Fr Denzil Lobo SJ
Mangalore: Dr Shafik Dharamsi, Faculty Fellow in Residence, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Global Health Network, University of British Columbia, Canada visited St Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology (AIMIT) , on August 17, 2012. He gave a talk to the MBA students on Corporate Ethics.
Dr Safik highlighted the importance of teaching of ethics in Management Education and said that the goal of Management education should be, to turn out ethical leaders and not persons who are greedy of money. Citing many global examples where greed by some CEO's has led to the collapse of many global enterprises, he told the students that our education should promote right type of leaders for tomorrow. He appreciated the Jesuit Education which puts emphasis on ethics in corporate world.
He also said that competence should not be at the cost of conscience. He also mentioned that we need to be aware of what is happening around and be proactive. The problem today is that people are morally deaf and remain silent to the issues and problems in the society and the corporate sector.
He stated that 50 % of Canadian students, and 70% of US students had indulged in cheating in their exams. He showed how very little of the tax money is needed to eradicate the real causes in the world like basic education, poverty and food, whereas people spent $48 million in cosmetics and the governments invested $780 million on military. He suggested to the students to read the two books, 'The cheating Culture by David Callahan' and 'The Moral Conscience by Fredrick Bruce Bird'. He spoke about the social and ethical responsibility of a professional and said that as future professionals they should be able to think technically, ethically and responsibly.
At the end he mentioned that his visit to the refugee camp during the medical profession had triggered a change in his life. MBA student Jaswin Joseph delivered the vote of thanks.