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AIMS at Kochi has been appointed as the Nodal Centre for UNESCO Bioethics for SAARC countries.
Dr N Dinesh from AIMS has taken charge as the Head, Kerala State, for the UNESCO Bioethics Network.
The event to mark the occasion was attended by Justice JB Joshy, Chairperson, Kerala Human Rights Commission; Dr Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr P Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita University; Dr Russell D'Souza, Head, Asia Pacific Division of Chair of UNESCO Bioethics; Prof Dr OP Kalara, Vice Chancellor, Pandit BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Haryana; and Prof Dr Arun Jamkar, President, Association of Indian Health Science Universities, along with Dr Mary Mathew, Head, National Training UNESCO Bioethics in Haifa and Dr A Marthanda Pillai, Coordinator, National UNESCO IMA Bioethics.
The UNESCO Bioethics Network in collaboration with the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences will study and develop curriculum for teaching, training and research in the field of bioethics (the field of ethical practice in medical and biological research), in order to address the lack of a composite bioethics structure in the SAARC countries.
The mandate is to develop an up-to-date syllabus for medical ethics education based on the well-accepted core curriculum of the UNESCO, which would also satisfy the requirements of medical schools in a region.