CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

By :- Deepak yadav

Code of professional ethics
The Primary purpose of written code of professional ethics is to encourage and inspire individual members to practice the profession in ethical manner. The code articulates professional ideals, and the duties and obligations of members of the profession. It also gives general guidelines for deciding the right conduct in professional situations.

Code of professional ethics
IEEE(Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is an international body representing nearly half a million engineers, working in the areas of electrical, electronics and computer engineering, all over the world.

IEEE Code of Ethics
We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the high ethical and professional conduct and agree:

IEEE Code of Ethics
1. To accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent with safety, health and welfare of the public , and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment. Engineers should be ever conscious that their activities are consistent with the laws of land, and contribute to the overall social and economic development of the nation.

IEEE Code of Ethics
They are not merely wage earners but responsible change agents for improving the quality of life. Engineering activities affect the health and safety of human beings. They are actually or potentially hazardous. However , making things safe costs money and therefore increases the cost of engineering goods and services.

IEEE Code of Ethics
Many a times the engineers' technical judgment on safety is overruled by management¶s decision, on financial grounds or on grounds of expediency.

IEEE Code of Ethics
2. To avoid real or perceived conflict of interest whenever possible and to disclose them to the affected parties when they do exist. Many different parties are affected by engineer¶s technical judgment and professional work. Sometimes the interests of these different parties clash with each other.

IEEE Code of Ethics
This clause gives guidance for ethical behavior in such situation.

IEEE Code of Ethics
3. To be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data. Engineers are often called upon to make future projections about a planned project or to evaluate a new technology. Professional integrity demands that they be objective , scientific and realistic in making their estimates and projections in such situations.

IEEE Code of Ethics
4. To reject bribery in all its forms. Bribe giving and bribe taking are both immoral and illegal . Bribery has many forms: accepting or giving money to certify sub standards goods and inferior quality of materials, to overlook violation of safety and environmental laws, to seek favour in award of contacts, etc.

IEEE Code of Ethics
5. To improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate application, and potential consequences. The word µappropriate¶ used in the code is very significant. It involves value judgments concerning what is the right use of technology , and what is its misuse.

IEEE Code of Ethics
6. To maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience , or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations. Mastery over the principles and practices of the profession , its knowledge and skills, is a primary demand on professionals. The second part of this clause enjoins the engineer not to undertake any project unless he or she is fully qualified to do so.

IEEE Code of Ethics
7. To seek , and offer honest criticism of technical work , to acknowledge and correct errors , and to credit properly the contribution of others. Specialists are generally sensitive about external criticism of their technical works. However, every human activity has possibility of error. Should they go unchecked and unverified such errors can cause damage to life and property.

IEEE Code of Ethics
Therefore a professionally upright engineer should willingly submit his/her designs, plans or other technical works for the scrutiny of other experts and seek their opinion and advice. The successful completion of any engineering work today is a result of team work. Many such achievements result in recognition and reward as well.

IEEE Code of Ethics
8. To treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion , gender , disability, age or national origin. This is restatement of a fundamental principle of civilized behavior in all situations. It needs emphasis in professional situations because engineering works always require formation of teams.

IEEE Code of Ethics
In our country such teams may have members coming from different regions , castes and class backgrounds. The quality of work life, as well as success of a project will be adversely affected due to prejudiced conduct of members.

IEEE Code of Ethics
9. To avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action. Many times because of professional rivalries and jealousies members act in a hostile manner, hurting each other¶s interests. Professionals are expected to be above such personal misdemeanors.

IEEE Code of Ethics
10. To assist colleagues and coworkers in their professional development and to support in following this code of ethics. Helping other members grow in their career is a fraternal obligation of the profession. The senior should act as mentor towards the juniors. They should be encouraged and given opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

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