Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) Minutes
S. No. of the AGM
Minutes of the 22nd Annual General Body Meeting
of SSV (Held at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi on Jun 10, 2019)
22nd AGM of SSV was held on Jun 10, 2019, at 3.00 pm at NPL for
electing new Office bearers and EC members for the period 2019-22. Following
SSV members including the present office bearers and EC members attended
1. Prof. K. L. Chopra
2. Prof Vikram Kumar
3. Dr. Hari Kishan
4. Prof B D Malhotra
5. Dr. R. K. Kotnala
6. Prof Indramani
7. Prof. Dinesh Abrol
8. Dr. Santa Chawla
9.Dr J C Sharma
10. Dr. T. K. Mondal
11.V. P. S. Awana
12.Dr Ved Varun
13.Dr Jyoti Shah
Scientist, NPL, was appointed the Election Officer and he informed that
e-mail was sent to 370 members of SSV informing them about the election of
new EC and requesting for nomination of office bearers of EC. Dr. Mandal
apprised the SSV members of nominations received through e-mail for SSV EC.
Since quorum for AGM was not complete, the meeting was adjourned for some
time and resumed later. The President, Prof. K.L.Chopra, welcomed all
members and requested Dr Mandal to initiate SSV-EC election process. The
Election Officer began EC election process requesting members to nominate
EC members one by one. Prof. K.L.Chopra expressed his desire to relinquish
the post of President, SSV. Dr. Indramani Mishra proposed the name of Dr.
R.K.Kotnala for President, SSV, which was seconded by Prof. Dinesh Abrol.
The new President elect and all the members unanimously requested Prof.
Chopra to be the Patron of SSV and Prof. Chopra agreed to it. Dr.
R.K.Kotnala proposed the name of Dr. Vikram Kumar and Dr. Indramani Mishra
as Vice Presidents of SSV, which were seconded by Prof. Chopra and they
were declared elected. The President elected Dr. R.K.Kotnala proposed the
name of Dr. Santa Chawla as secretary of SSV, it was seconded by Dr.
Indramani Mishra and Dr. Shubhrima Ghosh. For the post of Joint Secretary,
the name of Dr. Ved Varun was proposed by Dr. R.K.Kotnala and seconded by
Dr. J.C.Sharma. For the post of Treasurer, the name of Dr. Hari Kishan was
proposed by Dr. Indramani Mishra and seconded by Dr. R.K.Kotnala. New
Executive Council (EC) members were elected and names of special invitees
to EC were consented upon. The election officer Dr. Mandal endorsed the
names. Prof. Chopra congratulated the President elect Dr. R.K.Kotnala and
the new office bearers. Dr. R.K.Kotnala welcomed the newly elected team.
newly constituted EC of SSV is as follows:
1. Dr. R.K.Kotnala
2. Dr. Vikram Kumar (Vice
3. Dr. Indramani Mishra
4. Dr. Santa Chawla
5. Dr. Ved Varun (Joint
6. Dr. Hari Kishan
7. Dr. B.D.Malhotra (EC
8. Dr. J.C.Sharma (EC
9. Prof. Dinesh Abrol (EC
10. Dr Rakesh Singh (EC
11. Dr. Ashish Agarwal
12. Dr. Jyoti Shah (EC
13. Dr. N. Raghuram
14. Dr. V.P.S. Awana
Editor, N & V (Special Invitee)
15. Dr. S. Srivastava
Editor, N & V (Special Invitee)
16. Dr. Shubhrima Ghosh
17. Dr B V Reddi (Special
18. Dr B S Dwivedi
19. Dr Ashok Kumar
20. Dr Ram Kishore
The membership of SSV and
accountability of SSV members were discussed. It was discussed that the
termination of SSV membership in case of scientific misconduct by a member,
should be accorded by SSV. It was agreed upon that a declaration in this
regard would be included in the membership form which the applicant must
sign before being granted membership of SSV. The application form has to be
framed accordingly and put on the SSV website. AGM was concluded after
thanking the election office Dr.T.K.Mandal for conducting the SSV elections
Meeting ended with a vote of
thanks to the Chair.
K. Kotnala, K. L. Chopra,
Minutes of the 21st General
held at NPL on
Jan 28, 2015
21st GBM was held on Jan 29, 2015, at 3.00 pm in NPL for electing new EC
members for the period 2015-18. Due to lack of quorum in the GBM ,the
meeting was adjourned and reconvened later on. The following members
attended the meeting:
1. Prof. K. L. Chopra
2. Dr. B. Buti
Indra Mani Mishra
R. K. Suri
R. K. Kotnala
The President welcomed
the members and presented a report on the activities of SSV
during the year 2014. A summary of the report is as follows :
1) SSV was represented in the
following national activities:
a) One day (April 23 ) National
Seminar on Plagiarism Issues was organised by JNU
for 500 librarians. Talks were given by Dr. Kotnala, Dr.
Raghuram and Prof. Chopra
b) IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association
in Chennai organised an Essay Competition on Ethical Values in
Science among 60 high school students in Chennai under its
program of “Mindskool”. The essays were evaluated by the IITM
faculty and some SSV members. The four best essays were presented before
students and teachers of the 60 schools in a one day ( July 12)
seminar held at IITM.The seminar was addressed by the convenor (Prof
Subhramaniam of IITM) ,Director ,IITM, Prof Chopra, Dean of students of
IITKGP, and others. Besides the students,the teachers who attended the
function were very happy and appreciative of this unique seminar
on the subject of Ethics. The selected four
students were invited by IITKGP to spend a week in IITKGP.
c) Central University , Jammu
organised a one day ( Oct 29) National Seminar on Scientific Writing
. Prof Chopra was invited to address the seminar.
d) A Yahoo Reporter ,Rohit Anani,
has interviewd Dr Kotnala , Dr Indra Nath and myself .His article on SSV
“who will stop plagiarist” has appeared
On yahoo website with the
2) On invitation of the following
institutions , institutional seminars on Scientific &
Ethical Values were delivered by Prof Chopra : IITP ;
NITP ;IARI;MangaloreUniversity;IIEST-Kolkata;IIT, Gandhinagar ; IITM;BBIT,
Kolkata ; Amity University, Gurgaon ; Vel Tech University, Chennai
Chopra briefed the GBM on several important cases
of plagiarism and scientific misconduct which he has
invesigated., The details of these cases ( whichever and
whenever considered appropriate ) will be posted on our SSV
the presentation by the President, the GBM discussed
various issues faced by SSV . Some decisions taken were as follows :
1. It was agreed
that younger members from different parts of the country
be inducted to nurture the objectives of SSV. Members also agreed to
enhance the number of EC members from 8 to 12
2.After an extensive discussion
,it was agreed that a Seminar on the ethical and societal
issues related to GM Food be held soon at IARI, Dr Indramani
Mishra was requested to convene the Seminar.
3. It was agreed that our Website
and News & Views need to be strengthened considerably. The
new EC will discuss ways and means to do so.
4.The nomination of following new
members by the President of SSV was considered and approved for
membership of SSV :
N Ravi Chandra Raju |
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
for Organic Photonics & Electronics (COPE) | School of Chemistry
& Molecular Biosciences
University of Queensland, St Lucia | Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
firstname.lastname@example.org | +61733467995
(off.) | +61415197326
Ii}.Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur, JNU Librarian,
Tele +91-11-26742605, 26704551
Fax : +91-11-26741603
Mobile : 9810487158
Email email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
. 5. The GBM elected the
following office bearers and EC members of the Society for the period
Jan2015 to Jan 2018.:
: Prof. K. L. Chopra
President : Dr. N. Raghuram
& Dr. Indra Mani Mishra.
Dr. R. K. Kotnala
: Prof. S.S. Major
Dr. Hari Kishan
President ( Ex-Officio member)
Prof. P. M. Bhargava
P. N. Srivastava
Dr. P. N. Tiwari
( to be decided by the
Meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
R. K. Kotnala,
Secretary K. L.
Minutes of the 19th General Body
held at NPL on Jan 9, 2012
meeting held on Dec. 2, 2011, the EC decided to call a GB on
Jan 9, 2012 for electing new EC members for the period 2012-15.The
Election process attempted through E-mail was very
disappointing. in response. Therefore it was decided to hold
election in a GBM on Jan 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm. Due to lack of quorum in the
GBM ,the meeting was adjourned and reconvened later on. The following
members attended the meeting:
1. Prof. K. L.
2. Prof. Uttam
3. Prof. P. S.
4. Dr. Ashok
5. Dr. Hari
6. Prof. Indra
7. Dr. K.
8. Dr. S. N.
9. Dr. Anand
10. Indra Mani Mishra
11. Prof. P. B. Sharma
12. Dr. B. Buti
13. Dr. R. K. Saini
14. Prof.. N. R. Jagannathan
15. Dr. R. K. Kotnala
The GBM elected the following
office bearers of the Society for the period Jan2012 to Jan 2015.:
Prof. K. L. Chopra
Prof. P.B.Sharma &.
R. K. Kotnala
Immediate Past President
Prof. P. M. Bhargava
Dr. Vikram Kumar
Prof. Sisir Sen
Prof. Uttam Pati
Dr. S. N. Singh
Prof. N. R. Jagannathan
Dr. Hari Kishan
P. N. Srivastava
P. N. Tiwari
Dr. Ashok Kumar
Dr. K. Satyanarayana
Ex Officio Members
Dr. P. M. Bhargava
Meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
K. L. Chopra
Minutes of the 18th Annual General
Body Meeting (AGM of
the Society for Scientific Values
The 18th AGM of theSociety was announced to be
held at Delhi Technological University (DTU) on March13, 2011 but due
to lack of quorum it was adjourned. The adjourn AGM was held at 5.30
p.m. on May 18, 2011 at the National Physical Laboratory. It was
attended by 16 members of the Society.
As per the usual
format , the AGM proceeded with the presentations of the President ,
Secretary and Treasurer regarding the activities of SSV in the preceding
year. A summary of the main points of the three reports , which form
the Annual Report of SSV,is given as an Appendix to the
The AGM discussed various issues and concluded as
1.SSV deals with a large number of cases (
around 20 last year ) of plagiarism in the country. The members felt
there is a greater need to culture and nurture ethical values among
our knowledge creators. With the UGC advising universities to start a
two credit course on Ethical Values in S&T for post graduate and
research students, the request for advice on a suitable curriculum
and an appropriate handbook is being made by several
instituitions,SSV has already set up a committee , under the
convenership of Dr Indira Nath , to prepare a suitable manual. Three
chapters of the manual have been prepared and are included in our latest
News &Views.It is hoped that when completed , all chapters will
be printed in the form of a book .
2.The members felt that the manual must lay
emphasis on case studies pertinent to our conditions in the country.
Drs N. Raghuram, R Suri, and SK Sharma were requested to
contribute to such a chapter.
3. A suggestion was made and accepted that
SSV should honour and award those individuals who have
shown or implemented a high level of ethical values in some
form or the other
4.It was suggested and approved that SSV
should seek collaboration with the science academies of the country
for holding a seminar on Ethical Values during the “Decade of Science”
programme of the academies
5.The members approved the holding of a
National Seminar on ethical , scientific , intellectual property,and
financial accountability in publically funded projects by
government funding agencies in the country.
6. It was suggested that SSV should look into the
ethical aspects of the role of Foreign Universities in India, Dr R Suri
agreed to prepare a paper on the subject for discussion
7.The members raised a matter of serious ethical
concern regarding the non-negotiable demand of the faculty of
universities ( such as Delhi, IP and Jamia Millia) for
co-authorship of scientific publications without having
made any contributions to the research work conducted by PhD
students from national laboratories registered with the universities.
SSV will consider raising this issue in a proper forum
8. The president requested all members to be
actively involved in the activities of SSV and should hold meetings and
seminars on related subjects in academic institutions of their choice
9. In the absence of any grant from any
funding agency, in particular from DST ,the President appealed for
tax deductible contributions by members and well-wishers to our
Corpus fund which sustains our activities. Members appreciated and
applauded the contribution of Rs 5000 by Dr PN Tewari ( our founder
Secretary of SSV)and Rs 30,000 by Prof PN Srivastava ( our former
President of SSV)
10. On the expiry of the term of the present EC in
September, 2011, the members were requested to nominate new members
who would be prepared to devote some time to the activities of SSV
The meeting ended with thanks to the Chair
Appendix : Annual Report of SSV
1.The EC of SSV has been meeting regularly.During
the last year , it has met for four.times.
2. Like two years ago ,SSV organized joint
symposium with All India Students’ Spirituality Quest Conference in
Vigyan Bhavan and Delhi Technical University. The Spirtuality
conference was inaugurated by the President of India. Over 350
students participated in the Conference. Our (SSV) One day
session consisted of the annual Paintal memorial Lectruredelivered by
Dr Katoch, Director General , ICMR , followed by a
Special Lecture by Dr Vijay K.Saraswat Advisor to Raksha
Mantri, India. These lectures are available on our website and will
also be printed in our News & ViewsThereafter , in a
session at DTU, three lectures were delivered by Dr PN Tewari on “Basics
and General Principles of Ethics in Science” by Dr R. K. Kotnala on
“Science, Ethics and Sprituality” and Dr Indramani Mishra on
“Misconduct in Scientific Research and Publications”“ These lectures
created a lot of interest among the young scholars
3. News & Views of SSV brought out two issues
in the year. The issues are available on our website
(scientificvalues.org). The latest issue carries three articles which will
form a part of the Ethics Manual for teaching-learning process in academic
4.A number of academic institutions in the country
have requested the President , SSV to deliver lectures on Ethical Issues in
Science and Technology to faculty and students. Prof Chopra has delivered
lectures in : IIT Kanpur ; IIT Delhi ; BHU; IIT Madras; IP
University; Rajdhani College, Delhi University;WB TU,Kolkata ; Ailia
Univ, Kolkata;Hamdard University, Delhi; IHBT(CSIR), Palampur ;Indian
5. The president has been invited by four
prominent academic institutions to conduct official in-house
inquiries into cases of plagiarism by the concerned faculty. The
positive attitude of the Heads of Institutions in these cases towards the
importance of ethical values is to be appreciated. Due to sensitivity of
the institutions, these cases have not been posted on our website
5. Some 25 complaints of plagiarism ,
scientific misconduct or unethical practices have been received
from various institutions. Anonymous complaints are not paid any attention.
We investigated 20 such complaints. Only the very serious cases were
considered by the EC for posting on our website , as per our usual
6. Despite our best efforts, SSV has received no
response from DST for a grant to conduct seminars in the country. We have
therefore decided to build up a Corpus to enable us financial
autonomy to conduct seminars for culturing and nurturing ethical
values among academics. We have received approval from the department of
Income Tax for tax deductible contributions to SSV. Society is grateful to
Drs Kotnala and Hari Kishan for their sustained efforts to get Tax
exemption certificate from 809 from Income Tax Department.
7. We are grateful to Prof PN Srivastava, our
former President of SSV, for his donation of Rs 30,000 to SSV from
his Trust; and Dr PN Tewari, our Founder Secretary of SSV, for his
donation of Rs 5000 to SSV. May we appeal to all members to donate
whatever they can for a good cause.
8. Our Corpus is reasonable though more will make
it more convenient to hold national workshops. We use only the interest
from the fixed deposits for our expenditure. As per the report of the
treasurer, we have fixed deposits of Rs 11,43,322.30. Income during the
year 2010-11 through interest, life membership fee and donation was Rs
1,30,060 and we have been very strict with our expenditure and
have limited it to Rs Rs. 58,000/- only.
9. Our accounts are audited by M/S M.L.Puri &
Co As required by law, SSV files income tax returns .
10. All members are requested to
devote some of their time towards the activities and objectives
of SSV in whatever way they deem fit. The term of the present EC comes to
an end in September, 2011. Nominations for the new EC will be greatly appreciated.
Minutes of the
17th Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of the Society for
Seventeenth AGM was held at 5.30 p.m. on March 17, 2010 at National
Physical Laboratory immediately after the 5th Professor
A S Paintal Memorial lecture delivered by Dr Ramasami , Secretray DST. It
was attended by 24 members of the Society.
President welcomed the members. He talked about the various
activities undertaken by SSV during the year and urged member to
actively participate in the activities of the Society .
AGM decided as follows :.
- The annual report of
the activities of SSV by the Secretary ,as attached, was
- The Financial Report
for FY 2008 –
09 was presented by the Treasurer and approved. A
copy of audited accounts for 2008 – 09 is attached.
- The members discussed at length
various ways of making SSV role more effective besides
nurturing, sensitisation activities and as a watch dog. It
was suggested that some more activities be planned
after discussion with members
- Dr. P. N. Tiwari
suggested that a course of lectures/reading material on Ethical
Issues , Values and Conduct be compiled and posted on our
Open Access website .A committee consisting of the following was
requested to compile the requisite material in different domains:
1) Dr. Indira Nath
2) Dr. Raghu Ram
3) Dr. Indramani
Dr. P. N. Tiwari- Convenor
5. Dr. Indira Nath
was requested to write a suitable proposal for a Seminar /
Workshop on Bioethics to be submitted to
ICMR for obtaining grant-in-aid.
The AGM approved the election of Dr Indira Nath , Prof.
N.R.Jaganathan, and Dr. S. N. Singh to the EC against the
- The suggestion of Prof.
Sisir Sen that SSV membership should be open to persons
from humanities and social science background was
- Dr Krishan Lal pointed out
the need for updating and maintaining of the list , addresses
and email IDs of the members. . It was agreed that the Secretary will
circulate the list to all the members and request them to help
in updating the information on the basis of their personal
- The AGM decided
to remove Dr. P. K. Nagar from the primary membership of SSV
with immediate effect because of his publication of a
plagiarized article in the News &Views of SSV.
- The AGM congratulated
Prof. Sisir Sen on his being awarded the National
Medal Award 2008 for Excellence by Ministry of Mines ,GOI on Feb. 27,
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the
R. K. Kotnala
Minutes of the 16TH AGM and 73rd
EC Meeting of SSV held on 6th Apiril 2009 at NPL, New Delhi
The Executive Council meeting of Society for
Scientific Values (SSV) was held on 6th April 2009 at 3 pm in NPL under the
chairmanship of Prof. K. L. Chopra (President of SSV).
The meeting was attended by Drs. K L Chopra, ,P.N.Srivastava, N.
Raghuram, R K.Kotnala, Indramani Mishra, Hari Kishan, J C
Sharma, Sisir Sen, P N Tiwari and Bimla Buti. The following decisions were
Prof. Chopra welcomed all the members.
First of all the members expressed their condolences for the sad demise of
Prof. Ajit Ram Verma, founder member. The members observed 2 minutes
silence to pay homage to him and it was decided that condolence message
will be sent to the bereaved family of Prof. A. R. Verma.
The minutes of the last meeting were deliberated and approved unanimously.
The Hony. Secretary (R. K. Kotnala) informed to all the members about
progress made for getting Income Tax Exemption for SSV. Further he
informed about submission of report submitted to DST. It was also
decided that the utilization of fund/report will be sent to AICTE soon (in
Dr. P. N. Tewari requested to get him relieved from Editorship of New &
Views magazine and Dr. Santa Chawla shall take this responsibility.
President requested Dr. Tewari to be in advisory role for N & V.
It was agreed upon by EC members.
Dr. Kotnala informed that Miss Preeti, was hired at a consolidated payment
of Rs.4000/- p.m. for the International Conference on Magnetism work.
She has worked very satisfactorily and requested that her services to
be utilized for the SSV office work. All the members unanimously
agreed that her services should be utilized for the SSV work w.e.f. 1st
April 2009 at a consolidated salary of Rs.4000/- p.m.
Dr. Radesh Suri, Joint Secretary informed that book writing on ethics job
may be given to someone else due to his paucity of time.
Prof. P. N. Srivastava suggested to hire anexpert to write book on ethics
in Science & Engineering. Here, Dr. P. N. Tewari showed his
interest to write such book and asked for some help from Prof. K. L.
It was further decided that Prof. Chopra will contact US Academy of
Sciences for course work on ethics and will send the information to other
members particularly to Dr. P. N. Tiwari through e-mail.
There was a lot of discussion about Dr. Babbar’s (Delhi
University) case Dr. Raghuram informed about Prof. Babbar’s
papers, template copying etc. After a lot of discussions it was
concluded that Dr. Babbar has recycled some of the portion from his own
papers in proceedings. In this context Dr. Raghuram was requested to
enquire whether any inquiry against Dr. Babbar is pending with Aquatic
Botany Journal or not.
It was also decided that the case of Ph.D. student of Delhi University, who
has published two papers with different titles with almost the same text,
this case may be put on the website of the SSV.
Prof. Ram Pal Tandon’s resignation from the EC membership of SSV has been
accepted as he is unable to spare time for this activity.
Following new members nominations have been approved:-
1. Prof. N. Jaganathan ,AIIMS
2. Dr. Nahar Singh Mehta CSIO, Chandigarh
3. Dr. Randhawa (already approved in the earlier EC
4. Dr. Kulwinder Singh CSIO, Chandigarh
5. Dr.Vijay Kumar, ICMR
Many other cases of plagarisation such as Sitaraman’s Science
Congress, Randhawa’s Secretary General AIU were discussed and
resolved that sensitive cases should be put on the website of SSV.
Dr. Kotnala informed EC that a conference on Ethics in August 2009 can be
organized at Patna Women’s College, Patna
bears the expenses involved on food & tea in the conference. The
arrangement was agreed upon, further he informed the same intention of
Punjab University for organizing a conference on ethics, it was unanimously
We EC members of the Society for Scientific Values
(SSV), New Delhi deeply mourn the sudden demise of Dr. A. R. Verma, Ex –
Director NPL and a founder member of SSV was a dedicated, hard working and
good natured scientist. His passing away has saddened our hearts.
We pray the almighty to grant peace and eternal bliss to the departed
soul & give strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.
(K. L. Chopra)
Minutes of the 15th AGM of the Society for Scientific
of the 15 th Annual General Meeting of SSV held on Oct 24, 2007
The AGM was held at 4:30 pm on Oct 24, 2007 at
Delhi University . The meeting was attended by the following members of the
R.K. Kotnala, R.P. Tandon, U.C. Lavania, S.K. Sen,
R. S. Kaushal, B. Buti, P.N. Srivastava, N. Raghuram, Indramani, B.B.G.
Tilak, M.P. Srivastava, V.D. Vankar.
The minutes of the meeting are as follows :
1. The President presented the annual report of the
Society. The report is attached.
2. As per the earlier decision of the EC, those
members of EC who do not attend three consecutive meetings of the EC
without taking a leave of absence may be replaced. Accordingly, the
following members need to be replaced:
Dr Ashima Anand, Dr B B Sharma, Dr
Prankishan, and Dr Swaranjit Singh.
The members were asked to nominate
replacements. The following names were nominated and approved by the AGM:
Dr R Kotnala as Joint Secretary ; Dr
Vasantha Muthuswamy, Dr Harikrishna and Dr J C Sharma as members of EC.
Also approved were Dr Santa Chawla and
Dr S. Gupta as Associate Editor of News & Views and Prof S Sen and Dr
Bikash Raymahashay as members of the Editorial Advisory Committee.
On behalf of SSV and on my behalf, I
express our gratitude to the outgoing members for their service to the
3. The AGM approved the institutional membership of
Rajiv Gandhi Technical University , Bhopal . A one-time membership fee of
Rs 10,000/- was approved. The University will be listed on our website,
will be entitled to receive our News & Views, and will receive
assistance in the process of sensitization of its faculty and students for
ethical conduct of R&D activities.
4. The members discussed at length various ways of
making the vision and mission of the Society more visible to the scientific
community and public at large. Suggestions included more institutional
seminars at different places in the country, popular articles in media and
appropriate journals/ magazines, and media press conference. The EC will
take appropriate steps in this direction.
5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the
K L Chopra
Minutes of the 14th AGM of the
Society for Scientific
meeting was held on 11 May 2006 at NPL.
was attended by 22 members:
- Prof. K.L. Chopra,
- Prof. P.N.
- Dr. P.M.
- Dr. N. Raghuram,
- Dr. Indramani
- Dr. Bimla Buti,
- Dr. B.B.G.
- Dr. P.S. Datta,
- Dr. P.N. Tiwari,
- Dr. R.K.Kotnala
- Dr. Ashima Anand,
- Dr. B.D. Malhotra,
- Dr.R.S. Kaushal,
- Dr. N.D. Kaushika,
- Dr. B..B. Sharma,
- Dr. U.C. Lavania,
- Dr. Ram Kishore,
- Dr. Hari Kishan,
- Dr. Kishan Lal,
- Dr. A.V. Mohavir
- Dr. R.K. Suri.
following decisions were taken:
- The report of the President
on the activities during 2005-2006 has been approved.
- The EC
recommendation of shifting the Regd. office of SSV has been approved,
as follows: "Due to some uncertainty , the present registered office
of the Society may have to be changed. The AGM approved the change to
any other convenient address as deemed fit by the EC. The Director ,
NPL may be requested by the President to permit the use of
NPL address for the registered office of SSV."
- The EC
recommendation of opening regional chapters of SSV has been approved
and the EC has been authorised to work out the necessary modalities.
- The EC
recommendation of replacing any EC member absent for three consecutive
EC meetings (without information or sufficient reason) has been
approved and the EC has been authorised to find suitable persons as
- The support
rendered by Dr. Vikram Kumar to host various EC meetings, seminars and
the GBM in NPL, and the efforts of Dr. R.K. Kotnala in making the
necessary arrangements for all the events held at NPL are gratefully
Minutes of the 13th AGM of
the Society for Scientific
The meeting was held at 5:00 pm on
April 29, 2005 at the NRL Auditorium , Pusa Campus.
following members of the Society were present :
- Dr. P.S Datta
- Dr. B. Buti
- Dr. Ashima Anand
- Dr. Bansi Dhar Malhotra
- Dr. K. Satyanarayana
- Dr. N. D. Kanishka
- Dr. P. N. Tiwari
- Dr. S. K. Sharma
- Dr. B.B. Sharma
- Dr. Indra Mani Mishra
- Dr. K. L. Chopra
- Dr. R.S. Kaushal
- Dr. R. G. Sharma
- Dr. R. K. Kotnala
- Dr. B.B.G. Tilak
- Dr. N. Raghuram
- Dr. S.P. Singh
- Dr. B. Singh
- Dr. Vikram Kumar
- Dr. T.N. Chaudhary
- Dr. Rajesh Kochhar
AGM paid homage to the late Dr. AS Paintal, the founder President of
Reports were presented by the Treasurer and the President. Briefly, our
present SSV membership stands at 200. Rs. 7802/- were collected from
new members during 2004. The Rs 1 Lakh grant by DST was fully utilized. The
Society has a bank balance of Rs 1,17,241, primarily from the membership
fees and the DST grant of Rs 1 Lakh for the FY 2004-2005. The grant was
received in April 2005, but we understand from the DST that we will be
allowed to spend the grant during 2005.
The President reported on the various awareness /sensitisation Seminars
given by him at IIT, Delhi, DCE, GGS Indraprastha University and NPL. At
the invitation of the Chairman, Science Advisory Committee to the Cabinet
(SAC-C), the President made a presentation to SAC-C,
making a case for institutional (Local) S&T Ethics Committees, and an
autonomous National S&T Ethics Committee, acting as Watchdog-cum-Think
Tank for the country. What the government will do is not clear at present.
The President mentioned that a number of cases of unethical practices have
been reported to SSV. Some of these have been examined in detail. The
decision regarding which of these cases will be put up on the SSV website
will be taken by the EC. The next Newsletter (in process) will carry more
information on the subject.
The AGM approved the following :
- Due to some
uncertainty , the present registered office of the Society may have to
be changed. The AGM approved the change to any other convenient
address as deemed fit by the EC. The Director , NPL may be requested
by the President to permit the use of NPL address for the
registered office of SSV.
- Any two officers of
EC, namely President , Vice President, Secretary , or Treasurer be
authorized for operating accounts of the SSV.
- Research students
and young researchers may be nominated and elected by the usual
procedure for Associate Membership of SSV for a period of three years and
on payment of membership fee of Rs 300.
- Institutional (
academic and R&D ) membership of SSV through the regular procedure
of election of a member at a life-time fee of Rs 5000 be
- Donations and
sponsorship by corporates be accepted.
- Keeping in
mind that the society has no office and very limited funds , a
paperless and electronic office is the only way to serve the
membership. As one of its consequences, the procedure for election of
the new EC stands simplified and amended as follows :
"The EC will prepare a list of nominees for the new
Executive Council and send the ballot paper slate to the SSV
members by E-mail / post for approval or otherwise of each
nominee. The ballot will have blank spaces for any other
nomination to be suggested by the member".
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
Minutes of the 12th AGM of the
Society for Scientific
12th Annual General Body Meeting of
the SSV held on 8th March, 2004 at INSA, New Delhi
following were present:
- Dr. K.L. Chopra
- Dr. A.S. Paintal
- Dr.(Mrs.) Indira
- Dr. P.N. Tiwari
- Dr. Krishan Lal
- Dr.(Mrs.) Ashima
- Dr. A.C. Jain
- Dr. Pran Krishan
- Dr. R.C. Kaushal
- Dr. Inder Mani
- Dr. Sanjay K.
- Dr. B.B. Sharma
- Dr. P.S. Datta
P.N. Srivastava, Dr. Narendra Nath, Dr. P.N. Bhargava, Dr. Lalji Singh, Dr.
S.R. Valluri, Dr. H.D. Kumar, Dr. V.P. Dimri, Dr.(Mrs.) Vasantha
Muthuswamy, Dr. A.V. Moharir, Dr. Radesh Suri conveyed their inability to
attend the meeting due to prior commitments.
President SSV welcomed all the members present. The Agenda items were
discussed and the following decisions were taken:
- The minutes of the
11th AGB meeting of the SSV were confirmed.
- The President, SSV
gave an overview of the various activities of the SSV in the recent
past and present, briefed the members on the actions taken on the
earlier decisions of the SSV and the proposed future activities of the
SSV. He emphasized on increasing the number of members and
participation of more and younger persons to enhance the awareness on
the ethical and moral issues and norms in pursuit of science.
- The Secretary, SSV
presented an overview of the SSV activities and mentioned that despite
limited infrastructure and facilities available with the SSV
Secretariat, during the last one year, 5 Executive Council meetings
and 2 AGB meetings have been organized. All the minutes of the various
meetings were prepared and distributed to different members all over
the country and abroad. A seminar on "Ethics in
Science" was organized in INSA. The first issue of the SSV
bulletin was brought out and the draft for the second bulletin is
ready to be given to printer. Plans have been made to organize a panel
discussion/seminar to be held at IIT, Delhi on 7th of
April, 2004. 15 new life members were elected. Relevant
correspondences were made with DST for release of DST fund and succeeded
in getting the funds released by the end of the year 2003.
Materials were provided for web site and web site was updated.
- The Treasurer
presented the expenditure statement and informed that the balance amount
from the DST fund during this financial year will be
- The letter of Dr.
S.R. Valluri regarding code of conduct was distributed to all the
members present. A draft document on the code of conduct prepared by
Dr. P.N. Tiwari was also distributed to all the members. The members
felt that both these documents have several points which are very
important and many of the points are of common nature. Mention was
also made of the following code of conduct documents: Max Planck
Society, Germany document, adopted by the CSIR; Alliance of European
Academies and Universities Document; US Office of Research Integrity.
The President suggested that it will be worthwhile to integrate these
documents along with the suggestions made in several other available
many other similar documents. Dr. P.N. Tiwari, Dr.(Mrs.) Indira Nath
and Dr. B.B. Sharma were requested to integrate such available
documents and prepare a draft document for wide circulation to
the members, academic institutions and the concerned GOI
- The members
urged that the Minister of Science & Technology be again
requested for continuing the grant by the DST and the
possibility of having a permanent Office of Research Integrity
in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat or at any other appropriate place
meeting ended with vote of thanks to the Chair.
Minutes of the 11th AGM of the Society for
Minutes of the Annual General Body meeting of the
SSV held on 28th April, 2003 at INSA premises.
1. Dr. K.L. Chopra
2. Dr. A.S. Paintal
3. Prof. A.R. Verma
4. Dr. P.N.
5. Prof. N. Nath
6. Dr. P.N. Tiwari
7. Dr. Kishan Lal
8. Dr.(Mrs.) Ashima
9. Dr. H.K. Prasad
10. Dr. I.M. Mishra
11. Dr. P.S. Datta
Dr. P.N. Bhargava, Dr. G. Govil, Dr. Lalji Singh, Dr.
V.P. Dimri, Dr. Rajiv Raman, Dr. R.V. Rastogi, Dr. K.L. Pathak, Dr. Prem
Narain and Dr. Indira Nath conveyed their inability to attend the meeting
due to prior commitments.
A condolence was expressed for Prof. J.N. Kapur by
observing two minutes silence. Prof. J.N. Kapur contributed significantly
in different activities of the SSV.
The President, SSV gave an overall view of the
various activities of the SSV in the past and present, briefed the members
on the actions taken on the earlier decisions of the SSV, the proposed
future activities of the SSV, and a brief description of the talks
delivered by different speakers in the seminar on Ethics in Science. He
suggested that participation of more and younger persons is required to
enhance the awareness on the ethical and moral issues and norms in pursuing
science. This requires increasing membership of active scientists as well
as non-scientists committed to the objectives of the SSV. Finally, Dr
Chopra mentioned that DST is considering our request sympathetically for
providing some financial support to run the routine activities of the SSV.
The agenda was discussed and following decisions were taken.
1. As recommended
by SSV-EC, it was agreed that life membership fee be increased to Rs.500/-
without admission fee and that for the NRIs be fixed at $100.
2. SSV should make
an effort to interact with and involve all scientific Societies with
similar objectives on discussing ethical issues in the pursuit of science
and technology. In this connection the President, SSV will also write a
letter to Mrs. Shashi Mishra, Additional Secretary, ICAR who has shown keen
interest on ethical issues in pursuing agricultural science through
establishment of a National Academy in ICAR complex.
3. It was resolved
that the President, SSV will write to the UGC, AICTE, ICMR, ICAR etc. that
SSV recommends strongly that, as a measure of ethical concern, all approved
Ph.D. thesis should list the names of the thesis examiners.
Funds permitting, SSV will make an effort to organize an International
Conference on Ethics in Science at the end of next year at INSA premises.
constitutional amendments (attached) in the SSV constitution recommended by
the EC were discussed and approved for placing before the members for
approval as per rules.
The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the Chair.
( K.L. CHOPRA
( P.S. DATTA )
Minor amendments suggested in the SSV constitution
1. Membership of
active non-scientists committed to the aims and objectives of the SSV.
2. Life membership
fee be increased to Rs.500/- without admission fee and that for the NRIs be
fixed at $100.
3. In the entire
Rules & regulations, wherever 'he' occurs, it should be deemed to
include 'she", and similarly for him, his, etc., the proper cognates
deemed to have been included. It needs to be put at the top of all the