Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC), SIUT was
inaugurated on October 8, 2004 in Karachi, and remains the
only such centre in Pakistan to date. CBEC was established
recognizing the need for ethics related education and research
in Pakistan that are relevant and responsive to local cultural
and social realities, and the absence of any institution
in the country dedicated to this task at a national level.
objectives of CBEC include serving as an academic and intellectual
resource for Pakistan, and assisting in development of individuals
sensitive to indigenous issues and with the capacity to
impart ethics education to healthcare communities and beyond.
CBEC faculty undertakes constructively critical research
that explores the role of cultural and religious norms and
socioeconomic realities in shaping value systems prevalent
in society. Through its perspectives, the center aims to
enrich the predominantly philosophical and secular discourse
in contemporary bioethics, and to network with regional
and international professionals and institutions involved
in similar efforts.
conducts workshops, seminars, and conferences many of which
are open to the public, both on-campus and in universities
around Pakistan. Its formal programs include a one year
Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Ethics (PGD), instituted
in 2006, and a two year MA in Bioethics (MBE) that will
graduate its first class in the fall of 2011. The PGD program
has produced 41 healthcare related professionals so far
belonging to institutions in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad,
Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Jamshoro, Larkana and Nawabshah.
Many PGD alumni are playing a leading role in initiating
ethics related education in their parent institutions, while
others have been active contributors to regional ethics
journals such as the Asian Bioethics Review, the Indian
Journal of Medical Ethics, and the Pakistan Journal of Medical
Ethics. The current President and Vice President of the Asian Bioethics Association are alumni of CBEC academic programs.