excellence, is putting sincere efforts to achieve International recognition and has achieved a major milestone today on 30th June 2017 with the establishment of UNESCO-Bioethics unit affiliated to UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Haifa,Israel.
Bioethics relates to the ethical issues pertaining to medicine, life sciences and associated technologies as applied to human beings. To revive these ethical principles, UNESCO established a chair in Bioethics at International centre of Health, law and Ethics, University of Haifa in 2001. Since then, it has spread its network in 5 continents and in about 56 nations worldwide.
The Inauguration of Unit in SGT University was done by Dr Russell D’Souza, Head, Asia Pacific Division, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics by presenting writ of appointment of establishment and Unit Head to Dr T.D Dogra, Pro-Chancellor SGT University. The Writ of appointment as Secretary of the Unit was awarded to Dr H.S Grover, Dean Education, Examination and International affairs. The appointment writ of establishment of student wing was given to Managing trustee Mr Dilpreet Singh Chawla and Dr M.S Sidhu. The Foundation steering committee members from the field of Medical sciences, Dental Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Behavioural Sciences, Agriculture, Indian Medical system and law were also given the certificates.
The Chief Guest for the inauguration was Prof. (Dr.) O.P. Kalra, Head, AIHSU-UNESCO Chair in Bioethics National Program and Honorable Vice Chancellor,Pt. B.D Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak. Dr Kalra in his address stressed upon the deteriorating doctor-patient relationship and stressed upon the growing need to inculcate ethical values among the students by incorporating ethics as a part of medical curriculum.
Dr Geethalakshmi, Chair Faculty Development AIHSU-UNESCO Chair in Bioethics National Program and Honorable ViceChancellor, The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University(TNMGRMU) was the Guest of Honour. Dr Geethalakshmi enlightened that the aim of this program is to stimulate an International network of institutes for medical ethics training and to help associating higher education institutes in both developing and developed countries.
Dr. Mary Mathew, Head of Indian Programme,UNESCO Chair in Bioethics , Professor, Manipal University and Dr Bipin Batra CEO, National Board of Examinations, Head, NBE-UNESCO Chair in Bioethics National program were the Guest of Honour and they stressed upon the need to develop up to date syllabus for medical ethics education and also highlighted that this will open opportunities to collaborate and participate in the research activities related to Bioethics across the Globe.
Dr Sukumar, Bioethics training faculty from MGR University, Dr Sanjay Tiwari, Dean and Principal, Postgraduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Rohtak, Dr Gajendra Singh, College of Pharmacy, Pt B D Sharma University and Dr Vikas Kakkar, Senior professor from ENT and Neal officer, Bioethics unit at Pt B D Sharma University also graced the occasion. The program included lamp lighting ceremony by all the dignitaries and the ceremony was concluded with the deliberation of vote of thanks from Secretary of Bioethics unit and Dean International affairs, Dr. H.S Grover for making the event a grand success.