Centre for Ethics
Welcome to Yenepoya University




Established in April 2011, the Centre for Ethics at Yenepoya University will foster a renaissance movement in the field of ethics thereby leading to a paradigm shift in the approach of the various stakeholders towards ethics in health care and research and enrich the curriculum of other academic fields. 



The Centre for Ethics, Yenepoya University will, through a process of change management and collaborative leadership, bring bioethics into the mainstream of all health care academics, clinical and research applications.  



To inculcate in all professionals a sense of ethical responsibility towards their job, family and society thereby making them better citizens, in a global sense.




The Centre for Ethics, Yenepoya University will


  • Promote ethical concepts among the various stakeholders in the University, and foster a sense of ethical practices that will enhance the quality of health care.
  • Train interested individuals in the fields of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Health Care Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Research Ethics and other interdisciplinary areas, empowering them with skills necessary for resolving ethical problems.
  • Give support to clinical staff in the form of clinical ethics consultation
  • Encourage trans-cultural explorations of ethical practices and will assist the stakeholders in accepting every view point, however digressive.
  • Provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue in ethics and thereby promote the national values of professional and ethical leadership.
  • Explore the possibilities of conducting research in different fields of ethics and encouraging collaborative research.
  • Seek out similar centres/departments and enter into partnerships with them for a broader interaction and cooperation

Academic Courses:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics & Medical Ethics:
Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics & Medical Ethics (PGDBEME) is a one-year contact program based academic course that is reinforced by field visits and mock reviews.  This program begins every January and covers all the areas of bioethics such as morality, theories of ethics, duty-based ethics, research ethics and clinical ethics.

Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ethics: 

The six-month long Certificate Course in Clinical Ethics Consultation (CCCEC), being conducted since 2011 November, jointly by the Centre for Ethics, Yenepoya University and the Department of Philosophy, Ethics and History of Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany, has been upgraded to a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Ethics.  Dr. Norbert W Paul, Professor and Director of the Department of History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany,  is the visiting Professor  at the Centre for Ethics .   The course is open to all students with a Master’s in any disciplines relating to Health, Law, Philosophy, Religion, Ethics and Humanities and Bachelor’s of the same back ground with three years of clinical experience.   Clinical ethics is covered in depth and the participant will be trained to run a clinical ethics consultation in his/her institution, besides getting a grounding in basic bioethics. 


Intensive Summer Workshop on Ethics and Research (I-SWEAR)

The main focus of the Intensive Summer Workshop on Ethics and Research (I-SWEAR) is to empower participants who are presently engaged in research or are serving on institutional ethics committees or are likely to serve in the coming years – to give them the knowledge and tools to recognize and deal with various ethical issues arising out of research being done on human subjects.  The course also trains participants in Good Clinical Practice along the guidelines laid down in the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH-GCP). 

This five-day Intensive Summer Workshop on Ethics and Research (I-SWEAR) program is being conducted for 5 days, spread over 20 sessions in the month of May every year.  Topics covered are relevant to the present day scenario of biomedical research in India, and structured using revised guidelines of Indian Council of Medical Research on ethical issues in biomedical research, Schedule Y of Drugs and Cosmetics Act (including recent amendments and Supreme Court decisions), ICH-GCP guidelines and other relevant national and international regulations.  

The resource faculty includes luminaries like:

a)  Dr. Richard Cash:   Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA (presently with Public Health Foundation of India - PHFI).


b)  Dr.  Amar  Jesani:    Honorary  Trustee  of  Anusandhan  Trust,  Mumbai  and Founder/Current Editor - Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.


c)  Dr. Arun Bhatt: President  Clininvent Research Pvt.Ltd. Mumbai


d) Dr. Mala   Ramanathan:  Additional Professor,  Achuta Menon Centre for Health Science Studies and Member, Institutional Ethics Committee, Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Trivandrum.


e) Dr. Vina Vaswani: Head –Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Yenepoya Medical College and Director, Center for Ethics, Yenepoya University.


f)   Dr. Nandini K Kumar:  Former Deputy Director General Senior Grade of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi and Adjunct Visiting Prof., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. 


g) Dr. Roli  Mathur: Sr. Scientist, Indian council for Medical Research, New Delhi. 


h) Dr. Ananth Bhan: Researcher, Bioethics and Global Health at Pune and visiting   Professor to the Centre for Ethics at Yenepoya University Mangalore.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, granted a financial assistance for organizing the Research Ethics Workshop. The  Karnataka  Medical  Council  Trust  ®,  Bangalore  had  awarded nine  hours  of accreditation for the five days program and one hour per day accreditation to faculty.


Elective courses for Undergraduate students in Environmental Ethics :

The Centre for Ethics and Yenepoya University realize the need for increasing awareness among health care professionals about the urgent and pressing need for restoring ecological and environmental balance.   To this end we offer elective course on environmental ethics, a total of ten hour five classes for 5 Fridays, for the undergraduate students of Yenepoya University.


Elective  courses  for Undergraduate  students  in Biomedical  Ethics :

Centre for Ethics and Yenepoya University realize the need for increasing awareness among undergraduate students about the central and critical role of bioethics in the discharge of professional duties and responsibilities.   To this end we offer, elective course on bioethics, a total of 12 hour classes on every alternate Fridays for the undergraduate students of Yenepoya University.


Applied ethics for Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT) Interns:

Following the basic training during the BPT curriculum,  the Centre for Ethics engages Interns in interactive and self developing case scenarios in the area of applied Bioethics (six two - hour sessions)


Bioethics teaching for Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT) and Masters in Physiotherapy (MPT):

The Centre for Ethics engages these students as per Yenepoya University Physiotherapy curriculum, for 20 hours of basic bioethics.  







 Dr. Vina Vaswani is a qualified bioethicist with a background of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology.  She completed her Masters (MA) in Bioethics in 2008, as an Erasmus Mundus scholar from three European Universities (Belgium, Netherlands and Italy).  She also has postgraduate diplomas in Medical Law & Ethics and Human Rights Law, both from National Law School of  India University, Bengaluru. She is currently pursuing PhD from Dublin City University, Ireland. She is the member secretary of Yenepoya University Ethics Committee.







b.International Faculty




 Prof. Dr. Norbert  W. Paul is the Director of the Department of History, Philosophy and Ethics in Medicine, at the Johannes Gutenberg Medical University, Mainz, Germany.  Dr. Paul was the founder editor of Medicine Studies (Springer Link), created and conceived as a platform for interdisciplinary scientific inquiry.








 Prof. Dr. Bert Gordijn is Director of the Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland. He was awarded a doctorate in Philosophy from the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, a doctorate in Bioethics from the Radboud University Nijmegen. He is a Visiting Professor at Lancaster University (UK), Georgetown University (USA), the National University of Singapore and the Fondation Brocher (Switzerland).










c. National Faculty





 Dr. Amar Jesani is an eminent bioethicist, based and working out of Mumbai, India. He is the founder of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME), (www.issuesinmedicalethics.org ) and currently its editor.  He is also a Trustee of Anusandhan Trust - a trust dedicated to empowering disadvantaged peoples and providing technical assistance to organizations doing research and advocacy.








 Dr. Anant  Bhan is a Researcher at Bioethics and Global Health, Pune and an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Ethics and Department of Community Medicine, Yenepoya University, Mangalore.











 Dr. Ravi Vaswani is the Professor, Internal Medicine at Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore and faculty at the Centre for Ethics.  He is trained in bioethics and health professions education.  His areas of interest include HIV medicine, clinical ethics and medical education. He is a member of YU Ethics Committee.










Dr. Uma Kulkarni is a Professor and also Additional Director, Centre for Health Professions Education in Ophthalmology, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore and faculty at the Centre for Ethics.  She is trained in Bioethics and Clinical Ethics. She is a member of YU Ethics Committee









Ms.  Sachitha Nandagopal is a Tutor in Medical Humanities at the Centre for Ethics. She has pursued her masters’ in Mass Communication and Journalism and has been in teaching field from last 17 years












Yenepoya University Centre for Ethics is now a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).   CFE is one among the 1000 colleges and universities in  some 120 countries who are working with the United Nations   to  promote global   priorities, i n c l u d i n g  p e a c e ,  h u m a n  r i g h t s  a n d sustainable development




Enhancing quality of research through protection of research participants


Details of Yenepoya Ethics Committee - 1 may be found at www.ethics.edu.in.



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