School of Law, IMS Unison University’s third National Seminar 2017 on “SURROGACY: ETHICAL, LEGAL, SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES” was inaugurated today by Chief Guest Dr. Justice  B. S. Chauhan, Chairman- Law Commission of India and former Judge, Supreme Court of India.

Tracing the historical evolution of surrogacy in Indian mythology, Dean School of Law Dr. Brijmohan Dimri, in his welcome address stated that the medical ingenuity of surrogacy, which is against the law of nature, has ethical issues to be deliberated upon. He exhorted delegates not to let Indian daughters become cash cows and India a baby making factory and expressed the desire that this seminar will make an effort to analyze surrogacy from Indian perspectives.

Giving an overview of the seminar, Dr. Saroj Bora, Head School of Law, stated that the recently proposed Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016 was the genesis of this National Seminar 2017 on “SURROGACY: ETHICAL, LEGAL, SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES”. It aims to bring together views of academicians, health and legal professionals, experts in the field as well as those of students. She also said that the seminar received an overwhelming response from academicians and research scholars all over the country. Eighty papers will be presented by delegates from IIT Kharagpur, Punjab University, AMU, RMNLU Lucknow, HNLU, Amity Noida, Jaipur, Lucknow, Symbiosis Pune amongst many others. Spread over two days and five brainstorming technical sessions chaired by eminent Chairpersons, she hoped the seminar will provide a good opportunity to foster networking and sharing of knowledge through engaging debates and discussions.
Dr. R. K. Pandey, Vice Chancellor, expressed concern that the surrogate mother, often on the lowest rung in Indian context, is unaware of her rights and suffers from ignorance. He expressed the desire that this seminar would deliberate on such issues.
Chancellor, Dr. M. P. Jain welcomed delegates from far and wide to participate and deliberate on an apt topic which is contemporary and relevant in both national and international contexts.

Chief Guest Dr. Justice B. S. Chauhan, stressed upon the importance of law and justice. He said justice is a complex subject and has not yet been defined. Whoever wins the case in court, fees justice has been done, even though he may have used crooked ways to win his case. He said justice is the product of taking decisions and no one can do it perfectly. He raised a pertinent question of whether law and morality can go hand in hand. He said morality cannot be enforced just as law is. Making many references to Indian history, British and American legal history he traced the change in morality from time to time and said that morality and criminality may coincide but not necessarily co-exist. Coming to the topic of the seminar, he said that the development of science and technology has reduced the world to a global village and that law must evolve to keep pace with it. Tracing the legal trajectory of surrogacy all over the world, he raised questions on its ethical, legal and socio-economic dimensions. He asked the delegates to examine threadbare important issues like: is it immoral to create life, if the contract fails due to divorce of parents who is to take care of the surrogate child, if the surrogate mother has to undergo an abortion due to health issues, etc. 
The Inaugural Ceremony concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Organizing Secretary, Mr. Shoaib Mohammad who thanked the dignitaries, delegates and faculty members in successful organization of the seminar. The seminar souvenir was also released by the Chief Guest.

The day witnessed two brainstorming technical sessions with 30 paper presentations on the themes of ‘Ethics, Morality and Surrogacy’ and ‘Surrogacy and Women’s Right to Health’ chaired by Col. (Dr.) D. P. Dimri, Former Advisor, Government of India on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Ex-President-Uttaryani, Delhi and Dr. Sachiv Kumar, Reader In Law, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration respectively. 
Day one of the seminar closed with a cultural evening hosted by students of School of Law who refreshed and energized the delegates for Day 2 of the seminar.